10 Disc Sander Safety Rules that You Should Always Keep in Mind

A disc sander is one of the most useful power tools you can get out there. If you’re looking to smoothen out materials such as plastic, wood, and even metal, disc sanders are a popular choice that most people use. However, you should also know that it’s a dangerous machine if safety is ignored. We cannot stress it enough how important safety is when you’re using any tool. But we’d like to give a special mention to the disc sander because one false move will cost you. So, with that said, here are some safety rules that you should keep in mind when dealing with a belt/disc sander.



NOTE: Before operating your disc sander, you are required to familiarise and know each of the following safety rules on operating and using a belt sander. You are also required to take a test, where if you pass, then will be the time that you can use this type of power tool. Click here to find out more.


  1. Always wear safety glasses/goggles while using the belt/disc sander or any other type of power tool.
  2. Always remember to turn on the dust collector.
  3. Ensure that no loose clothing will get caught in the belt/disc sander while in operation. If you’re wearing sleeves, roll them up past the elbow. Tuck clothing in if necessary. Make sure that there aren’t any hanging clothes around the area that can potentially get caught onto the disc sander.
  4. Clip-on, wrap-around, and neckties are not allowed when operating your disc sander.
  5. Check and make sure that there are no pieces of scrap materials between the belt or disc and their respective tables before turning the power tool on.
  6. When using a belt sander, make sure the belt guard cover is fully installed before use.
  7. Make sure you check and adjust the table before turning on the belt/disc sander.
  8. Make sure your stock isn’t touching the machine before turning it on.
  9. Whether you’re using the disc or belt portion of the sander, make sure that it’s tracking properly after turning it on. If you notice that it’s not, turn the power tool right away and take it to a repair shop.
  10. Once the belt/disc sander has been turned on, wait until the machine has come to full speed before sanding your stock. Sanding it directly may damage the disc.


These are some of the safety precautions that you should be aware of when using your disc sander. Always be mindful of these safety tips to ensure safe and proper usage of this power tool.