Viet solves round table problem at Pendle Woodcraft

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It’s crucial for any business, and particularly so for smaller manufacturers, that they obtain the best possible value for money when they buy a new piece of equipment.  Pendle Woodcraft are satisfied that following a thorough investigation of the crowded sanding machine marketplace, they made the right decision in choosing a Viet S211 artisan wide belt machine.

Based in Darwen, Lancashire, Pendle Woodcraft is a small woodworking company which specialises in producing a diverse number of wood-based components, including making prototype samples prior to larger production runs. Its output ranges from seat boards for colleges to beer pull plinths.

They needed to replace their 900mm wide belt sander because they had to put hardwood edging on 25mm wide laminated MDF circular table tops, with the hardwood having to be perfectly level with the laminate.

Regular work requires going down to 3mm thick on plywood and finishing 150mm thick pieces of hardwood.

“There was no way we could have handled the circular table work with our old wide belt sander,” said the company’s foreman and CNC operator Peter Williams, who played a key role in the decision to buy the Viet machine.

He began the buying process by looking at six wide belt sander manufacturers, including Viet, and soon decided that two of them were out of the running as he considered their machines were not strong enough to last the 10 to 15 years required.

After coming up with his shortlist he asked the four remaining contenders to quote for an 1100mm wide belt sander.

“We decided to buy the Viet for a number of reasons,” said Mr Williams. “Firstly, it was easy to use, and secondly we were convinced it would last us for about 15 years, which is important when you are small business and don’t change machines every year or so. We also liked the five-year care package that came with the machine.”

Another plus in its favour was that Viet is now owned by Biesse, and Pendle Woodcraft have been more than satisfied with their two Biesse CNC routers.

The S211 Viet Sander

The S211 model they chose is the smallest model in the artisan range, offering Viet quality at an affordable price. It is of robust construction with a powerful motor, is easy to use and comes with a range of options to make it suitable for a wide range of applications.

“The benefits we are achieving from it are considerable,” said Mr Williams. “It has reduced our sanding time by around 15 per cent and our finishing costs are down as well. So, would I buy another Viet wide belt sander? You bet I would!”

The Viet artisan range is now available from T.M. Machinery Sales.

For further information contact Matt Pearce, Sales Director on 0116 271 7155 or email

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