Operating Metal Abrasive Tools

Introduction: Operating Metal Abrasive Tools

The following outlines basic operation and etiquette when for shaping and buffing parts on the grinders and wheels.

Using the Disc and Belt Sander

  1. Turn on the power and wait for the sander to come up to speed.
  2. Keep the material flat on the table.
    • If you can’t do this, use a hand-held tool to shape your work.
  3. Slowly push the material into the sandpaper.
    • Let the machine do the work for you; excessive force is not required.
    • Do not sand on one spot; move the workpiece back and forth on the table.
  4. Stay in control of material - use two hands.
    • Small parts require locking pliers.
  5. Turn off the power.

Using the Deburring or Wire Wheel

  1. Turn on the power and wait for the machine to come up to speed.
  2. Only work in the 3:00 to 6:00 position.
  3. Slowly push the material into the wheel.
  4. Avoid exposing an edge to the wheel.
    • Keep work slightly pointed down.
  5. Stay in control of material - use two hands.
    • Small parts require locking pliers.
  6. Turn off the power.

Using the Polishing Wheel

  1. Turn on the power and wait for the machine to come up to speed.
  2. Only work in the 3:00 to 6:00 position.
  3. Add compound to the wheel, using the block.
  4. Slowly push the material into the wheel.
  5. Avoid exposing an edge to the wheel.
    • Keep material slightly pointed down.
  6. Stay in control of material - use two hands.
    • Small parts require locking pliers.
  7. Turn off the power.

Cleanup

  1. Brush off the table and clean up the area.
  2. Recycle scraps and put reusable pieces in the storage bin in the metal shop.

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