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Kimwood Machinery Inc. offers the STATE-OF-THE-ART in wide-belt sanders. Kimwood's impressive history of successful installations has made Kimwood sanders the standard from which many others are judged. Dating back to 1960, the basic design philosophy for all Kimwood equipment continues today.... a heavy duty machine capable of combining high production while producing the finest sanded panels in the industry. Our ongoing policy has been one of product and service commitment to the forest products industry. Click the following link to check for "New or Reconditioned Equipment" currently in stock.

Smithway Sander
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The Smithway sander was introduced to the industry in 1963 and is considered the grandfather of all Kimwood sanders primarily designed for sanding plywood, the Smithway sander was the first to incorporate the Patented "Orfice Sanding" feature. The Smithway sander has since been superceded by the newer and more automated Control Master line of sanders still utilizing "Orfice Sanding" however, spare parts and retrofits will continue to be available for the Smithway sanders.

Several Kimwood Smithway sanders have been shipped back to Kimwood for reconditioning under our Rebuild Program. Rebuilt Smithway's have been reconditioned to original OEM specifications and susccessfully re-introduced to the plywood and OSB market.

Typical Sanding Heads:

  • Opposed Contact Heads: Panel stock removal is equalized between the two heads.
  • Offset Contact Heads: Used to size only one side of a panel at a time. The offset units are best if one face requires more stock removal, different grits, or if one-sided stock is occasionally run.
  • Offset Combination Heads: Consisting of a smooth steel contact roll followed by a flexible platen bar, the combination head is used for additional sizing and finishing of one side of a panel at a time. By cutting away the coarse grit scratch marks with the contact roll and wiping only the fine grit scratch marks with the flexible platen, the combination head can create an extremly "flat" smooth chatter free finish.
  • Offset Platen Heads: Consisting of a flexible platen bar, the platen heads are used for very fine finishing of one side of the panel at a time. Generally limited to .001 to .003 inch stock removal.

Orfice Sanding Principle:

One of the keys to accurate and precise sanding is Kimwood's patented "orifice" sanding feature which is used on the Kimwood Smithway Sander. Because of the tremendous pressures created across the face of panels while being sanded, it is important that the design of the sander include a controlled orifice (opening) through which the panel must pass. Not only is the creation of the opening important, but also the maintaining of the opening under actual sanding load is equally important. The actual orifice is created and maintained utilizing air cylinders, adjustable columns and slide blocks which all comprise the actual sanding head assembly.


Kimwood has been involved in the manufacture of sanders for the wood products industry since 1963. Through the years, the sanders have continually been updated to accomodate specific industry applications which characterize the everchanging industry. As the applications have changed so have certain areas of the sanders. In some cases, Kimwood has introduced new models to meet new applications or modified existing models simply to remain competitive in the industry. Irregardless, Kimwood sanders remain the leading sander in the industry today. Click "Sander Retrofits" for available sander upgrades.

Roll Inventory Program:

The Roll Inventory Program was introduced in September of 1999 when Kimwood began stocking rolls that were in the highest demand. Kimwood has now implemented a revised program that will increase the number and type of rolls held in inventory via component stocking rather than assembled rolls. Component stocking will allow more individual roll parts to be placed in inventory which are used on multiple roll assemblies. This will be advantageous and will increase our ability to meet the high demand rolls needed to help customers during downtime situations. Click "Roll Inventory Program" for more information.

Parts, Manuals, & Assembly Drawings:

Kimwood maintains historical files for all of it products lines. As a result of this, almost all of the equipment originally supplied can be manufactured from historical files. Kimwood also can reproduce most machine assembly drawings and original manuals for those pieces of equipment. Click "Parts, Manuals, & Assembly Drawings" for more information.

Sander Trade-in / Reconditioning Program:

Let us look over your present Kimwood Sander and provide a trade-in allowance against the purchase of a new Kimwood Sander; or as an alternative, let us provide a price to recondition your existing sander. Click "Reconditioning Program" for more information.

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