Horizontal edge sander

Horizontal edge sander.

Description and uses

These are useful for truing the ends of lumber, chamfering, making rough surfaces flat, etc. The horizontal sander has a longer sanding surface than the vertical sander. The vertical belt sander can be used more aggressively because the work is supported by the table. Both sanders have a 6” wide belt.

Basic sanding

Stand in a stable position and hold your material firmly on the sander's bed. Longer pieces may need to be supported by a work support. Push the material gently into the sanding belt, making sure to keep your hands away from the abrasive surface. Always make sure that the material is held firmly on the bed to prevent it from kicking up.

Further considerations

  • Make sure that the belt is not torn or loose.
  • Verify location of on off switch and/or emergency power disconnect.
  • Never work with loose gloves or hold material with a rag when sanding.
  • Ensure that the bed is clear of materials, tools, and debris.
  • The belt tracking mechanism needs frequent readjustment. If the belt starts to wander, shut off the machine and inform the shop technician immediately.
  • Sanding creates lots of dust. Make sure dust extraction equipment is turned on while the sanders are in use.

Tip: Sand slowly, periodically checking for measurements and alignment. Start off with light force to get used to the opposing forces of the sanding action.