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Safety Speed 37" wide belt sander3/2/15
We produce live edge table tops and have been sending out our milled tops to a local shop for final sanding. We'd like to bring that work in-house and are looking at wide belt sanders.
Don't know about the Grizzly or Safety Speed Cut but we have a similar machine made by Timesavers.
The 37" was about 8k 8 years ago.
Have had no trouble with it and it is nice because it is on wheels and you can roll it out of the way.
Not familiar with the specific machine, but I will say 15hp sounds low for wide slabs. We run an 18hp single head which is adequate for our purposes, but limited to light passes on wide material like tabletops. 25 hp would not be too much if your service will handle it. Obviously your production level will influence your choice of sander, but I think you would get a lot more efficient process with a two head unit.
There are much better machines than the Grizzly or Safety SC on the market for the same money. Rigidity is a big deal for wide work. Timesavers (not the A frame maxhine) has a full line of Taiwanese machines as well as Apex machine group. They will work better.
One thing to consider when buying a machine made overseas is tech support and parts availability on high wear parts like rubber drums, rubber pinch rolls, lock down devices, electrical and pneumatic components, ect. I dread servicing these "knock off" wide belt sanders only because it can be difficult to obtain parts. Not to mention some of the manuals that come with these machines suck! God forbid if your part has to be shipped across the pond to get here.