Here is a challenge most of us face at one time or another. I have a Craftsman bench top sander that gets a lot of use in my shop. Well, it did until here recently when it met the concrete. Yep, I didn’t have it fastened down in order to keep it portable on my work bench. By the time I realized that it was on the edge, it was too late. I wasn’t about to try to catch a running power tool, so all I could do is step back and watch it plunge to its death.
Ok, maybe it’s not completely dead. At this time I have it on life support, trying to decide whether or not to pull the plug.
It has been determined that the damage is a broken drive belt, a bent shaft that turns the belt and the disc, and a broken sanding disc plate that took the impact when it feel. Anyone that has delt with sears here lately knows its getting harder and harder to get repair parts. Luckily, the belt and shaft is still available. The disc plate and table however is not.
I have a spare 8 inch disc and table that I had picked up a while back that could be easily retrofitted to the sander. (Easy for me anyway because my brother runs a machine shop)
Now the question remains. Is it worth fixing? The cost of repair, with shipping, is $45. The cost of a new 6 inch belt sander to replace it with is $200 at HF and Menards. Having a new 6 inch would sure be nice, but,,,,, I’m not sure I want to dig that deep at this time. So I have to ask myself, If I was to run across another good used 4 inch sander today, would I buy it for $45? My answer would have to be yes. So, with that said, maybe it is worth the repairs until a bigger one comes along???
What’s your opinion???
-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....