Spindle Sander

  • Spindle Sander
  • Workshop Category: W3
  • Workshop Risk Category: Yellow Label



The Spindle Sander is for surface or edge sanding of non-metallic materials only.

Start with a Risk Assessment to ensure a safe work area:

  1. The area around the Spindle Sander must be kept clear of people, debris and sawdust.
  2. Safety glasses or a face shield must be worn. Hearing protection should be worn.
  3. Remove loose fitting clothing, jewellery, and tie back long hair.
  4. Familiarise yourself with the off and on button.
  5. The abrasive sleeve will cut material very quickly, failure to anticipate this may cause injury to the finger and hands.
  6. The dust collector must be connected to the unit and gate open. The air flow must not be less than 1500 Pa.
  7. Check the integrity of the sleeves. Any ripped sleeves must be reported to the workshop manager.
  8. Do not wear gloves while operating the sander.

Operational Safety Rules:

  1. Approach your work in the workshop and on the spindle sander with a safe attitude.
  2. Ensure that the gap between the sanders table and the moving disc is kept as small as possible but does not restricted the disc turning.
  3. The distance between your fingertips and the moving disc or belt shall be no closer than 8cm.
  4. Do not sand pieces of material that are too small to be safely supported.
  5. Always hold the work firmly when sanding.
  6. Use the fence, table or other supports when sanding.
  7. Always hold the work firmly, the machine sands by turning clockwise at the same time as moving up and down.
  8. Avoid inappropriate hand positions where a sudden slip could cause a hand to move into the sanding disc.
  9. Do not sand with the work piece unsupported. Support the work piece with the table.
  10. Always remove scrap pieces and other objects from the table before turning the machine on.
  11. Allow the machine to reach full speed before feeding material. Similarly, it takes time for the spindle to stop moving.
  12. Do not push hard on the sanding media. The sander performs best and safest when it is allowed to remove material at the rate for which it was designed.
  13. Sanding wood or plastic will cause heat build-up due to friction and may cause the wood to burn and the plastic to melt rapidly.
  14. Never make adjustments while the sander is on.
  15. Always turn the machine off and disconnect the power cord before installing or removing the spindles.
  16. Never leave the machine work area when the machine is running or before the machine has come to a complete stop.
  17. Shut off power, clean the sander and work area before leaving the area.


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