What can you do with a belt grinder? Plenty! When it comes to belt grinders, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the jobs they can do, but some of the most popular include working on metal, stone, and even wood. Whether you want to remove rust from an old tractor part or sharpen your lawnmower blade, a belt grinder is a great tool to have around. This guide will help you figure out what kind of belt grinder you need, how to use it properly, and what safety measures to follow while using it.
Belt grinders are like sandpaper on steroids. They’re an excellent choice for shaping metal and moving material quickly. Their super-fast speed is ideal for dealing with soft metals such as aluminum, brass, copper, and zinc. And they’re also perfect for shaping plastic parts, too! In fact, their versatility makes them one of our most popular tools to be used in electronics manufacturing. With 2×72 belt grinder available from stock or custom-made to your specifications, let us know how we can help keep your business running smoothly.
A belt sander is a really useful tool for grinding and shaping ceramics. It’s quicker, easier, and more precise than using hand tools. You could even use it to shape your clay before firing (if you were particularly brave). This particular 2×72 belt grinder has been used for all sorts of things in my ceramics studio: from sharpening gouges to removing glaze from bisque ware. The possibilities are endless!
Setting up your grinder
A grinder is one of those things that, once you’ve got it set up, will get used every day. That said, setting up your 2×72 belt grinder may be quite a bit more than just bolting it onto something solid. Be sure to put some thought into how and where you want to mount your 2×72 before rushing ahead. Consider your workflow and also any potential problems that may arise from mounting your new grinder in an inconvenient place. For example, if you’re grinding on something small and delicate (such as silicon carbide), chances are that being chained down on a bulky table isn’t going to cut it – instead, consider mounting your 2×72 in a vertical configuration.
Customizing your grinding wheel
First off, belt grinders aren’t just for grinding metal—you can use it to remove rust, polish metal, and shape wood. Before you get started, start by choosing your grit. To create an angle on a piece of steel, start with 80-grit. Then move up to 120 for slightly more refinement or down to 50 for something rougher (but still smooth). Remove rust from tools using 180- or 240-grit sandpaper. When it comes to woodwork, choose 80-180 grits depending on how smooth you want your final product to be. Switching between metal and wood may cause some buildup; try using 400-grit sandpaper before switching back and forth again.
Finishing and sharpening
What are you going to use your belt sander for? If it’s strictly for woodworking, then perhaps a small-scale power tool will suffice. However, if you’re planning on using it for something like rust removal or cement grinding, it might be worth spending more for extra power and a stronger motor. Also, check that your sander has carbide tips; these are harder than standard sandpaper and will last longer without wearing them down. The cost of replacing belts often deters homeowners from buying a DIY machine, but again, if you use yours heavily (say, every day) then it might be worth spending money on quality components. Finally—wear safety glasses! Belt sanders throw off lots of fine sawdust.
Learning how to sharpen
Belt grinders are not just for belts. In fact, there’s very little that belt grinders can’t sharpen. That being said, before you get to sharpening anything, it’s important to understand exactly how they work. Belt grinders are designed specifically for sharpening metal—using one without any knowledge of how they operate or why is an easy way to dull your blade (literally). And since it’s hard to sharpen a dull blade and keep it sharp, learning how to use your new tool properly will save you time and money in the long run. Here’s what you need to know.
How to use a belt sander
A belt sander is an important tool for woodworkers who need to smooth rough surfaces and shape wood. As long as you take safety precautions, using a belt sander is relatively easy. First, put on safety goggles and then plug in your sander and set it on one of its slower speeds. Grasping its handles firmly, moving it along whatever surface needs smoothing or shaping, angling it slightly as needed to ensure even contact. When finished, unplug your sander, turn off any remaining machines nearby and clean up your mess.