Jet JSG-6 Restoration #4: New Platen & Pad Installed, I'd Call This Project Done!

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Blog entry by BlankMan posted 12-13-2009 05:48 AM 2817 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well the platen arrived Wednesday and the pad for it arrived Friday so I was able to put ‘er together and she’s good to go. Waiting for the new on/off switch yet, that will arrive Tuesday but if I need to, I can use it. Had it running today to adjust the belt tracking, that was fairly easy. Put a 120 grit belt on for starters so we’ll see and I’ll go from there.

I was going to post a before and after of the belt’s cast iron table to show the results of using TopSaver to get the rust off but because I sprayed it and left it sit overnight there was no before. Just after, the TopSaver removed the rust with no elbow grease needed.

Haven’t sanded anything yet so no nubs yet, have to wait until tomorrow for the silicone sealer to set that I used to seal up the dust collection ports and channel. So tomorrow I’ll see about making some nubs, if all goes well and they turn out good I may even post them.

New platen and pad installed.

The finished product.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 06:04 AM

Looks like a great project Curt. I gona get me a belt sander one day. Very good restore.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 06:23 AM

You did a great job restoring it!


-- Robin Renee'

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 03:26 PM

Looks really nice curt, did a great job on it.

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 03:53 PM

My 1st look at the picture I was sure it was a new sander, great job.

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 04:28 PM

Nice work. That looks like a nice piece of equipment to have in the shop.


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Rick Dennington

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 05:08 PM

Greetings Curt: Well dude, looks like you are good to go. A little big of work for a whole lot of pay !!! Looks like a 6×48” belt. Is that a 9 or 12 ” disc? You can make some dust with that puppy. I’ve got a 6×48” w/a 9” disc. You can really smoke some wood with them suckers….

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#7 posted 12-13-2009 07:53 PM

Thanks everyone.

Rick, 12”

I keep running the numbers since I had to spend money to replace some parts asking myself if this was really such a good deal. I’ve recently seen them on the web for $1019 so I think ok maybe not, then I see not in stock (that always worries me) and $456 for shipping, so it’s really $1475. Rockler is $1386 with shipping and tax, WoodCraft $1390 with shipping and tax. So worst case I saved $585, best case I saved $735 maybe more if I can sell the extra cabinet I have for it. So I have to say, worth my time, and I guess I enjoy doing this kind of thing.

The Delta one or this Jet was always on my wish list but I just always thought $1250 was too much for a sander. Had I bought new I would have went Delta. Don’t get me wrong, worth every penny when you look at what it is, the casting, the motor etc., I’ll spend that and did on a Unisaw or DJ-20, but a sander? Just couldn’t get past that if you know what I mean.

I’m really getting into this restoring thing. Not only do you save money, a lot sometimes, you also get a better machine sometimes because they were made better in years past. Just in the past year, my Delta 12” RAS, $500, new, now, over $2800. My Delta variable speed drill press $400, new this year when they were still making them, over $2200. And those are street prices. So even if I have to put in a few hundred bucks, which I didn’t, I’m still way ahead and I have a good quality machine that I would never spend that much money on. Ties up my time, but like I said, I enjoy doing it based on the results. I would have never considered buying used a few years ago, but now, I actively seek deals.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#8 posted 12-13-2009 09:34 PM

A mean machine. Great job on the restoration. You will get a lot of good use out of this sander.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 12-13-2009 09:54 PM

Super Job Curt a lot of know how goes into restoring a tool like this. Well done. For anyone that hasn’t seen Curt’s shop take a look VERY NICE.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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