Handheld Sander Introduction

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This is the content required for an introduction to our handheld sanders - reading this does NOT replace the mandatory session with a tutor! It will make it a lot quicker though ;-)

Let's begin! First off, make sure you have read the machine's manual (should be linked from its wiki page).



  • lots of fine dust from wood or plastics - can irritate lungs and skin
  • sparks from metal
  • powerful movements can make the workpiece shift (or fly!) and let a handheld sander "run away"
  • some of the sanders have no prevention of turning on after loss & restoration of power (keine Anlaufsicherung)


  • wear a dust mask and long clothes if your material generates hazardous dust
  • sand outside if you can't connect a shop vac or fine filter
    • when sanding metal, do NOT connect dust collection - the sparks could cause a fire!
  • wear goggles when working with metal or small workpieces
  • ear defenders and gloves are also recommended when working with the sander (and shop vac) for an extended amount of time
  • secure your workpiece and exert a firm grip on the tool
  • check for a clean run and fit of the sanding medium before you start; check if hole alignment for the dust extraction is correct
  • let the tool get to full speed before contacting your workpiece and start with light pressure
  • make sure the tool is turned off before plugging it in
  • do not blow the workpiece clean when you're done, best clean it with a moist towel

Suggested Reading

Besides these safety notes, you should read the page about dust to get a better conception of the dangers associated with some materials! Remember, you are responsible for the material you choose and for protecting yourself.