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Operating/Safety Instructions

General Power Tool Safety Warnings
Read all safety warnings and instructions. Failure to follow the warnings
! WARNING and instructions may result in electric shock, fire and/or serious injury.


The term “power tool” in all of the warnings listed below refers to your mains-operated
(corded) power tool or battery-operated (cordless) power tool.
Work area safety Do not use AC only rated tools with a DC
Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered power supply. While the tool may appear to
or dark areas invite accidents. work, the electrical components of the AC
rated tool are likely to fail and create a hazard
Do not operate power tools in explosive to the operator.
atmospheres, such as in the presence of
flammable liquids, gases or dust. Power Personal safety
tools create sparks which may ignite the dust Stay alert, watch what you are doing and
or fumes. use common sense when operating a
Keep children and bystanders away while power tool. Do not use a power tool while
operating a power tool. Distractions can you are tired or under the influence of drugs,
cause you to lose control. alcohol or medication. A moment of inattention
while operating power tools may result in
Electrical safety serious personal injury.
Power tool plugs must match the outlet. Use personal protective equipment. Always
Never modify the plug in any way. Do not wear eye protection. Protective equipment
use any adapter plugs with earthed such as dust mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard
(grounded) power tools. Unmodified plugs hat, or hearing protection used for appropriate
and matching outlets will reduce risk of electric conditions will reduce personal injuries.
Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the
Avoid body contact with earthed or grounded switch is in the off-position before connecting
surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges to power source and / or battery pack,
and refrigerators. There is an increased risk picking up or carrying the tool. Carrying
of electric shock if your body is earthed or power tools with your finger on the switch or
grounded. plugging in power tools that have the switch
Do not expose power tools to rain or wet on invites accidents.
conditions. Water entering a power tool will Remove any adjusting key or wrench before
increase the risk of electric shock. turning the power tool on. A wrench or a
Do not abuse the cord. Never use the cord key left attached to a rotating part of the power
for carrying, pulling or unplugging the power tool may result in personal injury.
tool. Keep cord away from heat, oil, sharp Do not overreach. Keep proper footing and
edges or moving parts. Damaged or entangled balance at all times. This enables better
cords increase the risk of electric shock. control of the power tool in unexpected
When operating a power tool outdoors, situations.
use an extension cord suitable for outdoor Dress properly. Do not wear loose clothing
use. Use of a cord suitable for outdoor use or jewelry. Keep your hair, clothing and
reduces the risk of electric shock. gloves away from moving parts. Loose
If operating the power tool in damp locations clothes, jewelry or long hair can be caught in
is unavoidable use a Ground Fault Circuit moving parts.
Interrupter (GFCI) protected supply. Use of If devices are provided for the connection
a GFCI reduce the risk of electric shock. of dust extraction and collection facilities,
GFCI and personal protection devices like ensure these are connected and properly
electrician’s rubber gloves and footwear will used. Use of dust collection can reduce dust-
further enhance your personal safety. related hazards.

Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil edges are less likely to bind and are easier to
and grease. Slippery hands cannot safely control.
control the power tool. Use the power tool, accessories and tool
bits etc. in accordance with these instructions,
Power tool use and care
taking into account the working conditions
Do not force the power tool. Use the correct and the work to be performed. Use of the
power tool for your application. The correct power tool for operations different from those
power tool will do the job better and safer at intended could result in a hazardous situation.
the rate for which it was designed.
Use clamps or other practical way to secure
Do not use the power tool if the switch does and support the workpiece to a stable
not turn it on and off. Any power tool that platform. Holding the work by hand or against
cannot be controlled with the switch is your body is unstable and may lead to loss of
dangerous and must be repaired. control.
Disconnect the plug from the power source
and/or the battery pack from the power tool Service
before making any adjustments, changing Have your power tool serviced by a qualified
accessories, or storing power tools. Such repair person using only identical
preventive safety measures reduce the risk of replacement parts. This will ensure that the
starting the power tool accidentally. safety of the power tool is maintained.
Store idle power tools out of the reach of Develop a periodic maintenance schedule
children and do not allow persons unfamiliar for your tool. When cleaning a tool be
with the power tool or these instructions to careful not to disassemble any portion of
operate the power tool. Power tools are the tool since internal wires may be misplaced
dangerous in the hands of untrained users. or pinched or safety guard return springs
Maintain power tools. Check for misalignment may be improperly mounted. Certain
or binding of moving parts, breakage of cleaning agents such as gasoline, carbon
parts and any other condition that may tetrachloride, ammonia, etc. may damage
affect the power tools operation. If damaged, plastic parts.
have the power tool repaired before use. Risk of injury to user, power cord must only be
Many accidents are caused by poorly serviced by a Bosch Factory Service Center
maintained power tools. or Authorized Bosch Service Station.
Keep cutting tools sharp and clean. Properly
maintained cutting tools with sharp cutting



