October 08, 2009 12:00AM
A supporter of the wood technology program at Pittsburg State University is continuing to make sure students have the best equipment possible.
Timesavers, Inc., the world's largest manufacturer of widebelt sanders, has placed a new, 2300 Series machine at PSU through a loan agreement with the College of Technology. The company has loaned sanders to the wood technology program for the past 22 years. The agreement marks the fourth time the machine has been replaced by Timesavers.
The sander, used for sanding panel stock and hardwood, has 52" wide capabilities with two heads and a platen. The machine, valued at around $70,000, is widely used by students in the program, from those enrolled in beginner courses to the more advanced students taking courses in professional furniture building.
Doug Hague, an instructor in the Department of Technology and Workforce Learning, said the continued support is important in making sure the program continues offering the best preparation possible for students.
"If it weren't for companies like Timesaver, we wouldn't be able to provide hands-on training with equipment of this magnitude," Hague said. "The exposure to this technology is a huge benefit to students and the program as a whole."