Tool Safety and Operation
- Wear proper personal protection equipment. Safety glasses or face shield are required. Wear hearing protection that is appropriate for the level and duration of the noise in the tool room. A dust mask is recommended. Do not wear gloves.
- Wear proper apparel. No loose fitting cloths or neckties. No loose jewelry. Long hair must be covered or tied back. Non-slip footwear is recommended.
- Keep the work area clean. Cluttered areas and benches invite accidents.
- Make sure the machine is switched off before plugging in the tool.
- Disconnect the power supply before changing the sanding belt.
- Inspect sanding belts before using them. Replace worn or frayed belts.
- Install a sanding belt that is the same width as the sanding drum.
- Install the sanding belt in the direction shown on the belt and on the machine.
- Adjust sanding belt tension to keep the belt running true and at the same speed as the turning drum.
- Most belt sanders have a locking pin that holds the trigger "on" until disengaged. Make sure that the trigger is in the "off" position before plugging in the sander.
- Keep hands away from moving belt. Use two hands to operate the sander - one on the handle with the trigger switch and the other on the front handle knob.
- Do not exert excessive pressure on the moving sander. The weight of the sander provides 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.
- Keep all chords clear of sanding area during use.
- Clean dust from the motor and vents at regular intervals. Empty the dust collector when it becomes half full.
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