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Stroke Sanding

For all of you that dislike the sanding process, a stroke sander could be your relief.

It may sound like overkill for the hobbyist, but they do a fantastic job QUICKLY. For a production shop it allows a fast, precise sanded finish. The basic principle is that a panel is placed under the belt, it is table raised to a close proximity of the belt. A hand plate above the belt is then used to apply even pressure across the surface.

They're made in varying sizes, and are fairly narrow and can be set up against a wall.






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In a production shop which does a lot of volume, yes, it could be worthwhile. Have you ever used one? They're not flawless. And they only work for flat panels. Maybe there are variations, but the one I've used in the past was 3-phase. It's also the one machine which nearly did me in. It was hooked up to 440 volts, and I went to throw the switch one time and got a 440 shock which threw me about 8 feet onto my back.
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In a production shop which does a lot of volume, yes, it could be worthwhile. Have you ever used one? They're not flawless. And they only work for flat panels. Maybe there are variations, but the one I've used in the past was 3-phase. It's also the one machine which nearly did me in. It was hooked up to 440 volts, and I went to throw the switch one time and got a 440 shock which threw me about 8 feet onto my back.

440 V, nice jolt...you have curly hair now?

Check this out about making your own stroke sander. That way you can use the power source of your choice, and have the length convenient. This one is an interesting shopmade one:
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