Top Safety Tips For Using A Sanding Machine

All kinds of machinery can pose a significant risk to you if they are used in the incorrect way. Whether you are using a piece of equipment in the workplace or in your own home it is so important to follow the outlined safety rules and tips. This is crucial for both your own well-being and for the safety of others who may be around you so make sure that you always keep them in mind when you are using a potentially dangerous device. A sanding machine is something that serves a strong purpose for a lot of tasks and here are some of the most important rules to follow in order to use it properly.

Check the belt and disk

                   Before you begin using a sanding machine it is vital to make sure that the belt on it is functioning as it should be so firstly ensure that it is tracking in the correct manner. You should also look to identify any possible breakage in the belt as well as looking for any damage to the sandpaper disk. When the belt is in operation you should always make sure that your fingers are well away from this and the disk. With regard to the disk it is very strongly advised that you only use the side of it that goes downwards.

Go easy

When you are using machines and tools it can be tempting to get slightly frustrated if you do not feel it is operating as strongly as it should be. If this situation occurs then although you may feel that it just requires a bit more force you should not allow yourself to give it this. A portable sander for example is not likely to react too well to more force than is needed and you run the risk of it possibly overheating.

Protect yourself

If you are about to start using a sanding machine then any long hair should be tied back and any pieces of jewellery that could get caught up should be taken off. It is also a good idea not to wear the kind of clothes that are particularly loose and likely to be a hazard. Never allow the sander to stay running and always make absolutely certain that it has come to a stop before you consider leaving it. Protecting your eyes is also so important so you should always wear the necessary goggles. When you decide upon the goggles to wear it is essential to look for ones that also offer you protection from the sides as well as the front.

Alex Andrews spends most of his weekends making different things out of wood, he uses bending rolls a lot when he sands his furniture projects.
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