Among the tools and equipment we offer for rent at Ram Rent-All, Inc. are various types of heavy-duty sanders that will make a wide variety of woodworking and home improvement projects around your house significantly easier. Stroke sanders, for example, are extremely useful for sanding wood and can be used in just about any woodworking shop.
Before you rent or purchase such a piece of equipment, however, it’s important that you understand how to operate it safely. While it is a useful machine, it can also be dangerous when operated negligently.
Here are some tips you should keep in mind when using a stroke sander from an equipment rental service in Monroe, LA.
Be conscious of the various moving parts
A stroke sander has a number of different moving parts that are essential for the machine to operate smoothly. However, if you get your hands or other items in the way of this moving part, there’s a good chance you’ll be injured or suffer some property damage, not to mention the potential damage you could do to the machine itself.
Pay close attention to where you place your hands or other items when using a stroke sander, and keep clear of the machine’s moving parts. Avoid wearing loose clothing or jewelry—these items can easily get caught in the sander and quickly pull you in. If you’re wearing gloves while working your job, make sure they’re fitted properly—this will not only protect you from splinters, but also significantly decrease the likelihood you’ll get pinched or otherwise injured.
Always wear safety goggles
Whenever you’re working with any kind of tool that will kick up wood shavings or sawdust, it’s important to protect your eyes. You should wear safety glasses or goggles any time you work with your stroke sander to keep this debris from getting in your eyes and to protect you in the event of a sander malfunction.
Having these glasses on also allows you to more easily move between jobs in your workshop without having to go back, find your glasses and put them back on. It’s convenient to just keep them on the entire time you’re in your shop, even if the job you’re doing doesn’t seem to require them.
Consider how you’ll protect yourself from dust
Sanding kicks a lot of sawdust and debris up into the air. This will cause a mess in your shop, but can also lead to potential problems with your breathing. It can help to operate the sander in a well-ventilated area or outside if you can. However, if that isn’t possible, it’s a good idea to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose to prevent you from inhaling the dust, which could cause some health complications or make breathing a little more difficult.
These are just a few tips to help ensure safe operation of your stroke sander. For more information about how to operate the tools we have for rent at Ram Rent-All, Inc., contact our equipment rental service in Monroe, LA.