Safety Rules for Orbital Sanders

Unplug the sander before changing water with dust particles can occur if there is
accessories. Accidental start-ups may occur a static discharge, spark introduced in the
if sander is plugged in while changing an box, or excessive heat.
Always wear eye and respiratory
Your tool is equipped with a dust protection for dusty applications and
canister, empty it frequently, after when sanding overhead. Sanding particles
completion of sanding and before storing can be absorbed by your eyes and inhaled
the sander. Be extremely careful of dust easily and may cause health complications.
disposal, materials in fine particle form may
Use special precautions when sanding
be explosive. Do not throw sanding dust on
chemically pressure treated lumber, paint
an open fire. Combustion from mixture of
that may be lead based, or any other
varnishes, lacquers, polyurethane, oil or

materials that may contain carcinogens. A Some dust created by
suitable breathing respirator and protective
! WARNING power sanding, sawing,
clothing must be worn by all persons entering grinding, drilling, and other construction
the work area. Work area should be sealed activities contains chemicals known to
by plastic sheeting and persons not protected cause cancer, birth defects or other
should be kept out until work area is reproductive harm. Some examples of
thoroughly cleaned. these chemicals are:
Do not wet sand with this sander. Liquids • Lead from lead-based paints,
entering the motor housing is an electrical
• Crystalline silica from bricks and cement
shock hazard.
and other masonry products, and
Do not use sandpaper intended for larger
• Arsenic and chromium from chemically-
sanding pads. Larger sandpaper will extend
treated lumber.
beyond the sanding pad causing snagging,
tearing of the paper or kick-back. Extra paper Your risk from these exposures varies,
extending beyond the sanding pad can also depending on how often you do this type of
cause serious lacerations. work. To reduce your exposure to these
chemicals: work in a well ventilated area, and
work with approved safety equipment, such
as those dust masks that are specially
designed to filter out microscopic particles.

IMPORTANT: Some of the following symbols may be used on your tool. Please study them
and learn their meaning. Proper interpretation of these symbols will allow you to operate the
tool better and safer.
Symbol Name Designation/Explanation
V Volts Voltage (potential)
A Amperes Current
Hz Hertz Frequency (cycles per second)
W Watt Power
kg Kilograms Weight
min Minutes Time
s Seconds Time
Diameter Size of drill bits, grinding wheels, etc.
n0 No load speed Rotational speed, at no load
.../min Revolutions or reciprocation per minute Revolutions, strokes, surface speed,
orbits etc. per minute
0 Off position Zero speed, zero torque...
1, 2, 3, ... Selector settings Speed, torque or position settings.
I, II, III, Higher number means greater speed
0 Infinitely variable selector with off Speed is increasing from 0 setting
Arrow Action in the direction of arrow
Alternating current Type or a characteristic of current
Direct current Type or a characteristic of current
Alternating or direct current Type or a characteristic of current
Class II construction Designates Double Insulated
Construction tools.
Earthing terminal Grounding terminal
Warning symbol Alerts user to warning messages

Li-ion RBRC seal Designates Li-ion battery recycling


This symbol designates that

This symbol designates this tool is listed by the
that this tool is listed by Canadian Standards
Underwriters Laboratories. Association, to United States
and Canadian Standards. This symbol
This symbol designates This symbol designates that that
that this tool is listed by this tool is listed by this tool
the Canadian Standards Underwriters Laboratories, to complies
Association. United States and Canadian to NOM
Standards. Mexican
This symbol designates that this tool is listed by the Intertek Testing
Services, to United States and Canadian Standards.

