Portable Electric Sander Facts and Safety Tips
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Portable Electric Sander Facts and Safety Tips

Portable electric sanders are excellent for finish-sanding projects after assembly. Portable electric sanders are a great tool to invest in for carpentry work.

 Portable Belt Sander

The portable belt sander operates in a manner similar to the floor-model belt sanding machine, except that the revolving belt is placed on the work instead of the work against the belt. The size of the machine is determined by length and width of belt.

Installing the Belt

Install the belt so that the arrow on the inside of the belt points in the same direction as the arrow on the side of the sander. When the belt has been placed on the pulleys, it can be made to run straight by adjusting the tracking screw. The belt should not be allowed to rub against the left side of the machine.

Using a Portable Belt Sander

The proper technique is to put the cord over your right shoulder, hold the machine with both hands, turn the machine on, and lower the back of it slowly onto the wood. Then do the sanding by moving the machine back and forth, and at the same time moving it slowly from one side to the other.

Finishing (OR PAD) Sander

There are many kinds of finishing sanders. All of these sanders operate on one of the three basic principles. Those with straight-line action are the least likely to leave cross-grain scratches. The size of  the machine is determined by the size of the abrasive sheet used. Finishing sanders are primarily used for fine finish-sanding after the project is assembled. To replace a sheet of abrasive, fist cut a sheet of paper to the required size. The paper is held on the pad at either end and pressure keys are used to lock the paper in place. Release the pressure keys at either end. Fasten the paper in one end and lock the key at the end. Pull the paper tightly over the pad, slip the loose end under the other clamp, and tighten this lock. The exact method of fastening the paper to the pad will vary with different sanders.

Using a Finishing Sander

The finishing sander should rest evenly on the stock. Apply a moderate amount of pressure and move the sander back and forth, working from one side to the other.

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Comments (4)
Ranked #5 in Tools

WEll done safety and other info about portable sanders.Out of votes so will promote this with a thank you.

Good information and tips on the safe use of this machine.

Great and informative article.thanks

Good tips and well written article.