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A belt sander is a machine used to finish wood by sanding. It consists of a motor that turns drums with a seamless sheet of sandpaper. Belt sanders can be either hand-held (the sander is moved over the material), or stationary, (the material is moved to the sanding belt). What is a Belt Sander?
A belt sander is an electronic hand tool that takes all the work out of sanding wood. It consists of an encased motor that drives a circular belt, much like the running belt of a treadmill but in miniature. Sandpaper, cut in a long strip to fit over the belt, attaches tightly to cover the entire surface of the belt. When the motor is switched on, the belt turns. The tool can be placed on a rough wood surface to quickly sand an entire area without applying significant pressure or manual circular movement.
Many woodworkers are afraid of using a belt sander, and you can't blame them. Used incorrectly, a belt sander can ruin, in seconds, a project that you spent days building. I've succeeded in making some reasonably flat boards into moonscapes, thanks to improper use of a belt sander.
Belt sanders aren't used all that often in fine woodworking. Most of the time, when building a piece of furniture or similar project, other tools are used to fashion a part of the project in a rather precise manner. A belt sander's forte is taking off considerable amounts of stock from the face of a piece of wood quickly.
What did re-modelers do before the advent of electric sanders? They used hand-held sandpaper and brute strength. But in 80% of the cases, it is possible to plug in an electric sander and sand with relative ease. Only by buying or renting the right type of sander, though, will you save yourself the effort and time of manual sanding.
A belt sander is ideal for sanding large areas of timber, such as hardwood floors, decks and long board, as this powerful tool removes a large amount of wood from your work surface quickly, particularly when using coarse grit sandpaper. Due to its high-speed power this power tools can ruin a project in an instant if not used properly.
A Belt Sander can be a device that is rather hardy in nature. On the bottom of the sander are two parallel drums and a motor which they are attached. It works is by the sanding belt (or sand paper) coming out in a continuously to sand and level the wood.
Sanding is a name commonly associated with wood working, and the sanding needs will impact the type and level of woodworking that you perform. A hand-held sander run by electricity or a manual sander may serve your purposes for the hobbyist or a small business. If you consider it as a business them you need to increase your production gradually and for that you may need to move up to a wide belt sander.