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Belt Sanders: What You Need To Know

Belt sanders are a mainstay in industries involving woodwork, as well as many other materials. In the case of woodwork, belt sanders are usually introduced into the production process at either the finishing stage or more commonly in the very early stages of production. This is largely due to their ability to ‘file away’ wood very quickly so they are also useful in circumstances where large amounts of wood have to be removed at a fast rate.

Belt sanders are also flexible in the way that they are used. Largely they can either be handheld or attached to a workbench. This flexibility allows all shapes and sizes of materials to be used on them although sanding in this method requires a very high degree of skill and accuracy due to the aforementioned ability of a belt sander to grind away material at a very fast rate. Basically, one slip and a very large amount of the material will turned into dust.

The size of belt sanders varies greatly too. Obviously handheld belt sanders are smaller in size, allowing the user to easily wield it and manoeuvre it to file the appropriate section of the material. Belt sanders increase in size thereon until they become stand-alone units, for example a wide belt sander. Apart from their vast size, wide belt sanders are comparable to planers and are a great piece of kit for sanding huge surfaces of material; something that would be very time consuming and incredibly difficult to do accurately with a handheld belt sander. Good quality wide belt sanders generally have a table system integrated into them so that the user can fix the material in place; a sure-fire way to ensure the accuracy of the finished product.

Naturally, the sanding process for woodwork creates large amounts of sawdust. Most belt sanders come armed with systems to gather the sawdust which saves a lot of manual labour for the user. The automated execution of these systems also helps to prolong the life of the sanding unit whilst also ensuring that the efficiency and accuracy of the belt sander is not compromised. In the long run, this also saves on running costs for the machine as replacement sanding belts will not need to be purchased.

The wide variety of belt sanders in today’s market enables corporate entities to maximise the amount of product they get from the materials they put in. It goes without saying, investing money into machinery such as belt sanders makes the investment very worthwhile in the long run.

This guest post was written by Chuck Eddie, an experienced carpenter and user of wide belt sanders for bespoke and mass-produced production lines.