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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Other Tools & Accessories => Topic started by: hdv on July 04, 2019, 01:10 PM

Title: Recommendations for a stationary edge sander?
Post by: hdv on July 04, 2019, 01:10 PM
I am thinking of buying a stationary edge sander. As I already have a Hammer C3-31 and am in the process of ordering a Felder FB610, the natural choice would be to go for the Hammer HS950. But I honestly don't know how good it is.

After doing some research I found out about the Holzkraft KSO 1500 [1], which seems a very nice machine indeed, albeit more expensive. And of course Grizzly and Jet have edge sanders as well. But those might be hard to get by here in mainland Europe.

Looking for reviews of these machines on the internet didn't result in much details or a useful comparison of their capabilities and quality. So I thought to ask here for any experiences and suggestions. What edge sanders do you use, and what do you think of them?

I will be using the machine mainly for squaring and smoothing the edges of hardwood (mostly maple) and BB or veneered ply.

Your opinions are much appreciated!

[1] This machine does not only have an oscillating belt, but optional drums to put on one of the axels as well. It is in German, but a webpage showing the machine can be found here (https://www.stuermer-maschinen.de/marken/holzkraft/kategorie/produkt/holzkraft-schleifmaschinen-fuer-holz/kso-1500-aktions-set-5368150set/).
Title: Re: Recommendations for a stationary edge sander?
Post by: Bob D. on July 04, 2019, 01:27 PM
Never used one but I found this on the Axminister site.

https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-trade-series-at6x90bs-belt-sander-101701
Title: Re: Recommendations for a stationary edge sander?
Post by: hdv on July 05, 2019, 04:33 AM
Thanks. I'll put Axminster on my list to look at. To be honest, I had forgotten they made such machines.
Title: Re: Recommendations for a stationary edge sander?
Post by: Bert Vanderveen on July 05, 2019, 08:45 AM
@hdv  I have a Hammer HS950 on order (should show up end of the month) and was able to inspect one at the dealer (in Barneveld NL). The build quality was excellent — it has a very solid cast iron bed like the ones my A3 31 also has; other components also looked good. My one beef with the machine is the base. This is a closed box of sheet metal parts, which means you can not use that space (no door). 
Oscillation can be switched on and off (mechanically); it comes without a plug (at least in the 400V option) — you need to provide that yourself or extra order as a part (a bit pricey at the dealer).

Something I learned is that it is possible to put the base on casters (M10), which was something I really appreciate (I know - it's the small things that can make one happy).

I did consider an Axminster, but the Brexit situation has put me off pursuing that possibility.
Title: Re: Recommendations for a stationary edge sander?
Post by: hdv on July 05, 2019, 05:39 PM
I get my Felder/Hammer machines at the same shop.  [smile]

Once you have had the chance to use that sander for a while, would you mind posting your opinion on the machine again? I'd like to know how it turns out in practise before making my choice.