Stroke sanders are a really big investment, which is why it is vital that you learn how to take care of them properly. Here are two tips that will help you maintain and take care of a new stroke sander.
Get Rid Of The Dust At The End Of The Day
While using your stroke sander, a great deal of sawdust is generated. This sawdust gets all over the room and into the mechanisms of your stroke sander. Although your stroke sander is generating all the sawdust, it is not made to withstand extended exposure to sawdust. If you leave sawdust all over your stroke sander, it will eventually cause the moving parts of the machine to become stripped and even warped.
You can prevent your new stroke sander from becoming warped and stripped by simply using a clean rag to clean away the dust that accumulated while you were using it that day. Before you wipe down your sander, though, make sure it is turned off and unplugged. Be sure that you wipe off the top and around all the different moving parts of your sander.
You should also sweep up and clean the area around your stroke sander after you are done using it for the day. This will help reduce the dust that gets stirred up in the air and on your machine.
Check The Belts At Least Once A Month
Your new stroke sander's motor is powered by a series of belts. As you use your stroke sander, the belts will eventually start to get thinner due to constant use. As they get thinner, they may also become loose. You need to keep an eye on belts on the motor; you don't want them to wear down and become so loose that they snap.
If a belt snaps while it is in use, it can become dislodged and fly off your sander; this can cause real damage to anyone nearby. You can prevent this from happening by inspecting the belts on your stroke sander on a consistent monthly basis. Once you see a belt is becoming loose or thin, you need to replace it right away. It is relatively affordable to replace the belts on your stroke sander.
Maintaining a clean work environment, keeping an eye on the condition of the parts of your stroke sander, and replacing those parts when they start to show signs of wear will help extend the usage and life of your new sander.