We have belt sanders in the metal shop that are 1" but not in the wood shop. The 6" belt sander is great for taking off a lot of material and shaping but not good for fine detail and finishing. We have the same issue with the oscillating sander where the rounds and the belts tend to be lower grit sand paper that is good for shaping but not good for finishing. A 1" X 42" belt sander would allow us to use the same belts we sell for the Machine Shop in the wood shop and make getting finer grit and finish sanding on small or awkward shaped projects easier. Additionally it allows for slack belt sanding which we don't have in the woodshop currently.
New Equipment for Space