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Blog entry by emart posted 02-06-2015 08:39 AM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to polish out the slab table top today and something was missing from my gazebo. My makita orbital sander and my milwaukee 4” belt sander are gone from my back yard. Normally I put them away at night but I was sick the other day and forgot to do it. This isn’t the first time I have had items stolen from me but this is so much worse since they stole my livelihood.

Does anyone have a suggestion for a new 4×24 belt sander? It appears that milwaukee no longer makes the one I had.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/



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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 02-06-2015 03:28 PM

I’ve had a Makita 4X24 belt sander for years. It’s a beast and never lets me down.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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scarpenter002

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#2 posted 02-06-2015 10:14 PM

Sorry to hear that happened to you. It is so sad that there seems to be so many people out there that lack ethics.

-- Scott in Texas

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robscastle

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 11:27 AM

I read in the paper a belt sander piggy backing an orbital sander was seen belting along highway 5 near Renton heading south toward Kent being chased by a guy wearing a suit of armour.

-- Regards Robert

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 02-12-2015 10:45 PM

Crime is out of control. If you let your guard down the least bit you’re liable to be a victim. It use to not be any where as bad as it is now.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Rob

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#5 posted 02-12-2015 10:49 PM

If you haven’t already done so, file a police report, call all the pawn shops, and watch Craigslist and Facebook BuySellTrade groups in your area. It might make sense to post ads if you have the serial numbers for your tools.

I’ve had a bicycle stolen from my driveway and have had gas thieves hit our cars at least twice, so I put up security cameras. Even with the cameras I still have to get up in the middle of the night sometimes to check the cameras and double-check that everything is put away and the doors are locked. I also had a recurring dream for a short time where someone broke into our garage and stole everything—it was so vivid I still wonder sometimes if maybe it actually happened.

I hope you can get back to work soon, and maybe if you’re really lucky the old tools will turn up somewhere.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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emart

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 12:44 AM

I picked up a harbor freight orbital for now and have an older less reliable belt sander for the time being. Unfortunately the harbor freight orbital is all but useless once my current project is paid for I will replace it with another makita or dewalt sander. So far in the last few months 2 of my cars were robbed and someone was caught checking the doors on every home on the block to try and rob them.

Unfortunately i do not know the serial numbers to the sanders though the belt sander has clear star rentals logos on it since I bought it from that rental company when they retired the sander from service. There is about half a dozen pawn brokers in the area that the sanders could have wound up in. As soon as I can afford it im replacing the doors to my shop with some steel framed ones and reinforcing the doorway with steel to make very sure nobody tries to crowbar their way in.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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emart

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#7 posted 02-22-2015 12:09 AM

Well I made a discovery today. I found my belt sander next to a fence in my yard. The thief must have dropped it trying to escape into my neighbors yard. other than being covered in mud the sander looks undamaged.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them https://www.custommade.com/by/emeraldcrafts/

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Rob

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#8 posted 02-22-2015 01:46 AM


Well I made a discovery today. I found my belt sander next to a fence in my yard. The thief must have dropped it trying to escape into my neighbors yard. other than being covered in mud the sander looks undamaged.

- emart

Glad to hear you recovered the belt sander! I suggest with the money you save on not having to buy a belt sander, you litter your backyard with garden rakes. IR security camera to record some live-action cartoons optional.

-- Ask an expert or be the expert - http://woodworking.stackexchange.com

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