Oscillating Spindle Sander
Make: Grizzly Industrial
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Location: Wood Shop
The Grizzly vertical spindle sander is for sanding curved surfaces. The machine contains a 1HP motor and has 10 different sanding spindles ranging from 1/4" to 4" in diameter. The cast iron table has an opening that allows the spindles to oscillate up and down. The oscillating action will give you a smooth sanded surface. The 4" dust port connects easily to any dust collector. Used to remove material from wood, as well as squaring to create straight pieces.
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User Manual [G1071_m.pdf] User Manual
The spindle sander is normally used for sanding inside corners. There are various spindles that range from 1/4" to 4". If you need to change out the spindle ask the supervisor on shift for assistance. The spindle also oscillates up and down as it rotates to produce a smooth finish. The machine has an on/off power switch located on the control panel. Make sure the material you are cutting is free of all foreign objects. Do not sand materials that may have nails or screws as they will damage the drum and may cause injury to you. Also, if the material contains a loose knot it can break free and create a safety hazard.
If your material looks good, the next step is to make sure you have the appropriate spindle installed. You will also want to hook up the adjacent dust collector to the rear of the machine, make sure it is plugged in, and turned on. The dust collector must be used with the sander to help keep the dust out of the air. As you sand, it is imperative that you keep the material firmly against the table to make the surface perpendicular to the table. Hold firmly onto the material as it could get pulled out of your hands. If you are sanding the inside of a circle and the material pulls out of your hands do not attempt to grab the spinning part. If you can safely reach the power switch shut off the machine and wait for the part to stop moving.
After the sander is set up you are ready to work. Turn on the sander and gently push the material into the drum, making sure to keep your hands a safe distance from the spindle. Do not force material into the drum.
There are several hazards you need to be aware of when using a spindle sander.
- Never make contact with the rotating spindle. The sand paper is very aggressive and could cause serious injury.
- The spindle is rotating at a high rate of speed and can grab your work piece.
- Hold onto material firmly and keep it against the table. This will help prevent the material from getting pulled out of your hands. If material catches on the spindle it can starts rotating quickly and create a dangerous situation.
As sanding sleeves are used they will "gum up" with saw dust. If not removed, the saw dust will harden and reduce the life of the sanding sleeve. As needed, a abrasive cleaner should be used on the sleeves.
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