Trick of the Trade: Know When It’s Time For An Abrasive Belt Change

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This issue’s tip comes from Matt McGrew at Kenna, W.Va.-based Book Smart Construction:

Any time I put a new belt on my big machine, I make sure that the writing on the backing is right side up (so it’s readable):

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As the belt’s cutting ability lessens through use, all I have to do is take a peek at the writing to see if it needs to be turned around to keep using it or be tossed entirely and swapped for a new belt:

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I started doing this after I realized that sometimes I get in the zone and can’t remember whether or not I’ve already turned my abrasive. This is especially helpful with the newer abrasives available that last longer than belts of the past.

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