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New Wide Belt Sander9/6
I am in the market for a two head 53" wide belt sander (Steel drum and combi-head) and had a few questions.
1) Are segmented platens perfectly alright for mostly solid wood sanding?
2) Who makes the best sander hands down regardless if you run it 30 minutes a day or 8 hours a day (with evidence or experience, please)? Better yet how would you rank these manufacturers from 1 to 6 (1 being the best nobody touches them): Weber, Butfering, Costa, Viet, SCM, Heeseman.
A segmented platen is OK for sanding solid wood. Its purpose is for veneer sanding.
How many hours a day are you going to run the machine?
I have a 1999 Butfering Steel Drum/Segmented and has Sanded everything under the sun without issue, steel drum is very accurate and segmented platen is handy is all applications.
We use only 3M 970dz belts on the first drum as the steel drum seems to like them best, I can say that the Butfering has been basically maintenance free for 18 years and would buy another without question
At max it will be two hours a day. But will a segmented platen do just as great on solid wood as a solid platen?
A segmented platen is solid when it is in the middle of the panel. Its purpose is to stop sand through of veneer on the edges. As the panel approaches the head is"up". Just as the edge passes it's pushed down so the panel edge is not burned through as it gets to the end it is picked up.
We have been using a segmented platen machine on hardwood for years. We sand more veneer than solid wood. If you are not sanding veneer it is not necessary and you should not get it. It adds unecessary. complexity.
Not all sanders or segmented platens are created equal as you know. I've worked on all of them over the last 19 years. Feel free to contact me and I can get a better feel for your operation and how you will be best served.