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5/13/14       
Jeff Bailey Member

Can a dry metal wide belt sander be used for wood? What's the difference between the machines? Does a metal wide belt or grinder have a polishing platten? I'm looking at a used machine and it is listed as a metal wide belt sander, but I wondered if it were possible to use it this way. Thanks for your input.

5/13/14       #2: wide belt sanders ...
Bruce H

I don't see why it wouldn't sand wood but bet the finish wouldn't be the best. My encouragement would be to look for something designed for what you want to use it for.

5/15/14       #3: wide belt sanders ...
Gary

I know a guy who was also looking at a metal sander. He said the sanding belt rotated in the opposite direction as a wood sanding widebelt sander.

5/17/14       #4: wide belt sanders ...
Adam West  Member

Website: http://www.surfprepsanding.com

What brand of sander is it?

Most of the metal standing machines I have experience with only have a drum instead of a combination head like a standard single head wood wide belt machine. The platen is a big advantage for someone who wants to hand sand out cross grain or scratch pattern.

The drum also turns with the direction of the feed. Reversing the head direction is no big deal.

It should work, but not necessarily be the best choice.

5/17/14       #5: wide belt sanders ...
Jeff Bailey Member

Thanks for all the responses. The brand is an AEM. Because of the price and probably the lack of a polishing platen I think I'll wait for a more appropriate machine. I've had a wide belt before and the platen if used correctly is very valuable. Thanks again for your help.

5/21/14       #6: wide belt sanders ...
David Martin Member

Yes, Of course you can use. However, you need to learn how to apply this stuff.

9/25/15       #7: wide belt sanders ...
Chris Noponen  Member

Website: http://sandersunlimited.com

Maybe...Depends how much money you want to spend on modifications. Yes you can change the rotation on your drum, but now your dust hood is opposite of the rotation thus nothing there to remove the dust. You would need to relocate the dust hood.
You also need to look at how the tracking system is set up. If its set up to track the belt in a certain direction and you change that, it may be difficult if not impossible to get your abrasive belt to track.
One last thing to consider is the duromter (hardness) of the rubber contact drum. Most metal working wide belt sanders come with a 40-50 durometer drum to allow you to debur better around the edges of material as well as any holes or cut outs. If your going to use that same set up on wood, chances are your stock removal capabilities will be limited. The more sanding pressure you use on a soft contact drum, the chances are greater for rounding the edges of the wood, burning your abrasive belts, and in some cases creating "grain relief", (which is more susceptible in oak)

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