Hello, New here. I want to use my Woodmaster 725 to wire brush lumber to add sales appeal to my vertical pine siding products. Woodmaster says it can't be done. Other opinions or suggestions for grizzly/ Jet level single phase drum sanders that can be adapted to run up to 12" wide wire brush(s)? Seem to be very few products available judging by internet searches.
If you're serious about adding this capability I would focus on capable machines that are designed for this task. You're talking about surfacing siding so that's most likely running thousands of board feet at a time. Opti-sand and SuperMax are two companies that I know of that make machines specifically for this, I'm sure there's a few others.
Two things to consider...if there's another shop that already has this capability I would encourage you to outsource the wire brushing at first. If that's not an option consider flipping the script, offering this service and investing in a quality machine. If there's a demand for this style siding you can let the demand pay for a good machine. Make samples, talk to clients, contractors, lumber yards, even cabinet shops and advertise your new capabilities. You never know, some people may want this aesthetic on interior work as well and you become the go to source.
You might be surprised how fast a machine perceived as expensive can pay for itself and start generating revenue. Don't be intimidated by three phase machines, there's plenty of inexpensive phase converters.
My partner cobbled up his Woodmaster and added a brush to do exactly that. He had to use a different pulley to slow the spin rate down and create a new pressure roller system to account for the long bristles, but he did it and it works. Be warned that the conversion back and forth is a bit tedious. We didn't have the CNC then or we would have created a custom texture and ran it that way. Not production but doable.
For wire brushing you typically want multiple heads. Similar to sanding. The first head is a thicker wire, then the next with a slightly thinner wire and then a tynex head to basically sand it. See video below.
Just built our own using an old wide belt sander. Fairly involved project but now we have a full 36" wide that blows away a performax and is way cheaper than anything else comparable. It is a single head, want deeper brushing run it twice.
All the answers seems like you really need to be in manufacturing before you get to use any of the really cool tools. Seems like you might just have to use good old hard effort to get the effects that you may need. Or you could give it a go with what you have and then report back if it happens to work! Hopefully you'll be able to find a solution mate! I know there are a number of people who would love to be able to achieve such effects if only someone was willing to test it out!
AM, you posted about turning an old wide belt into a wire brush machine. Can you share where you got the wire brushes to make this conversion? I've got an old 37" ramco that would be perfect for this application.
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