Are you finally ready to take your sanding process to the next level? Are you still using a small handheld sander? Are you looking for an efficient result that meets your standards?
Using a Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher or a Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher could free you from some worries, among others, the one of the manpower which is becoming more and more rare. You will be able to benefit from a uniform productivity that will always give you the same finish for all the parts according to the recipe of this production.
In this guide, I propose to learn more about the product; it’s main uses, what it is used for, what are the different materials that can be used, its strengths and weaknesses, the questions you should ask yourself, the available options and costs.
With a degree in mechanical engineering, I have had to use sanding equipment on metal. With my 30 years of experience in the industrial field, I have seen the difficulties and benefits of using the Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher and Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher. What about you? Do you want to simplify your production? And, what is your solution?
Whether you have a workshop or a large factory, Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher machines are a solution for your wood and metal parts.
Table of contents
Which industries use sanders?
How to optimize your productivity
Advantages and disadvantages
Which industries use sanders?
The wood and metal industries use sanders at the sanding stage.
Depending on the preferred method and the type of metal, the finishes, technique and the right tools to achieve quality results are to be considered. With the use of the metal sander, the work can be very diverse, you can remove rust and even have a mirror finish result. And this, whether you are working on:
- Stainless steel;
Are you looking to optimize your productivity?
Whether you choose a single or double belt sander, you will quickly gain in productivity and efficiency. In addition, you will have a considerable saving in disposable components (sandpaper), and if you use a handheld sander, you will not have to replace it when the motor burns out! On many levels, you will have a profitability;
- Time: less time spent on maneuvering and making parts. Save time ordering disposable components and purchasing a handheld sander.
- Maneuvering: effortless and easy to use for an operator.
- Result: according to your expectations, uniform and standardized quality.
The Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher offers the operator a better visibility of the parts. In addition, you won't have any unpleasant surprises since your parts won't change color or shape, thanks to a better heat dissipation on the metal.
With a certain production volume, these sanders can adapt to your needs and to the different types of parts to be sanded. You will only need one sander for all your needs.
For wood finishing the Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher is small and capable of sanding pieces of various sizes. It is used, for example, for machining table and desk tops.
The equipment is versatile and easy to use. It offers a finish to your specifications.
Depending on the size of the table and the parts, you can work on several pieces at the same time. Held in place by a stop, the piece will be fixed and can be easily manipulated.
Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher
The PMC and PMC-2 Stroke Belt Sander and Polishers are heavy-duty industrial equipment mounted on a steel frame. These machines feature a dust extraction outlet at the left end, a center table mounted on steel casters and 2 aluminum balanced pulleys for smoothness and minimal wear. These models are equipped with a magnetic starter with surge protector. Safety guards and sanding bar with pressure plate are also included.
Learn more about the technical specifications and options for the PMC
Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher
The PMCT and PMCT-2 Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polishers are heavy-duty industrial equipment and are mounted on a steel frame. These machines feature a dust extraction outlet at the left end, a center table mounted on steel casters and two balanced aluminum pulleys for smooth running and minimal wear. These models are equipped with a magnetic starter with surge protector, pneumatic belt tensioner, work surface light and belt break detector. Safety guards are also included. The table height adjustment is 28" and is done manually.
Learn more about the technical specifications and options for the PMCT
What are the customer's main questions?
How long will it take to sand a piece?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to put a precise time to achieve a desirable finish, but the parameters below have a direct impact on the sanding time.
Factors influencing how long it take to be productive are :
- The size of the piece
- The condition of the workpiece
- The type of abrasive used
- The desired finish
Is it possible to get a mirror finish quickly?
The answer is no! Several steps of sanding will be necessary and the use of different grains of cotton wheel as well as polishing paste are to be considered. You will have to develop your own recipes to obtain the desired finish.
The parameters to consider in order to obtain the desired finish are the machinery options. At Doucet, we have developed tools that allow us to remove the material faster and get the right finish. The polishing wheel (cotton wheel) offers surprising results, more shine and mirror effect, this last one is only available on the Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher.
At Doucet, we work in collaboration with our abrasive or polishing paste suppliers to assist customers in developing their own recipe for each type of production.
