| Two handles should be used for
getting the best performance from a belt sander. These things can run
away from you. Just like a snow mobile.
| The belt travels on two rollers.
The one in the back of this one is the drive roller. Between the
rollers is a flat plate. This plate forces the paper to travel flat
against the work.
| The sander at the right is a palm
sander. It has a vibrating pad the follows a circular, or orbiting,
pattern. use this one for finer work. People tend to start with the
belt sander and the finish with the palm sander.
| You can usually get 4 pieces of
sand paper from one standard sheet to fit onto this sander. I prefer
the cloth backed wet/dry paper. It lasts longer and can be cleaned more
often. To clean sand paper of wood dust, sand the bottom of an old
rubber soled sneaker. The rubber dislodges the dust.