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Old 10-05-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Paying For Time On The 52" Timesaver Wide-belt Sander


We are moving to Denver and the go-to place there for finish materials is Austin Hardwoods, with something like 17 acres of yard, a big warehouse, shop, store, and more.

They sell services besides selling a very complete line of hardwoods, veneers, molding, and panel stock. Among the services is time on their 54" widebelt sander.

I have some tables and large casework to build and think I want to try this out.

If you have paid for and used a service like this, tell me about your experience.

Edit: I cannot change the title, but the machine is a 52 incher, not 54.

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Old 10-05-2014, 02:13 PM   #2
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Never done it, but I would get a few answers to a few questions, that most likely will be gone through before you sign up.

How many heads?
What type heads? ....It might be 1 coarse drum, followed by next stage combo head, followed by polishing platen.
What grits are the belts?
Who is responsible for belt damage?
If it's you, how much are they? One 52 x 75 belt could be $75 or so.
Is the graphite platen flat?

I'd be inclined to prep the blank so that the sander doesn't have to cut too much, maybe limit removal to 1/16 (.0625) or less
If it's a multi head, I'd do light cuts with the just the drum till it's flat, then do finish passes.

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We are moving to Denver and the go-to place there for finish materials is Austin Hardwoods, with something like 17 acres of yard, a big warehouse, shop, store, and more.

They sell services besides selling a very complete line of hardwoods, veneers, molding, and panel stock. Among the services is time on their 54" widebelt sander.

I have some tables and large casework to build and think I want to try this out.

If you have paid for and used a service like this, tell me about your experience.

Edit: I cannot change the title, but the machine is a 52 incher, not 54.
Dang, hoss. Thought you were moving to the hill country?
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We do wide belt sanding in a house, but for projects that are too big or too long we take it to a company in town. This company has a very old sander and it has an operator, you may help load and do the grunt work but he runs the machine. He and only he has run that machine for 20 years, The rate is $125 per hour and he can do one heck of a lot of work in a short period time with very good results. The point being look at the results and not the machine if you're shopping around.
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I have a wood place around here and they have a 36" 20HP sander. I think they charge $45 for the 1st 15 minutes and then $15 for each additional 15 minutes including belt changes.
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The place I use in Dallas has a spiral head cutter and 'belt' at about 180-200 grit. Newer machine maybe mid 90's, digital rad out. $45 covers one pass to about 15 minutes. Small shop, grumpy old cabinet maker/operator on the machine. LOL Don't think he likes milling crap glue ups and dealing with idiots, so you get the dumass treatment until he figures out if your one or not. Liked me and we talked for 20 minutes about the machine and the operation in the shop. That machine is his baby and the end results showed.... and that is what to look for, imho.
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My to go shop is Austin hardwoods too. But there is a local cabinet shop in town that charges $40/ HR for wide belt sanding. $40 Minimum charge.

Money well spent in my book

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