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wide belt sanders5/13/14
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, Of course you can use. However, you need to learn how to apply this stuff.
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.