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Wide-belt sanders for small pieces?5/4/17
We manufacture several small wood products. A wide-belt sander would greatly speed up production- however, many of our pieces are small. Some as small as 7" x 6".
A few of Grizzley's machines say they can handle small pieces- I'm not sure how they would handle a piece this small. Any suggestions, or other brands who may make a machine that would work well for this application?
Our sander will go down to 9" long before pieces get hung up in the pressure rollers. I am able to run pieces smaller than 9" by butting them end to end to end (to end to end) as they feed. Not sure if this would work on all machines.
Lay down a bunch of strips of 3M 9832 double sided tape onto a long piece of 3/4 melamine, peel off the backer paper, and stick as many of your parts down as you can fit on the melamine. Feed the whole works through your widebelt sander. I've done that with pieces less than an inch long. Occasionally one will get eaten but most come through fine.
Can't you run it through a wide belt before machining to size?
Assuming you are not grinding a lot off, and that the parts are running with the direction of the grain, there are two drum wide belt machines available. Something on the order of 85 shore rubber on the first and 45 shore on the second. Run 100, 150 or 120, 180 if you are only lightly cleaning up a planed surface.
I can give more specific recommendations if you pm me.
Thanks for the help everyone- Adam send you a PM
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Portable Drum Sander