I am planning to purchase a Benchtop Belt Sander for my Studio, which will primarily be used for Sanding/Shaping Stakes and Hammers - I have and buy a lot of old, worn and antique Stakes and Hammers and many of them will need quite a bit of work done on them, before they will be usable.
So, after having searched through Ganoksin’s Archive and not really finding an answer to my question, do any of you have experience with or advice on which Width of Belt (1" or 2") would be most useful in Sanding and Shaping Stakes & Hammers?
I know that a 1" Belt would be much easier to use on Curved Surfaces and in Tighter Areas, whereas a 2" Belt would be better on Flatter Surfaces and for Sanding Wider Areas much quicker, but am I mistaken about 2" Belts, could they also be used on Curved Surfaces, do they have enough “play” in the Belt to conform to the Curved Surface? I’m leaning more toward a 1" Belt since I know that they are good for use on Curved Surfaces, but if a 2" Belt will also do them, then I would be able to Sand/Shape the Stakes and Hammers much quicker. Any thoughts or advice?
I also like the 42" Belts when compared to the 30" Belts, as once the Back Plate and Table are removed, there will be a lot more Open Area to maneuver the Stake around in to Sand and Shape it…
Here are the (2) Benchtop Belt Sanders with Disc Sanders that I’m looking at:
Jet 6-Amp Benchtop 1" x 42" Belt & 8" Disc Sander
Jet 6.2-Amp Benchtop 2" x 42" Belt & 8" Disc Sander
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