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PALM SANDERS

V. Ryan © 2006

 

Palm sanders are extremely useful tools and they fit into the palm of one hand comfortably. They are relatively light, easy to control and cheap. The glasspaper sheet is normally fixed to the pad with velcro and this means that it can be replaced easily. Because they are quite small and have a ‘triangular’ shape to the pad, they can be used to sand into corners. For example, the diagram below shows how the sander can be used in the 90 degree corner of a door panel.

   

   

   

 

 

SAFE USE OF PALM SANDERS

   

1. Always plug power tools into a RCB (circuit breaker) as a safety measure against electrical faults.
2. Wear goggles to protect eyes from dust and a face/dust mask to prevent breathing in dangerous dust particles.
3. Always read the manufacturers instructions very carefully and follow the written instructions.
4. Always seek instruction / training from an appropriately qualified instructor before using any tools, especially power tools.
5. Make sure that the mains cable cannot be tripped over or that it causes a hazzard in anyway.
6. G Cramp the material to be sanded (where possible) to a firm workbench before starting sanding.
7. Fit an extraction bag to the palm sander. This will collect most of the dust.

   

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