Ramco 43" wide belt sander

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Forum topic by whimsical_woodworker posted 08-08-2018 05:41 PM 579 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-08-2018 05:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: ramco wide belt sander belt sander wb sander sander

Hello, all. New to the forum and I have a question about an opportunity to buy a wide belt sander.

According to the seller it’s a Ramco 43” wide, 25hp, 3 phase. Has been cleaned and checked. new wiring, air lines, motion sensor, belt in good shape. No issues, ready to go to work right away.

It doesn’t come with any sanding belts and they’re asking $4,200. I’ll attach some photos so you can get a look.

What I’m interested in knowing is: deal? No deal? Does anything look hinky?

I ask because I’m 2.5 hours from the sander and don’t want to make that drive unless it’s worth it.

Any advice is much appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-08-2018 07:41 PM

I buy a lot of woodworking machinery used like that and there’s no science on my end. I just look what something like that would cost new vs what I’m willing to pay for it.

My price on something like that would probably be $3500 and I would jump on it. To others though, it may be a great deal. Are you a pro shop or starting one and need the capacity?

Ask for photos of the platen also to make sure it’s in good shape as that is something you might have to replace as well as the belt rollers.

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#2 posted 08-08-2018 09:50 PM

Thank you for the response, AZWoody.

I’m a small shop in need (not a desperate need, but it would certainly be nice) of sanding tabletops at a higher rate.

At this point for me it’s more about getting a feel for used wide belt sanders. This particular sander appears to be in decent shape, but a little more than I would be willing to pay given its age and condition. The seller has steadily been coming down from their original price of $5500, and $3000 to $3500 was what I had in mind for this sander, but I didn’t want to propose that price and insult the person.

Thank you for the advice on what photos to request. Yesterday I asked the seller for photos of the platen, but have yet to receive a response. I’ll keep you apprised of the situation.

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