A local company has a 4X8 unit for sale inexpensively. What are these guys
worth and are they worth the space they take up? I don't know how many veneer
table tops I would make. What else are they good for? Thanks again to the
group for advice.
I don't know. I am not familiar with Johanssen. Could
Johanssen have been the dealer that sold it and everyone is
looking at the stick on dealer label?
Yes! Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes and yes. "If" you have the
space. If you can make the space, I'd make it.
Sanding. Sanding anything and everything that will fit
beneath the belt. Better than a drum sander, usually faster
and cheaper, way cheaper than a wide belt.
Well, teknikally the group has done nothing for you but as
it's representative today I'll accept your thanks.
UA100, who wishes he had the space but pining for a
Boice-Crane stroke sander none the less...
The manufacturer, Johanssen, is Swedish as I remember and the name is in the
casting. It's definitely heavy old iron. I should have the space in the new
building but wanted to make sure it wasn't too limited in application. Thank
goodness I found a three phase panel in the building today. I was getting a bit
worried. It's not wye but it will work. The thanks are for this and SEVERAL
other such inquiries in the past.
Unisaw A100 wrote:
Stroke sanders were one day a wonderful piece of machinery my first
experience with one was about 20'
long in trade school when the belt broke on that sucker it would cut you up
real bad if you did not hear the gunshot sound and drop to the floor as
I have owned two of them myself, one of which I forgot the brand name, it
was was a nice compact small unit and the Boice Crane unit which I think
they had only the one model.
Since the development of the drum sanders, Stroke sanders have become
extinct they are a pain in the ass, it is a lot of skillful tiring work to
use it and you still could never get your material very flat.
No matter what you bought this unit for you will then go broke buying
I don't know what the current cost is but I would expect about 25 to 30.00 a
belt and they get hot and snap real easy.
you need graphite blocks and graphite gloves also
This is definitely not a machine for occasional use, it is not a home
workshop tool and if one could afford one they would be better off buying
one of the smaller drum sanders.
There was some remarks about venneer work and the stroke sander, generally
not to be used in the same sentence.
The stroke sander was used more to flatten glued up stock, even the finer
belts would quickly ruin a veneered top.
Personally, I would get the sander. I have a 10" x 4' stroke sander that I
have had for the past 12 years. It is the most versatile and useful piece of
machinery I own. I use the graphite glove to do contour sanding. Things
like large cove crown or hand rails get sanded with ease and speed. I also
do a lot of flat work on it using all sorts of graphite blocks. I can drop
the bed 37" below the belt and place an entire cabinet on if I need to do
some sanding on an assembled piece. Try to do that through a drum sander. I
have a wide assortment of belt grits and have even done cool brushed
aluminum and stainless work with it. The belts last a long time and are not
that costly. (30.00 average for an 8" x 300" belt. I have never had one
break on me. They are somewhat tricky to learn how to master. Kind of like
patting your head and rubbing your tummy type thing. But if you learn how to
work one they are great. If you can't work it, you will say they are a pain
in the ass.
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