Grinder (Tool)

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The Icon Item Grinder Grinder Is a tool in Space Engineers used to break down the blocks that make up ships and stations. It is one of 4 tools currently in the game and one of 4 you spawn with including the Hand Drill and Welder. The Grinder significantly increases the rate at which suit energy drains.

In PvP, it can be effective to sabotage an enemy ship using the Grinder: disassembling essential blocks, such as Reactors, Medical Rooms, and Refineries, before making a swift escape, and emptying their inventories into friendly ships, with the stolen components. Unlike the standard "Fireworks Show", this strategy makes a raid against a ship profitable.

The Grinder (Tool) seems to have a much higher damage output than the Automatic Rifle. Since the rifle also uses ammunition, the Grinder is a far more effective weapon for PvP, best used as an ambush or in tight places.


There are now three better, upgraded versions of each of the main four tools available for creation at the Assembler. Below is a comparison of all four grinders. Values for speed and energy consumed are tested on one heavy armor block at the "realistic" setting and are all approximate. "Energy Used" is especially questionable because of the slow update speed of the suit's energy value on your GUI. Values for each metal is what is required to assemble each grinder on the "realistic" setting.

Grinder Upgrades Speed (Sec.) Energy Used (Suit %) Iron (Fe) Nickle (Ni) Cobalt (Co) Silicon (Si) Silver (Ag) Platinum (Pt)
Standard 37 10.5 3 1 1 1 0 0
Enhanced 16 4.6 3 1 2 6 0 0
Proficient 12 2.8 3 1 1 2 2 0
Elite 5 2 3 1 1 2 0 2