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Help with a decision 28 Mar 2020 11:56 #20793

I have a meeting with my local big machine rep this Tuesday (3-31-20) to buy a new belt sander and I'm on the fence about a 8" or a 10".
I'm in so cal. and I will be doing middle to upperclass residential homes, mainly white and red oaks with a periodic Walnut, Mahogany, Maple job and I'm sure there's going to be a whole lot of engineered woods coming up.
With this as my base, is there a reason I would prefer a 8" belt over a 10" or a 10" over and 8"? Just to be absolutely clear I'm talking about the new Bona Belt machines.

Oh... By the way stay clear of Floorsupplies.net this guy makes promises and deals he can't fulfill. It will cost you time and money in the end. He cost me to loose a $37,000 job. Just looking out for my fellow contractors.

Help with a decision 30 Mar 2020 18:28 #20794

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I would go with the eight inch machine.

If you were doing both, then the ten.

If mostly commercial, then the twelve inch.

The eight inch means you can rough off more confined areas such as
closets, small alcoves, porches and the like. Also, if you have a lot of floors
with borders, it means you can rough them off without going out into the field
and crosscutting.

Help with a decision 30 Mar 2020 19:21 #20795

That's a good point. All my more experienced bud's say the 10" sweet but they do a lot of commercial and run 12" machines. Thanks for your input.
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