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Learn How To Maintain An Orbital Sander!

Orbital sanders do very important job after any woodworking task, the finishing job. Know how to maintain an orbital sander to ensure better performance.

They use an adhesive holder or clamp holders to support round sanding pieces. As you hold the machine against the wooden surface, it rotates in an oblong pattern. This reduces the number of marks on the wood. Orbital sanders produce a lot of dust. And, to keep them in good condition, you must maintain an orbital sander after each use.

You will use:

  • Compressed air
  • Screwdriver
  • Spare sandpaper
  • Naphthalene
  • Rags
  • Rigid container


1- Remove the dust bag and empty it. Most of these bags are inserted into the powder tube. After emptying, use compressed air to clean it thoroughly.

2- Remove the sandpaper from the support. The adhesive can create pellets on the surface of the substrate. It may cause imperfections in the next sanding.

3 – Inspect the support for imperfections. Often, the ends wear out and become pitted. If you notice that the support is excessively worn, remove the screws Replace it with a new one.

4- Clean the sander with compressed air. Take care with the air vents of the motor. And remember to wipe off any wood dust inside.

5- Clean the plastic surface of the sander with a cloth moistened with naphthalene. Naphthalene is a quick-drying chemical that cleans dust from plastic.

6- Place the sander and dust collector in the rigid container that came with the tool. Store them in a dry place until you use them again.

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20 Orbital sander tips – Learn more about this tool

  • Never touch the sandpaper while the sander is running.
  • The sander plate must always be securely attached to the part, and without bending.
  • Lubricate the sander regularly to avoid drying the blades.
  • To reduce operator fatigue, choose sanders with an ergonomic design.
  • Do not forget PPE’s like: ear protector, safety glasses or visor, apron and mask.
  • Avoid using loose clothing when using the equipment.
  • Do not use excessive force to cut or sand. The equipment disc was not designed to support its weight.
  • Before starting to operate the machine, allow the disc to rotate freely. And check that it is not oscillating. If so, try to correct it.
  • Use the correct disc for the job to be performed. The use of discs not suitable for certain jobs is a major cause of accidents.
  • Always use both hands to operate the equipment.
  • Do not use the equipment if it has bare wires.
  • Keep the power cable at a certain distance from the equipment, for more safety.
  • Do not use the equipment near toxic or flammable products.
  • At the end of the work, wait for the disc to stop completely before storing it.
  • Store the equipment in an appropriate place with the disc facing up.
  • Work and keep the equipment out of the reach of children or unknown people.
  • Do not press the cutting disc to the side. It was not made for this.
  • Always keep the workplace organized and clean.