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Sanding FAQS.

Q: How do I eliminate the bottleneck that hand sanding causes?

A: Hand sanding is a tedious and time consuming process. Adding a brush sander to your shop is an affordable way to automate the sanding process. Using a brush sander cuts down on the amount of time it takes to sand stock, as well as the number of employees required to do it. Plus, there are more consistent results when machine sanding. Where it might have taken five employees to sand stock by hand it could potentially take only two employees feeding the brush sander, allowing the other three to work on additional projects.--submitted by SuperMax Tools

Q: How can I avoid abrasive belt tracking problems on my widebelt sander?

A: Simple maintenance, like cleaning the sander and keeping an eye on the volume in your dust collector's bags and filters will help assure that you are keeping the tracking system on the sander functioning well. By getting enough CFM of air moving out through the sander's dust chute you will keep the tracking system working optimally.--submitted by Safety Speed Mfg.

Q: How can I minimize the sanding marks often created by belt oscillation and/or belt defects?

A: This often requires the use of sanding heads which can pivot to various angles. Using a pivoted sanding head, the defects on the belt are shifted slightly side-wards with each rotation and do not grow and build to form lines that show on the work-piece. --submitted by Holz-Her US Inc.

Q: How much stock can I remove in one pass?

A: Stock removal on a widebelt sander is determined more by the abrasive belt than the machine. As a rule, you will need to use the lower grit belts for heavy stock removal (36-80 grit belts can remove approximately 1/8 inch to 1/32 inch respectively) and medium grit belts for lighter stock removal (100- 120 grit belts can remove approximately 1/32 inch to 1/64 inch respectively). Belts in grits from 150 on up should only be used for finishing and are not considered cutting belts. Other factors affecting stock removal are: abrasive belt speed, type of sanding head, feed speed and available horsepower. --submitted Timesavers.

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Title Annotation:Sanding & Finishing
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Article Type:Interview
Date:May 1, 2013
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