How to choose the most suitable wood sanding machines for every need
Sanding machines are indispensable machines for woodworking in the industrial sector and for professional carpentry work. Thanks to these tools, it is possible to carry out finishing and leveling operations to make the wood smooth and homogeneous, improving not only the uniformity of the surfaces, but also by dimensioning and perfecting the shape of various types of wooden objects to prepare them for the finishing step.
All sanders work with an operating mechanism that involves the use of an abrasive base, driven by an electric motor, which moves in a rotary, vibrating way or on a belt. To obtain flat and well-polished wooden surfaces, different types of sanders can be used, which will be chosen according to the work to be performed and the type of result to be achieved.
Various types of wood sanding machines are available on the market, with characteristics that make them suitable for specific manufacturing processes. Let’s see together which are the main models of sanders for professional use and which ones to choose to obtain high quality woodworking.
Sanding belt machines
Belt sanders are the most widespread and common machinery in the woodworking industry and are useful for sanding and finishing operations for the creation of end products such as furniture, doors, windows, tables and frames. With “belt sanding” we mean all those manufacturing processes that involve the removal of shavings performed with continuous abrasive belts.
This operation can be carried out either with small belts on manual machines (for example manual belt grinders, indicated for the simplest and undemanding sanding operations and often used also for do-it-yourself jobs) or with larger belts on stationary belt sanders, such as bench grinders or long belt sanders. Industrial belt sanders are usually equipped with grosser grain sandpaper (which is the first step in sanding wooden surfaces) and a dust collection system, to prevent dispersion in the air or on the ground.
Oscillating belt sanders
Oscillating belt sanding machines are ideal for small businesses that want to achieve professional wood sanding and a great level of finish. Thanks to the oscillation of the belt to the right and to the left, in fact, this type of sander ensures a longer life of the belt, maintaining its abrasive capacity for longer. Oscillating belt sanders allow you to work pieces of limited size: to sand larger surfaces it is necessary to use long belt sanders.
Long belt sanders
Long belt sanding machines are equipped with a large sliding support surface and are suitable for all those manufacturing processes that involve the sanding of large surfaces. The characteristics of this type of sander make it particularly suitable for use in carpentry, mechanical workshops or industrial processes with batches of varying sizes.
Sanding machines for woodworking: Volpato’s proposals
Volpato offers a wide range of sanding machinery designed and studied to meet different needs and guarantee high performance and high-quality finished products. In addition to the standard machines in the catalog, the company can also manufacture special sanders, designed and produced to measure according to the specific needs of each customer. Among the professional sanding machines proposed by Volpato you can find:
- NTC 1600 universal sander with oscillating abrasive belt, a standard solution suitable for small businesses which, thanks to the large cast iron work table, allows machining all around the belt and manual adjustment of the vertical oscillation position in order to exploit better the height of the abrasive belt. It allows you to use any type of abrasive wheel for curved or straight profiles and can be mounted on wheels for easy transport;
- LBO / 60 G sanding machine, a traditional high-performance long belt sander, specially designed to simplify the various finishing processes;
- sanding machine NTS 150 / C, a vertical belt sanding station of reduced dimensions, with a 45 ° tilting table, which allows to sand curved pieces using the driven roller, reaching excellent finishing levels. It is ideal for small businesses or artisans who need machines that are not excessively bulky.