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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:20 pm 
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Have large belt sanders gone the way of mass production shops? I bought a cheap one from harbor freight to see if I would use it thinking I would get a "good" one if it seemed useful. It did, but not enough power to do much. I can find one by Rikon in hobbiest price range but all others are $600 and up. Are they no longer popular with home woodworkers? Or have I not looked hard enough? Will an oscillating sander do the same shaping as a belt sander?

A related question; are there any on-line stores that carry a wide range of large/stationary power tools? Since 7 Corners closed it seems like most carry a few but not enough to compare features.

Any other advice for a wood removing sander?

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:42 pm 
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7" disc sander with 36 grit paper. Nothing better for quick wood removal.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:56 pm 
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I saw a few DIY wide belt sanders made from cast-off tread mills. Been thinking about making one myself.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:46 pm 
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I have the RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander and love it

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 9:29 am 
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Daddy Gloves wrote:
I have the RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander and love it


Me too. Does what I need it to do and has decent dust collection.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:30 am 
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Geoff,
Have you looked at Menards? I bought a "Wood Shop" 9" disk/ 6" belt sander from them probably 8 years ago. It has been good, good power, heavy cast iron but looks kind of crude. They now sell a different "Name?" now but very similar. May not be stocked in your store but take a look on line.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:31 pm 
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I like that Delta sanding center. I' e never seen it so assume it's old? Delta has changed ownership a few times recently and there line up isn't the same.

I haven't looked at Menards but will. Their shop force tools have been good, at least in the small tool class. I have a few Rigid tools and am quite happy with them. I'll check out their oscillating sander also. I don't think I'll go for a DIY model, though. That sounds more like work than fun.

Thanks everyone for your help.

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I have a Delta 9" disk and 6" belt. Works great, plenty of power.


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I have a old delta 9" disk 6" belt bench top sander. No issues with it. Though it can seem underpowered at times but it's operator error. It stalls when I press push the piece to hard.

I put just enough pressure to let the belt/ disk do the work. Though I only use it with smaller items it does the job


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http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-80- ... nder/G1531
Get an edge sander You won't even miss the disc..


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John Boy wrote:
Daddy Gloves wrote:
I have the RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander and love it


Me too. Does what I need it to do and has decent dust collection.


Me three- one of my favorite tools in the shop

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