Is a stroke sander a good substitute for a wide belt sander?

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Forum topic by newwoodbutcher posted 02-27-2016 04:19 PM 740 views 1 time favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-27-2016 04:19 PM

After 20+ years of good service my 16-32 Performax is getting long in the tooth. I can’t imagine my shop without it. I’ve just begun looking around for a replacement and came across stroke sanders. I’ve never seen or heard of one before and there isn’t a lot of information on the net about them. Anyone here use one. Advice?
I use my Performax to sand panels flat as well as sanding smaller parts such as drawer parts etc,

-- Ken

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#1 posted 02-27-2016 05:49 PM

A fellow I know who has a contracting business has one. It’s a pretty big setup and after watching him use I would rather have wide belt like another friend has in his cabinet shop. It just looks like the wide belt would produce a more precise piece of wood. It’s a PM 24” and can be adjusted for desired thickness. That stroke sander didn’t have anything similar.

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#2 posted 02-27-2016 06:31 PM

Stroke sanders are for smoothing, wide belt sanders can flatten. The stroke sander is far more versatile but won’t flatten anything.

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#3 posted 02-27-2016 08:07 PM

What has been said + wide belts take up far less space than a lot of stroke sanders.

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#4 posted 02-28-2016 12:36 AM

Thank you all. I’ll look at that 24” PM

-- Ken

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