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Powered Hand Tools - Belt Sanders

What should you do to work safely with belt sanders?

  • Wear safety glasses or goggles, or a face shield (with safety glasses or goggles).
  • Wear a dust respirator for dusty operations.
  • Make sure the sander is switched "OFF" before connecting the power supply.
  • Disconnect power supply before changing a sanding belt, making adjustments, or emptying dust collector.
  • Inspect sanding belts before using them. Replace those belts worn or frayed.
  • Install sanding belts that are the same widths as the pulley drum.
  • Adjust sanding belt tension to keep the belt running true and at the same speed as pulley drum.
  • Secure the sanding belt in the direction shown on the belt and the machine.
  • Keep hands away from a sanding belt.
  • Use two hands to operate sanders – one on a trigger switch and the other on a front handle knob.
  • Keep all cords clear of sanding area during use.
  • Clean dust from the motor and vents at regular intervals.

What should you avoid while working with belt senders?

  • Do not use a sander without an exhaust system or a dust collector present that is in good working order. Empty the collector when 1/4 full. The dust created when sanding can be a fire and explosion hazard. Proper ventilation is essential.
  • Do not exert excessive pressure on a moving sander. The weight of the sander supplies adequate pressure for the job.
  • Do not work on unsecured stock unless it is heavy enough to stay in place. Clamp the stock into place or use a "stop block" to prevent movement.
  • Do not overreach. Always keep proper footing and balance.
  • Do not cover the air vents of the sander.
Belt Sander

Refer to Powered Hand Tools - Basic Safety for Electric Tools for general safety tips.

Document last updated on December 20, 2013
Document confirmed current on August 15, 2019

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