Portland, OR drum or wide-belt sander owners??

Hi all--
I'm hoping that there's some kind soul in the Portland/Vancouver area who can help me out. I picked up some used maple bench slabs that I want to use as a desktop/countertop in my den (which I've just finished building the cabinets for). The slabs are a little rough, so I was hoping there was someone out there with drum or wide belt sander (24" capacity) that I could rent/borrow some time on to freshen (and level) these babies up. I tried ripping one into 12" sections and running them through my planer, but the grain goes every-which-way in these laminated slabs, and I got wicked tearout, with sharp blades & wetting the wood before running it through. That one will go into the shop.
C'mon...there's gotta be somebody out there...Please???
--Greg
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Around here, lumberyards will do it for maybe $25.
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Just in case you don't find what you're looking for online, call the local hardwoods suppliers. It's not uncommon for them to rent time on wide belt sanders. Mine rents theirs out for $1/minute.
Brian.

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