All power sanders have the potential to cause serious skin burns if not used correctly. Find a list of common sense safety measures you should take before undertaking your sanding project.
No buts, you should always wear safety glasses with side shields or safety goggles for complete eye protection. Sunglasses may look cool but don’t offer enough protection.
Make sure you don’t have any loose fitting clothing, or jewellery and if you have long hair tie it back..
Many power sanders are loud particularly on start up. If you can afford them get noise cancelling headphones the cheaper ear plugs will also work but they aren’t as good or as comfortable.
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Make the work place safe
Keep your the work area free of dust and debris on your work able and underfoot.
Ensure that fire extinguishers are available and that you know how to use them .
Do not use your sander in an overly damp or wet location
Make sure the room is adequately ventilated
Use a recommended circuit breaker
Sanders and small children don’t mix!
Secure the workspace using a vice or clamp do not hold small pieces
Before plugging-in a portable sander be sure that the switch is in the “OFF” position to avoid injury
Be aware of where the cord is relation to your work.
Before use, check your sander cord for any existing damage and deal with it appropriately. Damaged cords can and do result in electrical shocks.
Many sanders will come with a vacuum hose attachment, or a dust collection bag of their own. Have the dust extracting system turned on and connected to the sander.
Ensure that sanding belts or sanding disk and paper are not too tight or too loose.
Use the correct grade of abrasive material for the job.
Never force a sander by pushing down on it too hard as this can cause over heating, kickback or stalling.. The weight of the sander should provide adequate pressure on the work piece
Always use the sander away from the body .
Use a brush to clean away debris from the sanding machines. Do not use your hands.
Never leave the machine running and ensure that the machine has come to a complete stop before leaving it..
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