Sander Rebuild #1: So if the motor runs it's worth at least $40.00, isn't it?

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by OldGuysRule posted 01-20-2016 07:14 PM 628 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Sander Rebuild series Part 2: Opps, didn't get the pictures posted. »

I went into the Potter’s House in Fayetteville just to kill some time while the wife was at her Doctor appointment. The Potter House is a resale store who’s proceeds go to charity. I’m not even sure who gets the benefit from the sales. But, anyway they had a old table top that was a restaurant booth at some time. It was glued up oak about 4’ long x 3’ wide and 1 1/2” thick. They had it marked for $5.75 and why I didn’t buy it right then is beyond me.

Well, I went back the next week just to buy that table and when headed to the back were it was I spotted this old Craftsman belt sander. Being in the need of a sander I stopped to take a look at it. They had it marked at $69.75. One of the young guys that work there came over to see if I needed any help and I asked him if it even ran. He wasn’t sure, so he hunted up an extension cord and plugged it in. I hit the switch and she rattled to life! I turned it off and asked him if that price was firm, and without even giving him the chance to answer I made a face and then made the commit “Man there is a lot of stuff missing”. He didn’t want to miss a nibbling fish and came right back at that commit with a counter offer of $50. Again I made the face and repeated myself “Man it sure is missing a lot”, and then made a counter offer of $30 bucks. He shuffled his feet a little and jumped right back with $40 and the statement “Hey, the motor is worth $40”. I had to agree with that an asked if he would help me load it.

It sure isn’t anything pretty but, it does run. As soon as I got it home I started checking the bearings and anything else I could think of and came to the conclusion, Hey the motor was worth the $40 bucks! I didn’t take a picture of it until I had already replaced the sanding belt so you don’t get to see the 2” wide belt that was on it. Any way after deciding it was at least worth putting a belt on it I figured what the heck, I might be able to fix her up a little after all. I will try to update the rebuild weekly if I can.

Oh, I didn’t forget the table top. They had marked it down to $3.75.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for follow-ups!

Commits please! It was worth at least $40 bucks, wasn’t it?

-- Rod P.........OLD GUY......Learning new things!

1 comment so far

View TheWoodRaccoon's profile


361 posts in 346 days

#1 posted 02-07-2016 03:52 AM

Sounds like a decent deal….

-- still trying to think of a clever signature......

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics