Panel Sanding Machine
This craftsman made machine was used in a furniture factory in Thurmont, MD. It seems to have begun life as a wood framed table saw (the saw arbor is still in place) and was later converted to a panel sander. The sliding table is lifted to the sandpaper by a novel mechanism which is in good working order. Two handwheels provide both alignment and tension of the sanding belt. The only damage I see is a broken spoke in the wooden split pulley on the left side of the sanding belt. The sander uses a 4" x approximately 170 1/2" sanding belt. The sanding belt pulleys are 4 3/4" wide x 12" diameter. The drive belt pulley is 3 1/2" wide by 6" diameter. The sliding table is 46" wide by 32" deep. Maximum width of the machine is 77 1/2".
the sliding table rolls smoothly on window sash pulleys.
rear view. The shaft protruding from the top rail is the saw mandrel
the two handwheels adjust both belt tension and alignment
the saw arbor with sliding table removed
the novel table lifting mechanism
testing with spliced scraps of 2" sand paper. Tracking was fine, but way too much dust for the 2nd floor shop.
The machine runs well on this 1750 rpm electric motor, but line shafting would be more appropriate.
This item can be safely stored until your next trip to Maryland
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