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Belt Sander from a Treadmill?? YEP

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 1200 days ago 5829 reads 10 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Check this out guys. Found this on Youtube today. What a brilliant idea…..you could set this up in so many different ways….enjoy

if video isnt working…here is the youtube link

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!



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degoose

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#1 posted 1200 days ago

Well I never… what will people come up with next… really big sander.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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DaleM

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#2 posted 1200 days ago

And my wife said I was stupid when I tried to take her treadmill from her.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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Eric_S

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#3 posted 1200 days ago

Damn, we just sold our treadmill to a friend since we both prefer to run outdoors.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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MontanaBob

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#4 posted 1200 days ago

double damn we just gave ours away…......That is one slick idea

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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reggiek

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#5 posted 1200 days ago

Time to keep an eye out on yardsales….etc…LOL. I’ve seen a ton of used workout equipment for sale…cheap!....mostly as folks get tired of the unused equipment sitting around in their homes or garages…without being used. That would make a sizeable belt sander…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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poopiekat

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#6 posted 1200 days ago

Incredible! Just one question: I wonder if this was built to use a standard belt that exists for use in some other machine, or if the builder had to get a custom size? Cuz if it has a 14 1/2” X 48 platen, it would require a belt in the neighborhood of 14 1/2 X 105 inches? Does this size exist? EDIT: Whoa…I just found a belt… Now I want one!! http://www.aaabrasives.com/products/coated_abrasives/sanding_belts_ao_resin_bond_premium_grade_ziroconia_alumina__zirconia_alumina_plus/wide_belts_14_width_-_52_width/1913

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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dakremer

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#7 posted 1200 days ago

Hey poopiekat. I’m pretty sure you can custom order pretty much any size sanding belt from companies that make such products. If you can get a cheap treadmill and order a custom belt – you can have a pretty bad ass belt sander for pretty cheap!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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wb8nbs

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#8 posted 1200 days ago

There was an interesting article in one of the home machinist magazines last year on using the motor from a tread mill on a lathe. The motors are DC variable speed. I would love to have a motor I could slow down on my drill press so I’m watching garage sales for one.

-- The only difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

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TheFonz

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#9 posted 1200 days ago

I picked up a couple used treadmills this past weekend. The permanent magnet motors are popular for building wind powered generators. That was my plan anyway. Think I’ll go to plan B and build one of these beauties.

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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dakremer

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#10 posted 1200 days ago

TheFonz – make sure you post your project! I’d like see other versions of this! I think its a really amazing idea

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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TheFonz

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#11 posted 1200 days ago

Will do.

I wonder…..If a fella could build a drum sander using some of these parts? Now my mind is really working.. LOL

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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dakremer

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#12 posted 1200 days ago

I’m sure you could. You could set it up verticle, horizontal, flat (like in video). I’m sure you could figure out a way to raise it (like a drum sander). I wish I didnt live in an apartment, with no money, and too much studying to do, and no woodworking shop…..UGH!!!!!!! haha. I can’t wait to do this kind of stuff!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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TheFonz

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#13 posted 1200 days ago

Think I’m gonna head up to the shop and tear one of these things apart. Maybe do some measuring and what not.

-- Jeff, Look with hope to the horizon of today, for today is all we truly have.

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George M

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#14 posted 1200 days ago

Amazing, I am in the process of doing this right now. I picked up a treadmill for $35 and disassebled it. I didnt want the transport to be as long as the treadmill was, and wider (25”). But I am using the motor for the transport and the bed is HDPE, so that glued on top of mdf will be the transport bed. If you wanted a 16” sander the rollers would work perfectly also.

-- George, Parker Colorado

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spunwood

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#15 posted 1200 days ago

No way! I was just thinking about this the other day in the car…but I don’t have a tread mill.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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