The recipe is concocted before and during the purchase to ensure that the equipment is compliant for the type of material used and the finish being worked on. With our shared experience, knowledge of the equipment and the means to achieve the projects, these steps are part of the purchasing experience.
Always with the goal of finding the best finish, I regularly do tests with parts similar to those of my customers. I use video to communicate the results and then we can adjust the process so you can make the best decision.
How do I choose the right belts for my Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher?
(Length, type and supplier)
Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher and Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher are the abrasive material of your sander. Here are a few tips for choosing the right belt:
- The last 3 digits of your carriage sander model designate the belt length.
- The type of belt depends on the material to be sanded.
- Because of their quality, we prefer 3M belts.
Your distributor will also give you excellent advice in choosing your belts
Return on investment
With the scarcity of employees, buying a Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher shouldn't be a concern. If you estimate an annual salary of $35,000 for one employee and an investment of $10,000 for your sander, you will quickly have your return on investment.
Depending on your needs and your productivity volume, a sander that requires a larger investment will quickly pay for itself. The number of parts produced per day will be constant and the quality of the result will be standardized.
What are the different processes on the market?
One approach that offers more accurate thickness maintenance is sanding with a Wide Belt Sander. This technique requires more preparation time and does not always allow you to sand in the direction of the grain. It is also more expensive.
There is also hand sanding. This type of application is much more time consuming and offers an irregular finish depending on the operator. In addition, you will have to plan for increased expenses on consumables.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher and Triangular Stroke Belt Sanders and Polisher
The environment in which you use your sander must be dry. If your environment is humid, you will not be able to use this type of sander as some parts will rust on the surface. In the metal industry, certain liquids are used to cool the machinery. For sanders, it is not possible to use cooling liquids. The majority of the parts that make up the Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher and the Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher are made of metal and are not designed and protected against rust. And, if it is equipped with a ball bearing carriage, you will diminish the proper functioning of these carriages.
But good news, 90% of sanding machine are used in dry environments. 😊 In addition, you won't have to do any deep cleaning on your sander, nor will you have to manage the coolant and you will eliminate the odors that can emanate depending on their use.
On the other hand, as mentioned throughout this article, the advantages are numerous:
- No matter who the operator is, the result is the same
- You will get an increase in production; more finished part at the end of each shift
- The repetition is uniform
- The finish is diverse depending on the desired result
- You will benefit from a saving on consumable material such as sandpaper.
What does the competition do? Who is it? And, is it comparable?
The Europeans are very strong in the market, they use advanced technologies. These are high-end products that are particularly expensive. Furthermore, since we are not located in the same time zone, it is difficult to obtain technical assistance during business hours (Eastern time). Delivery times are also very long and spare parts are not available in our territory. Fortunately, the quality of our product is very comparable, in addition to all the advantages of proximity!
At the lower end of the market, you will find machinery coming from China. Once again, the constraints are the same, in addition to having the reputation of being poor copies.
How much should I invest in the Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher or the Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher ?
Our range of Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher (PMC) is priced between $10,000 and $30,000. The price range varies depending on the options you customize for your type of production.
The best-selling model is the PMC 264*, base price $11,000. You can add a few extra tools and features such as a contact wheel for $2,000 and the variable speed option for about $3,000.
The PMCT 284* Triangular Stroke Belt Sander and Polisher model is $27,000 base price. $45,000 fully equipped by adding:
- Dual belt;
- Variable speeds;
- Contact tools;
- And the motorized table in the case of the PMCT-HD
*264, 284 : is the length of the sandpaper, i.e. 284''. To be considered for the size of the table in this case, it is an 8' long table.
PMC and PMCT sanding machines makes your production process easier, safer and much more efficient. In addition to providing desired finishes you can guarantee results and set standards. Labor is a real issue and craftsmen are a scarce commodity, there is no going back, technology is a modern resource that is inevitably part of a winning business solution.
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The next step is to test your materials and see the results. There is nothing better than to see that each action will improve the result and the efficiency of your production. Doucet is a North American leader in the design, manufacturing and integration of advanced solutions for wood and metal processing companies. All our products are designed and manufactured to fit your environment. Contact us for more information!
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