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Disc/Belt Sander

by phk
posted 07-16-2012 09:08 PM


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#1 posted 07-16-2012 09:13 PM

There is a reason we like the EB4424. It does what it does VERY well…

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 09:39 PM

I have a 6” x 48” belt sander from Harbor freight ($200) and use it a lot. It has a disk sander with it but I never use that. (Burns the wood ). This is the most used tool in my 10’ x 25’ shop.

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 10:56 PM

I had a Dewalt 6’‘X48” disc/belt sander. I used it some the first year and I could never get good results. It sat idle in my shop for 10 years and I just gve it away. I now use hand planes, BS, spoke shaves, scrapers, etc., and do much better work.

-- Jerry

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Cole Tallerman

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 11:35 PM

go for a belt/disk with a mobile base. The base will let you pull it away from the wall to get at all those angles you need around it. Also if you do, go for a 6×48 because most of the 4×36 sanders are crap and underpowered.

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 12:05 AM

I use my 12” disk about as much as the belt.
Would hate to be without either.

If I was starting over, I’d carefully consider the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander and still get a separate disk sander. They all do different jobs and I presently don’t have a spindle sander except for my drill press.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 02:25 AM

I have an OLD Grizzly 6×48 sander and it gets used on every project. The belt gets used a lot more than the disc as I get less burning on the belt. i also have a Hatichi 4×36 that has held up well but is a toy compared to the old Grizz.

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rance

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#7 posted 07-17-2012 04:07 AM

Andy, and others,

Get yourselves a belt cleaner:
http://www.woodcraft.com/product/2000271/8/abrasive-belt-cleaner-2-x-2-x-12.aspx
I’m sure Rockler has them also. Or just use an old tennis shoe.

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 02:10 PM

I was going to ask yesterday, why do I need one of these? My next tool purchase will either be something like this or a drill press. I guess I don’t really understand their use. What makes these better than just a regular old ROS?

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rance

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 02:27 PM

Joe, Put a 36 or 50 grit on the belt and you can do some shaping in a real hurry that will take a long time with a ROS. It has a purpose that is different than a ROS. It also has a table that gives you 90 degrees from the belt to square up corners if you need that. Grits are easilly and quickly changed.

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Bill White

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 02:50 PM

Ridgid in my shop. Its a keeper.
Bill

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#11 posted 07-17-2012 03:09 PM

I have recently put $250, including tax, and extra warranty, into a Harbor Freight belt disc sander. So far it’s been a good deal. I was considering a $500 sander that Grizzly sells. However, I was really pushed for money at the time. So far I haven’t been sorry. If it will last me a couple of years I will be happy because I was doing a whole lot of hand sanding and I consider it has already paid for itself in time saved in the last 6 weeks. I would probably still not have any sander yet so getting this cheaper one has helped me a lot. BTW, I put mine on a plywood base with casters because my shop is small too.

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#12 posted 07-17-2012 08:36 PM

Rance, a Art eraser does a good job also.

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#13 posted 07-18-2012 12:45 AM

Rance, I have three of the big gum erasers (one near every sander). They save a lot of paper. Joe, These sanders do so much more than a ROS: sand a perfect circle, true up a miter, round corners, take the excess ‘pin’ materiel off box joints, etc and they do it FAST!

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#14 posted 07-18-2012 12:46 AM

I’m just having trouble visualizing how they work, especially the belt part. I will probably get one this weekend. Woodcraft has there 10/15% of sale Saturday and Sunday

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 07-18-2012 12:50 AM

Joe, A big advantage to the larger sanders is a much longer platen under the belt. This allow you to sand/flatten longer pieces. The platen on my Grizz is 17” so check this before spending your money.

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#16 posted 07-18-2012 01:02 AM

Thatks for the tip! I don’t know why I always forget about Grizzly. The G1014Z looks awesome and is a few hundred cheaper than the rikon I was looking to get

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#17 posted 07-18-2012 01:16 AM

Instead of spending hard earned cash on the rubber blocks to clean belts and disks just use your old soft soled running shoes. You can also get the old shoes at thrift stores for a couple a bucks a pair.

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gfadvm

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#18 posted 07-18-2012 02:24 AM

Joe, That’s the model I have (only mine is much older CL bargain) and I love it. Add 2 big shop made tables to it like mine and you’ll really find a lot of jobs for it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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rance

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#19 posted 07-18-2012 02:44 AM

Belt/Disk sander. One of THE most useful tools in the shop. PERIOD!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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