Responsible Handling of Abrasive Products

This is not intended to be a complete guide to the use, care and protection of abrasive wheels.

All users should read and familiarize themselves with "American National Safety Standards" (ANSI B-7.1) for complete safety and use requirements.

NEVER use a wheel that has been dropped. The impact may have caused cracks that will result in breakage.

NEVER force a wheel onto the machine or alter the size of the arbor hole. Don’t use a wheel that fits the arbor too loosely.

NEVER exceed maximum operating speed of the wheel.

NEVER use dirty, nicked, warped or sprung mounting flanges. Don’t tighten mounting nut excessively.

NEVER grind on the side of the wheel, unless the wheel is specifically designed for that purpose.

NEVER start machine without safety guard in place.

NEVER jam work into the wheel. Don’t cut or grind material for which the wheel was not designed.

NEVER stand directly in wheel’s plane of rotation when machine is started.

NEVER forget that cutting and grinding wheels are dangerous when misused or improperly handled.

ALWAYS select the right wheel for the job.

ALWAYS use the right equipment and machines. They should be maintained and checked regularly, and any substandard conditions should be corrected before use, for safety and efficiency.

ALWAYS inspect, handle and store wheels in a careful manner. Wheels should be stored horizontally on flat surfaces. Do not lean wheels against equipment, or roll wheels on the floor.

ALWAYS use wheel guards or protective hoods. Certain small sizes, and cones & plugs (type 16, 17, & 18) are exceptions. Refer to ANSI B-7.1 for details.

ALWAYS use proper mounting procedures for wheels, particularly for cones and plugs.

ALWAYS wear safety glasses or other suitable eye protection equipment.

ALWAYS check maximum wheel operating speed against rated speed of equipment. Do not over-speed wheels.

ALWAYS determine that mounting flanges are at least the minimum diameter specified in ANSI B-7.1 (section 5).

ALWAYS run machine at operating speed for at least one minute (with guard in place) before cutting or grinding.