Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Wide Belt Sander


This morning my new wide belt sander arrived. My last one was a Senior drum sander which I couldn't get on with, it burned the wood on all but the coarsest grit which wasn't much help. I'm sure this is to do with the friction of the rotating drum, hopefully the much longer belt will be a lot better.
The capacity is 18" but with an open end this can be doubled, in theory!
It weighs 215kg and is top heavy so I was glad we had the builders in to give a hand. My workshop is down  a sloping gravel drive so I'm limited as to the size of machinery I can man handle in. My heaviest machine is a Felder table saw at 400 kg and that's about the limit.

Here it is in it's final resting place butting up against my island sited work bench. The infeed section is across the bench and the outfeed space is shared with the planer thicknesser. When you have a cosy workshop every inch is valuable! The sander comes with extendible supports for the width as well as the length which is useful. Once I have set it all up I will report on performance.

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