In an industry of proud companies that share a philosophy of “good enough never is,” surface finish is a key measuring stick of craftsmanship. You can do everything else well, but if your finishes aren’t flawless, it reflects poorly on everything that you do.
Wood finishing still dominates the industry but other materials and new technologies are arriving constantly. Metals and plastics are becoming more common and technological changes in finishes – some driven by regulation or economic factors – are redefining the art and science of sanding.
Stiles brings you over a dozen sanding machines, made by two of the world’s most renowned manufacturers, offering a wide variety of functionality and capability so you can make the highest quality product with an affordable investment.
The sanders Stiles offers are for all finishing sanding projects, from complex sanders to surface sanders. Stiles also offers sanders specific to the surface they are sanding, solid wood, veneer, lacquer and edge sanders.
Types of sanding:
Edge and profile sanding machines are equipped with belt sanding units for an equal sanding result on the each piece. A flexible suspension of the sanding shoes enables the sanding units to adapt optimally to the profile tolerances. For special tasks there are edge chamfering units, units for rounded edges and sanding wheel units.
Lacquer finishes require a specific surface for optimum adhesion. Machines integrating both longitudinal and cross sanding abrasive belts are often preferred; all machines must be equipped with a de-ionization and dust cleaning device installed on the machine out feed.
Complex profiles, cutouts, contours and three-dimensional components are often handled by programmable, high precision robot sanders.
Stock removal from solid wood is primarily accomplished with a longitudinal sanding process; unlike surface sanding machines, solid wood sanding machines incorporate brush rollers or air jets to remove debris. Some machines can sand both sides of a piece of wood in one pass reducing operator involvement and speeding processing. In addition to flat surfaces, several machines are adept at finishing shaped panels and pieces with varying thicknesses and contours.
Surface sanding is the most common form of stock removal, accomplished with abrasive belts or orbiting abrasive pads. Key differences in machines include size and direction of the feed, the number of heads/rollers employed to rotate abrasive belts, and the way belt or pad pressure is applied to the surface. Longitudinal sanding is most typical but cross sanding is used when preparing a surface for a lacquer finish. Brush rollers may be used to clean and smooth the surface before final finishing.
Veneer sanding is used to clean up glue seams and remove slight surface imperfections that are sometimes encountered in the veneer splicing/jointing/gluing process. Brush rollers or air jets are commonly integrated, and some machines combine longitudinal and cross sanding features as well as one-pass upper and lower longitudinal sanding.