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Basic Tips for Belt Sanders

Fitting Belts

  • Switch sander off and unplug
  • Make sure clutch is locked up off floor
  • Release belt quick release mechanism
  • Open belt door
  • Slide belt into place with directional arrows running clockwise
  • Make sure the edge of the belt is flush against the drum

WARNING! When changing belts, to avoid damage to the machine, always check belt alignment. To check belt alignment, fit a new belt and run the machine on ‘Position 1’ (Warm Up) for a few seconds to see that belt is aligned correctly. If the belt is not running flush to the edge of the drum call the office for assistance.

Securing/Emptying Dust-Bag

  • Make sure sander is switched off.
  • Pass dust bag through the black multiclip and secure onto the machine exhaust.
  • Tighten multiclip.
  • To remove dust-bag, switch off machine, remove and empty bag.

WARNING! Empty dust-bag at 1/4 full. 
WARNING! Empty dust into fire-proof container and store outside.
WARNING! Always wear respiratory protection when emptying dust-bag.

 Switching Sander On & Off

  • Secure dust-bag.
  • Check clutch is fully disengaged and drum is off the floor.
  • Check belt lock is engaged.
  • To engage the belt sander on, turn switch clockwise to ‘Position 1’ (Warm Up) and run for 40 seconds before switching clockwise  to ‘Position 2’ (Sanding) in order to do the sanding.
  • To switch sander off, turn switch clockwise to
    ‘Position 0’.

WARNING! Always turn the switch mechanism clockwise when turning on/off. Turning mechanism backwards will damage the switch. 

WARNING! Before starting sander make sure that drum is off the floor and the belt lock is engaged.

Sanding Technique

If the machinery does not sand smoothly, call the office immediately. You are responsible for all damage to hire machines.

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  1. Ensure area to be sanded is clear, fully and safely prepared. Make sure electrical supply is safe and functioning correctly.
  2. Follow correct switching on procedure.
  3. Start at the highest grit of abrasive necessary to sand the floor efficiently i.e. if the floor doesn’t need cutting with 24grit then start at 40grit to avoid excess wood loss and sanding work.
  4. Remove all sanding marks of the previous abrasive grit before moving up to the next grit.
  5. Start the sander moving before releasing the clutch and lowering the abrasive onto the floor.
  6. Before you complete your sanding run, engage clutch and lift drum before sander stops moving.
  7. Always sand on the forwards stroke. Never try to sand on the backwards pull, it can be dangerous and over-strain the machines.
  8. Always sand from left to right: this is to do with the sanding action of the machinery.
  9. Apart from when cutting to level a floor (see floor sanding guide), always sand in line with the grain of the wood.

WARNING! Never force the sanding machinery! If the machinery is not sanding efficiently, change the abrasive

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