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Unit: Hand and power tools

LMFFL2001A: Use flooring technology sector hand and power tools

Section 3: Safe operating procedures

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Power tools are generally much faster and more powerful than simple hand tools.

But they have several hazards that don't apply to hand tools, so you need to take extra care when you're using them.

In this section, we'll discuss the safe operating procedures for a range of common power tools.

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We'll start with a general summary, and then look individually at some of the tools you're likely to use on-site.

Remember, though, that every manufacturer will have their own operating procedures for the tools they produce, so you should always consult the operator's manual for detailed advice on how to use a specific tool.

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Completing this section

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The assignment for this section will ask you to select three power tools that you use at work and describe their characteristics.

Have a look at the Assignment now to see what you'll need to do to complete it. You'll find the link in the menu bar.

Also in the menu bar are links to the lessons for this section:

  • General safety

  • Drill operation

  • Jigsaw operation

  • Planer operation

  • Circular saw operation

  • Nail gun operation

  • Heat welder operation

  • Heat bond iron operation.

These lessons will provide you with background information that will help you with the assignment.

The Just for fun exercise is designed to help you learn which types of circular saw blades are most suited for particular types of cutting.

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