Safety is everyone's responsibility.

We are all responsible for not only our own safety but that of each other.

Injuries can occur in an instant and can have long lasting effects.

When you see something going on that is not safe speak up. You may not only prevent an injury and lost time all the related costs as well.

If you have any questions regarding the safe use and storage of our products please call 800-755-2042.



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Improper use may cause product to break apart and may cause injury to operators and bystanders. Abusive operations can cause belts to break apart.

Take precautions indicated below.

CAREFULLY mount the belt on the machine as per the manufacturer’s recommendations and check for proper tension and tracking. If arrows are on the backing make sure they point in the direction of rotation.

Exceeding the Maximum Operating Speed may cause the belt or contact wheel to break apart and may cause injury.

When using a portable tool or machine always switch it off and allow the spindle to stop completely before putting the tool down or touching the abrasive surface. Disconnect the power on portable tool before changing the abrasive belt or disc.

NEVER exceed the MOS of the contact wheel or belt.

MAKE SURE the belt fully covers the contact wheel face in off-hand operations.

REPLACE belts when damaged (kinked, cracked, nicked, torn, folded or containing holes) or when worn out.

STOP immediately if vibration or unusual noises occur during use. Determine cause and correct before resuming operation.

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The MOS for surface conditioning belts is 6,500 surface feet per minute. Coated abrasive belts do not have a MOS rating.



Sparks and particles flying off the workpiece can injure or cause fire.


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Do not use abrasives near flammable materials or in an environment where there is a risk of explosion. REMOVE ALL FLAMMABLE MATERIALS from the work area.

DIRECT sparks away from face and body and, if possible, towards the floor.

PROVIDE approved local exhaust. If exhaust ventilation is not adequate, wear approved dust protection to prevent inhalation of dust particles.

DO NOT MIX metal swarf with wood swarf in the same duct collector to prevent a fire hazard.

CONSULT with engineering / safety personnel for FLAMMABILITY HAZARDS.

INSTALL a spark arrestor or fire quenching unit in the ductwork ahead of the dust collector if a sparking hazard exists where FLAMMABLE DUSTS are being generated.

Improper work set-up can cause a workpiece to be thrown or propelled through equipment when an abrasive belt makes contact with it.

Ensure the workpiece is firmly fixed before running the machine. Use hold downs, clamps, stops and other fixtures. Guards, covers or hoods must be in place on the machine during operation and should not be modified or defeated in any way.

Make sure no one is standing in front or in back of the belt when starting the machine.

CHECK feed rolls frequently on conveyorized belt machines to be sure they hold equally well across the width of the workpiece.

AVOID CONTACT with the edge or surface of a belt when it is in motion or severe cuts or abrasions could result.

HOLD the workpiece in position with clamps, stops of fixtures when using portable tools.

ALWAYS abrade on the belt below the horizontal center line of the contact wheel when using contact wheel belt sanders and open-drum sanders.
Incorrect storage could affect safety as well as product performance.

STORE coated abrasive belts at temperatures between 60 - 80°F (15 -27°C) and between 35 - 50% relative humidity.

DO NOT use belts with abnormally curled shape.


Proper storage maintains the efficency and enhances the useful life of your coated abrasives

Optimum Storage conditions are:

  1. Temperature - 60º - 75º; relative humidity 40% - 70%
  2. Store in original packages on racks or wooden pallets.
  3. Never store on concrete floors, by open windows or close to heaters.
  4. Protect coated abrasives from exposure to water or other fluids.
  5. Rotate stock, use on a first in, first out basis.
  6. Never use hooks when handling or transporting coated abrasive containers.
  7. Do not drop or in any way damage the coated abrasive packaging.

Wide belts with paper or cloth backing:

  1. Hang over sleeves or tubes approximately 8” diameter 2 days before use.
  2. When hanging belts place a weight in the bottom loop.

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