We manufacture flat mouldings out of hardwood. These are milled with a moulder, then sanded with Dynabrade sanders using 150-180 grit. We spray finish. I would like to use a wide belt sander to increase production. Is it possible to sand these mouldings with a wide belt (one or two head) at 180 grit and get the same or better quality than I am with random orbitals? Can I start finishing these mouldings from the wide belt sander?
If you purchase a quality machine, yes. The more belts, the better. A friend of mine sends his stock through his moulder (SCMI) right into his wide belt, 150 grit. Then it goes into his spray room, where he lays down a nice pre-cat. His stuff looks excellent, but he buys nothing but the best knives and belts and keeps his equipment tuned.