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#1 posted 10-14-2018 01:41 PM

CW is right about the HP issue/ If you want speed you need HP. I have a 16/32 (1 HP) and is has been excellent for the work I do, but it is very slow. I’ll probably spend 30 minutes surfacing a largish cutting board whereas a sander with more HP probably could cut that time to 10 minutes or less. I’d probably upgrade if I needed to save the time but I don’t.

Offhand I can’t think of any disadvantages to a larger sander over a small unit besides working with short or small pieces where the smaller unit could offer more control of the wood on the conveyor. Larger units do take more space and the price seems to go exponential with size.

If I was in your shoes, I’d snap up that 16/32 from CW and see how it fits with what you need. If it does’t, sell it for $600 and apply the gains to a larger unit 8^)

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