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Machine mods, oddities, and fix-ups #8: radial arm thickness sander

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Blog entry by Loren posted 427 days ago 1255 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In the past I had this old Performax 22/44 sander set up on a Delta turret radial arm saw. I used the motor on the saw for a few years, but it wasn’t very satisfactory. I took the sander apart and haven’t used it in years but I’ve decided to get it going again.

I removed the carriage and turret from the Delta RAS (it’s a 9” and never had a guard so I never had any interest in using it for its intended purpose – still, it is very well made). I have a 2HP motor I’ll rig up to power it this time. I also have the conveyer unit.

Performax started out selling the original 22/44 as a radial arm saw attachment. This sander is made from that original Performax model. The conveyer was sold separately.

These days with used drum sanders not holding value particularly well, I would never mess with cobbling together such a setup… but, you know, I had the parts on hand.

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runswithscissors

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#1 posted 427 days ago

Looks like you might be able to run a bolt from the old pivot arm pivot to the sander arm and really stiffen that thing up. One problem with the open end sander is insufficient rigidity to the arm.

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JL7

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#2 posted 419 days ago

Loren, I have the same old sander….use it all the time, with upgrades…...Today, I added the new paper holding things (instead of the plastic)......blog here.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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