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#1 posted 03-20-2018 05:47 AM

There was a 13” wide model sold many years
ago by Reliant/Woodtek and under other
brand names too. Allegedly they had tracking
problems, which caused belts to shred.

“Real” wide belts are complex machines with
several air valves and solenoid switches in them
to manage tracking. Mine has electric eyes that
watch the edge of the belt and trigger the switches
to open/close air valves to pivot the top idler

You might look at building a small stroke sander.
Stock longer than the machine bed can be sanded
with them. It’s inconvenient to shift stock like
that, which is why they are generally large, but
it’s doable with some stroke sander designs.

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