Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5 sanding tips, plus Skil belt sander review

Skil Europe sent to me a belt sander to test and review. I tested the tool while showing a few sanding tips.

First of all I had to set up the tool. I added the belt. The arrow of the belt must point at the same direction with the arrow on the tool.

I adjusted the centering screw so that the belt sits centered.

The sander also has a filter and dust collection system.

Now time for the first tip. Sanding large panels with the grain of the wood. The belt sander also has an equalizer. A metallic base which help you sand straight without having trouble on titling the tool.

You can also clamp the sander upside down on your bench. This way you can round over edges of small wood pieces.

In combination with a power drill you can use the sander upside down for small woodturning jobs.

You can also use the round part of the sander’s base to sand inner and outer curves in small pieces.

Another cool job you can do with this belt sander, is sanding joints flush really fast.

Overall I really enjoyed using that tool. It can come up really handy for various jobs around the shop. It is also well built with cool design and engineering features.

If you are interested in the sander I use in the video it is the Skil 1215 AA belt sander. You can also check Skiil Europe or search for #Skilhelps in social media.

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