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.
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