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    Nov 2007
    Hamilton, Ontario
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    I wonder if belt sanders are no longer as big a seller as they used to be. Thickness sanders are much more affordable for the smaller to mid sized shop even home shops that could not have justified or afforded one in the past or not had the space or money for a stroke sander. A lot of those shops would have used a belt sander for surfacing large panels and they now have a more efficient way of surfacing large panels.

    I also think there is even more specialization in the woodworking field and a belt sander is more of a general purpose tool. Not the best tool for lots of jobs that it was used for but a acceptable one.

    Finally the modern random orbit sanders are much more efficient than the old orbital sanders. So even though the belt sander is faster and a better tool for a lot of sanding jobs. The modern weekend warrior woodworker knows his orbital will do the job and is afraid of the belt sander and the damage he can do with it.

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