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D.I.Y How To Sand Timber Floors With Drum Floor Sander

Preparing The Floor For Sanding

This step is super important. Before beginning, check the entire surface for any exposed nail heads or staples. Either of these can damage the sanding belt and the floor sander drum, causing the machine to become in-operable. Ensure the nails are punched well below the surface.

Remove glue or sticky materials from the floor with a scraper also prior to beginning otherwise the floor sander belt will become clogged very quickly. Fill all holes, nicks and dents with timber putty.

Secret tip  

  • Mixing the saw dust from dust bag with putty will help match the correct floor colour.

Sanding Process With The HT8 1.2 Drum Floor Sander

The Drum Floor Sander will sand the main floor area prior the using an edge sander for corners and skirting boards. Firstly you will need to check the floor to see if the floor boards are are ‘cupped’ or uneven. If so, you will need to make sure to sand diagonally at a 45 degree angle to level the floor before sanding with the grain.

Begin sanding with a fine grit belt such as a 80 or 120 grit. If you find you need to remove more timber a coarser belt will fit (24 or 40). If you do start with a 24 or 40 grit make sure you never skip a grade throughout the sanding process. Use all grits available before finishing with a 120 grit belt.

To install the abrasive belt, grab the handles and tip the machine onto its left side, exposing the drum guard clip. Proceed to open the clip and guard. Inspect the sanding drum to make sure the drum is in great condition. If you spot any damage do not use as it will not sand properly causing a poor finish. Install the abrasive belt ensuring it covers the drum completely. Once you have closed and secured the guard properly, tip machine back onto it’s wheels and it’s time to start sanding.

Let’s being..

  • Start machine by pressing ON/OFF switch firmly to the ‘I’ position.
  • Move floor sander slowly forward while at the same time release the pressure on the control handle to gently lower it so the drum is now in contact with the floor.
  • Always start on the right hand side of the room. This will allow you to operate closer to skirting boards to minimise edging. (Unless making a 45 degree angled cut on uneven floor)
  • Guide floor sander in straight line using a slow walking pace.
  • Do not force or hold floor sander back. Always allow machine to do the work, moving at an even pace.
  • When you’ve reached the end of the pass, whilst still moving forward tilt the floor sander back so the sanding drum becomes clear of the floor.
  • Moving backwards lower the floor sander again, pulling backwards over the area previously sanded moving at a steady, even pace.
  • Once you’ve reached the end of the sanding pass, while still moving backwards tilt the floor sander back, so once again the sander becomes clear of the floor.
  • Move machine over so that it then overlaps the area just sanded by around 5cm.
  • Start to sand the next pass until completed.
  • When you’ve completed two thirds of the floor, turn the floor sander around, starting on the right hand wall again. Sand the remaining third the same way.

Make sure to change the sanding belt regularly because if it becomes clogged or worn, it will damage your floor and can damage the sanding drum.

Once completed you can then follow with an edge floor sander and orbital floor sander.

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