Cool Shop Find: Wysong and Miles Belt Sander

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Blog entry by HighRockWoodworking posted 06-06-2010 02:22 AM 1955 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wysong and Miles
My dad has alway had the habit of bringing in some rather unusual tools into the shop. A few months ago he called and said wait until you see what I found. The next week I drove up to North Carolina and in the shop was a very strange looking tool….or something like that. It is a vertical belt sander made by Wysong and Miles Co. The sanding belt is less than 2” wide but is around 15’ long! The three phase motor runs great and is very sooth. The belt can does not have to be exact in length as counter weights keep pressure so that really no adjustment is needed. The belt rest against a form that can be changed out on the table for different profiles. The advantage to the belt being so long is that very little heat builds up and the belt last longer since there is more surface for longer wear.

I haven’t been able to find much information on the sander but believe it was used in furniture factory for shaping profiles. It was fitted with a wood profile covered with copper sheeting for protection. I was surprised how fast it cuts and does not black the wood from heating.

-- Chris Adkins,

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 02:26 AM

Cool sander Thanks for sharing

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 02:34 AM

Thanks Jim!

-- Chris Adkins,

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 03:23 AM

Great find, hope you can find replacement belts or is this the kind you make your own? Are you in the process of building a boat? Looks like one in the background.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 03:49 PM

We found a company that we can order custom size belts from. There is a counter weight on the back with a tension arm and also the top wheel adjust up and down so there is a lot of room for movement. I believe I may have as much as 2’ of play in the length.

Yes my father and I have been building a boat. It is a 32’ cuisine tug boat. It is a lot of fun to work on but I am afraid we are building it way to slow to document on here…. :) I do plan on posting pictures sometime though.

-- Chris Adkins,

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