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Looking for Edge Sanders

9/6/18       
Puzzleman Member

Hello.

I use 5 edge sanders in my operation. I have been using the entry level ones from Grizzly with 1.5 hp motors. I have been burning up the motors in about 2 years. We use these constantly throughout the day and are the main workhorses in our sanding operation.

I use the Grizzly's as they have a short belt (80") which is still a little long for my operation.

What do you use or recommend that can be not over an 89" belt but is more robust than entry level?

Am planning on buying at least 3 but could be all 5 depending on the pricing, availability and any deals for multiple purchases.

9/6/18       #2: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
Larry Schweitzer

Have you been replacing the motors with good ones (not Chinese?) Maybe you should use a 2hp motor? Why the requirement for short belts? Longer belts run cooler, machines with longer belts also are available with oscillation for longer belt life.

9/6/18       #3: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
Chris

a friend of mine got the felder last year and loves it. Pricey though at around 10K

FELDER EDGE SANDER

9/6/18       #4: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
Puzzleman Member

Larry,
2 reasons for the shorter belts.
1. The longest product that I will sand is 19 inches long.
2. Operate out a small building, so space is at a premium.

The motor shaft has a taper that connects directly to the drive roller. I have talked to others about doing that but I am getting pricing of over $2.5k for one motor.

I am looking at one from Baileigh. With a 4hp motor.

Any opinions about Baileigh?

9/6/18       #5: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
Dan / drbwoodworks

Try one with a 3 phase motor. One of our table saws that gets used all day every day is a single phase and burn motors in it . But the 3 phase machines never have problems just that one single phase sawstop

9/6/18       #6: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
Adam

I've had the Grizzly 108" oscillating edge sander for 15 years. I couldn't be happier.

Oscillation is a must. The 80" sanders have no balls, are light, and the belt is too short.

We primarily use it for fitting inset doors. The drum attachment actually works as well.

oscillating edge sander

9/7/18       #7: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
Larry Schweitzer

Baileigh sells Chinese stuff.
It might be possible to have an adapter shaft made so you could run decent motors. 3 phase is far better, motors last almost forever. I've seen the Felder sander, very nice. I've got a Grizzly oscillating, with a 9"x138 belt that has been pretty good, 5hp, 3 phase! Same sander was sold as a Powermatic for another $1000.

9/7/18       #8: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
david zaret Member

not sure if your budget allows it, but i just got a kundig, and it's a terrific machine. oscillates, has a jointer fence for precision removal... and is built like a tank. a bit more expensive though....

9/7/18       #9: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
cabinetmaker

We bought a Vega and have been very happy. Built like a tank

9/18/18       #10: Looking for Edge Sanders ...
Puzzleman Member

Thanks for feedback everyone.
Bought a Vega with the oscillating feature.

Have had it for a couple of days and it is wonderful so far. Love that is moves up and down a full inch instead of a 1/4" like most of them.

Delivered in 2 days with free shipping.

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