Gil-Bilt is an old company in St. Charles Mo. I used to live in Florissant Mo about 20 miles away and I went to their office and bought a 6 X 48” Belt sander kit. I don’t remember the price.
I’m guessing that is was around 1970 that this occurred. I built the sander and used it for over 20 years. The sander didn’t have a disc sander attachment and so I bought a new one and retired my Gil-Bilt. This guy is about 40 years old.
Some people asked me for some pictures of my version. I couldn’t find it in the shop and today I was doing some cleanup and it appeared in a corner of the shop.
I took it out into the driveway and cleaned it up a little.
The apparatus on the right is the belt tightener arrangement. That part is also used on their bandsaw to tighten the blade and tilt the top wheel.
The knob on the right is to tighten the belt and the smaller knob is the tilt arrangement. The two wing nuts are the lock for the belt tightener.
The platen is a 2X8 trimmed to 6” wide with some particle board on top. Probably a sink cutout with Formica on top. I covered it years later with a graphite material that makes it slicker for the belts to slide across.
It came with the tilt mechanism for the table surface.
The belt surface could be moved into a vertical position and the three screws on the side were to allow for leveling the surface to the tops of the two wheels so that the belt moved across the surface without dipping between the two higher wheels.
The motor mount is attached on one end and the weight of the motor keeps the belt tight.
The sander never did wear out and it was used alot because I made children’s toys for about 10 years and I went through a lot of belts. I used to buy they in quantities of 20.
I don’t know what their current price is for the metal parts, but if someone wanted to built their own sander, I’d highly recommend it.
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