Sanding plywood, MDF, OSB and other manufactured materials.
Removing glue, paper, coatings, finishes, paint, polyurethane, etc., from wood. (Sand bare wood only.)
Sanding wet, sappy or resinous woods.
Sanding glue-ups that have not dried at least 24 hours. (Always remove as much squeeze-out as possible before sanding.)
Adjusting the height adjustment handle more than 1/8 of a turn between passes.
Using the machine as a surface planer to significantly reduce the thickness of a piece. (Use surface planer, jointer or bandsaw instead.)
Sanding pieces that are less than 4 inches long or less than ¼ inch thick. (See below.)
Making adjustments other than adjusting the height adjustment handle.
¼ INCH THICKNESS LIMIT
The sanding drum is mechanically limited to prevent it from being lowered closer than ¼ inch above the conveyor belt. Attempting to force it closer will damage the machine.
FEED ANGLE Work pieces having a width close to 16 inches must fed into the machine perpendicular to the drum, however, narrower pieces should be fed at an angle. Even a slight offset feed angle is highly desirable. Angling the workpiece minimizes concentrating abrasive load-ups and burning on narrow widths of the drum due to glue lines or mineral streaks in the stock and promotes more even wear of the strip. The optimum feeding angle is about60º.
FEED AREA When possible, avoid using the outer inch of the sanding drum. Running pieces through the machine in those areas can cause premature failure of the sanding strip because it is fragile near their attachment points on the drum.
QUESTIONS? DO NOT HESITATE TO CONSULT A MONITOR OR CLUB OFFICER. THE ONLY DUMB QUESTION IS THE ONE THAT ISN’T ASKED.