A double belt sander, sometimes known as a combination or dual belt sander, is a machine designed for sanding and smoothing various materials. It has two sanding belts, one in a horizontal orientation and the other in a vertical orientation. This configuration offers versatility in sanding different types of surfaces and workpieces. Here are some key features and uses of a double belt sander with both horizontal and vertical belts:
Horizontal Belt: The horizontal sanding belt is typically positioned flat and is used for tasks such as flattening and smoothing large, flat workpieces. It's excellent for projects that require a level and uniform surface, like tabletops, doors, or wooden panels.
Vertical Belt: The vertical sanding belt is set up in a vertical position, allowing for edge sanding and the precise sanding of curved or irregularly shaped workpieces. This makes it suitable for projects like sanding chair legs, cabriole legs, and other intricate designs.
Versatility: A double belt sander is incredibly versatile. By adjusting factors such as belt grit, belt speed, and table angles, it can handle a wide range of sanding tasks. This includes rough stock removal, intermediate sanding, and fine finishing.