What is the best floor sander to buy?

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I am often asked about what floor sander I would suggest for professional floor sanding and although my experience is in selling solid and engineered real wood floors I knew just the man to ask so I  spoke with my friend Nick Peters at Granwax  because what he knows about floor sanding and finishing is beyond belief He said the best three floor sanders are

1 Clarke floorcrafter  www.youtube.com/watch?v=e94BWGI8_fo This clip also shows the finishing sander that Granwax sell new for around (£3000) the belt sander is £4500 new the main downside is its hard to get parts in the Uk so you can wait 10 weeks for parts.

2  Lagler Hummel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yV6jryqxFGA I love the guy in this has clipped the sander to his belt My other contact Roy Kelly reconditions these New around  £3250 Roy has reconditioned 20 this year but has none at the moment he has put me on his waiting list. he re sells them for around £1400

3  Kunzel & Tasin  http://gehlflooring.com/products.asp?pid=308 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM0NNhsxLvw Very good and the cheapest to run because instead of buying packs of pre cut belts this sander lets you fit your own from a 50m roll However it takes a bit longer to fit as you need to use alan keys each time to open and tighten the sand paper back in place. Roy has one ready for sale for £900. and I think you would need to go see and talk with Roy at least with him they are reconditioned and ready to go.

I’m sure you will get honest advice from both men Roy’s number is  Cambridge tool repair Roy Kelly 01638743902

You will also need a edging sander as seen in first clip and I would advise getting trained how to use one or they can put big dents in a floor before you know whats happened. These are heavy machines and they have to be carried as the drums can’t be rolled along pavements and up peoples drives. The weight is needed as the drum machines are used to take the cupping out of floorboards if the boards are not cupped you can use a lighter finishing sander.