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May 27, 2019
Here are some best practices you can take to improve safety when using pneumatic tools, while also decreasing your company’s total cost of operations. Grinding and sanding are safe so long as you follow these simple rules…
Removal tools such as grinders and sanders can pose a significant danger if not used responsibly.
“ It goes without saying that accidents at work can be devastating to the individual and have significant consequences for the business and its bottom line. Therefore, it’s essential to reduce risks to make sure you’re operating as safely as possible. ”
But how do you limit the risks when using tools such as pneumatic grinders?
...for both the tool and the abrasive.
They are in the box for a reason – to help you!
Correct air line installation is critical for using pneumatic tools safely. Here are some key points:
Each abrasive disc can only cope with a certain peripheral speed and has a designated maximum operating speed (MOS). This is labelled directly on the abrasive or on the packaging and expressed in revolutions per minute (rpm). Compare the abrasive’s MOS with the tool’s speed and never exceed the maximum speed allowed for the abrasive.
“ If the speed of the grinder exceeds the abrasive’s MOS then you risk becoming the target for randomly projected fragments traveling at about half the speed of a bullet from a pistol. You don’t need much imagination to realize the outcome of that! ”
Use the right size abrasive for your tool. If the disc is too large:
Let’s put it simply: large abrasives are not made for small grinders.
We often see an abrasive being used for an application it isn’t built for. It may sound basic, but always use an abrasive designed for the job: i.e. only use a cutting wheel for cutting and a grinding wheel for grinding.
Abrasives will degrade over time if not stored appropriately and they also have a use-by date.
Our advice: Throw away abrasives that have not been stored correctly or that have expired.
All is explained in the video:
“ Use the tool for what it was designed for and always use high quality abrasives ”