Functional Description and Specifications
Disconnect the plug from the power source before making any
assembly, adjustments or changing accessories. Such preventive safety
measures reduce the risk of starting the tool accidentally.

Orbital Sander
FIG. 1






Model number 7292

Voltage rating 120 V 60Hz
Pad size 4 1/8" x 4 1/2"
Abrasive sheet size 4 1/2" x 5 1/2" (1/4 sheet)

NOTE: For tool specifications refer to the nameplate on your tool.

Always disconnect the plug 2. Place the abrasive sheet (grit side up)
from the power source before between the clamping wire and base plate
attaching or removing abrasive sheets. while aligning edges of the abrasive sheet with
either edge of the pad. (Pre-bending the sheet
makes attachment easier.)
1. To open clamping wire, lift clamping lever
out of it’s pocket and then lower lever so it is 3. After inserting the sheet, raise clamping lever
positioned as shown in (Fig. 2). and return it to it’s original position making sure
the clamping wire is secure.
FIG. 2
4. Wrap the sheet around the length of the pad
ABRASIVE and attach free end of sheet under opposite
SHEET clamp and repeat procedures 1, 2, & 3 above.
The abrasive sheet must be drawn as tight as
possible for efficient sanding, as a loose sheet
can slip on the work surface.
After the paper has been installed, it will be
necessary to punch holes into the paper with
the use of the punch plate provided with your
sander. Align sander base with punch plate
and push down on sander until punch plate
CLAMPING CLAMPING pierces the paper. Then remove punch plate
LEVER WIRE from sander (Fig. 1).

Operating Instructions
ROCKER “ON/OFF” SWITCH stock removal, or to remove lacquer, varnish,
TO TURN THE TOOL "ON" depress the and other coated finishes.
dust-protected switch to the number “I” Orbital sanding provides fast, smooth final fin-
position. ishes. And this model can sand flush on all
TO TURN THE TOOL "OFF": depress switch three sides of the tool, to get in tight places
to the number “0” position. typical of cabinets, desks and shelving.
Always hold the sander off the work when PRESSURE CONTROL
turning the switch “ON” or “OFF”. Contact the Your tool is equipped with pressure control
work with the tool after sander has reached its indicator lights. The indicator lights will let you
full speed and remove it from the work before know if you are applying the proper amount of
turning the switch “OFF”. Operating in this pressure during operation. If the green
manner will prolong switch and motor life and indicator lights are illuminated you are applying
will greatly increase the quality of your work. the correct amount of pressure. If the red
SKIL Orbital Sanders are designed to produce indicator light illuminates you are applying too
exceptional finishes on wood surfaces, speed much pressure and you need to apply less
pressure (Fig. 1).

MICROFILTER DUST CANISTER before storing the sander. Be extremely

The integral dust extraction system collects careful of dust disposal, materials in fine
sanding dust in canister supplied with your particle form may be explosive. Do not throw
sander. For maximum efficiency, the dust sanding dust on an open fire. Combustion
canister should be emptied frequently during from mixture of varnishes, lacquers,
operation. polyurethane, oil or water with dust particles
Your tool is equipped with can occur if there is a static discharge, spark
! WARNING a dust canister, empty it introduced in the box, or excessive heat.
frequently, after completion of sanding and
To remove dust canister, rotate canister so
that slot is in line with pin and simply pull away
from the dust port (Fig. 1).
To install dust canister, align dust port with
hole in canister, push canister onto dust port
and rotate until it locks into place.
Knock excess dust out of the microfilter, or
remove dust with your fingers or a soft brush.
You may notice that all the dust may not
come out of the canister. This will not affect
sanding performance but will reduce dust
collection efficiency.
NOTE: Do not wash the micro filter with soap
and water. Dust may become more firmly
lodged in the pores, which will reduce dust
collection, and damage the micro filter.

Aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, or other
synthetic abrasives are recommended for
power sanding use. Natural abrasives, such as
flint or garnet sheet are too soft for economical
use in power sanding. For best results, use Skil
abrasive sheets: The uniform spacing between
grains minimizes filling or loading. The high
quality aluminum oxide sheet with heavy
backing, cuts faster and lasts longer.
The following are recommended abrasive
sheets and applications:
1. Coarse Grit:
2. Medium Grit:
3. Fine Grit:
For rough wood sanding.
For general wood sanding.
For smoothing wood or
plaster patches.
4. Extra Fine Grit: For final sanding bare
wood and smoothing old
Sanding Tips
This sander has been designed for even weight
distribution which virtually eliminates the use of
pressure. Excessive pressure to the sander
may result in an uneven sanding job and
premature grit wear. Constant and excessive
pressure can cause overheating and possible
damage to the motor as well as premature
wear out of the pad on hook and loop models.
It's usually best to work in strokes that parallel
the grain, using some lateral motion so the
main strokes are overlapped as much as 75%.

Your tool is equipped with a dust port for dust
extraction. To use this feature, insert
standard 1-1/4" vacuum hose into the dust
port, and connect the opposite end of the
hose to a shop vacuum cleaner (Fig. 3).
FIG. 3

more than two sizes.



If the surface is rough, start sanding with a

coarse grit sheet, then medium and then finish
with a fine or extra fine abrasive. This
procedure will vary with different types of
materials and work. Continue to sand with each
grit until the surface looks uniform. When going
from one grit size to a finer size, do not skip

To remove the greatest amount of stock, use a

coarse grit and move the sander steadily over
the entire surface against the grain as well as
with the grain. DO NOT REMAIN IN ONE
SPOT TOO LONG. It may remove too much
material and uneven sanding will result.
Sanding with the grain of the wood gives the
smoothest final finish.
Additional abrasive sheets can be conveniently
cut from large-size commercially available
sheets (standard size: 9" x 11-1/16"; 228 x
280mm). Cut into four pieces of equal size as
shown (Fig. 4). Choose the proper grit for the job.

11-1/16" (280mm)
9" (228mm)

FIG. 4

Service should be replaced at Skil Factory Service

Center or Authorized Skil Service Station.
! WARNING Preventive maintenance Bearings which become noisy (due to heavy
performed by unauthorized
personnel may result in misplacing of load or very abrasive material cutting) should
internal wires and components which be replaced at once to avoid overheating or
could cause serious hazard. We motor failure.
recommend that all tool service be performed Cleaning
by a Skil Factory Service Center or Authorized To avoid accidents always
Skil Service Station. ! WARNING
disconnect the tool from
TOOL LUBRICATION the power supply before cleaning or
performing any maintenance. The tool may
Your Skil tool has been properly lubricated
be cleaned most effectively with compressed
and is ready to use. It is recommended that
dry air. Always wear safety goggles when
tools with gears be regreased with a special
cleaning tools with compressed air.
gear lubricant at every brush change.
CARBON BRUSHES Ventilation openings and switch levers must
The brushes and commutator in your tool be kept clean and free of foreign matter. Do
have been engineered for many hours of not attempt to clean by inserting pointed
dependable service. To maintain peak objects through openings.
efficiency of the motor, we recommend every Certain cleaning agents
two to six months the brushes be examined. ! CAUTION
and solvents damage
Only genuine Skil replacement brushes plastic parts. Some of these are: gasoline,
specially designed for your tool should be carbon tetrachloride, chlorinated cleaning
used. solvents, ammonia and household detergents
BEARINGS that contain ammonia.
After about 300-400 hours of operation, or at
every second brush change, the bearings



necessary, a cord with
adequate size conductors that is capable Cord Size in A.W.G. Wire Sizes in mm2
of carrying the current necessary for your Ampere
tool must be used. This will prevent Rating Cord Length in Feet Cord Length in Meters
excessive voltage drop, loss of power or 25 50 100 150 15 30 60 120
overheating. Grounded tools must use 3- 3-6 18 16 16 14 0.75 0.75 1.5 2.5
wire extension cords that have 3-prong plugs 6-8 18 16 14 12 0.75 1.0 2.5 4.0
and receptacles. 8-10 18 16 14 12 0.75 1.0 2.5 4.0
NOTE: The smaller the gauge number, the 10-12 16 16 14 12 1.0 2.5 4.0 —
12-16 14 12 — — — — — —
heavier the cord.