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Nice Big 6 X 10" Belt/Disc Sander

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Review by PhineasWhipsnake posted 1453 days ago 3820 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought this sander a few weeks ago at Woodcraft (Sacramento) after scouring all the competitors. I do a lot of decorative boxes, and my little Delta 4X6 was just too small for many of my projects. At $350,the Rikon wasn’t exactly cheap, but the other brands were hundreds more. I also looked at Harbor Freight’s model, but the crudeness and lack of any dust collection ruled it out for me.
First of all, this puppy weighs in at 104 pounds, so it’s not like the little 4X6 that can be tucked away on a shelf and hauled out when you need it. I mounted the Rikon on a roll-around cart that contains all my sanding supplies and belts. It does have a couple of well-placed handles on the ends to make handling easier. The main frame is cast iron, as is the disc table. I’d read in an older review of this model that the disc table supports were flimsy, but the one I got had good cast-iron supports. The table is also tiltable for miter work, but I doubt if I’ll ever use that feature.
The belt is, like all these sanders, adjustable from horizontal to vertical, and has a sturdy steel work table. All the mounting brackets and hardware are of decent quality and heft.
Like most Asian imports, the assembly instructions leave a lot to be desired. The photos look like crude 3rd generation photocopies, but I think most people who use power tools won’t have much trouble figuring out how to assemble & use this thing. It ain’t rocket science.
The belt platform has a low-friction metallic base on which the belt rides, and the belt is easily adjusted for tracking. The dust collection is pretty mediocre, in my experience. With my 2-1/2 inch dust collector hose hooked up to a 2HP unit, sawdust from the belt pretty much went everywhere, but dust from the disc was picked up pretty well. Also, the vibration from the belt was considerably more noticeable than my little Delta. I guess if I’d gone with the $550 Jet I might have gotten a smoother running machine. All in all, a decent machine for the money. Incidentally, a belt sander this big can really take off knuckle skin in a flash…don’t ask me how I know this :-)

-- Gene T




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#1 posted 1453 days ago

I bought this same sander a while back and did not like it. Took it back for a refund.

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#2 posted 1453 days ago

Nice review Phineas. I too have this tool. I bought it about 2 years ago and have been satisified with how it has performed. I found getting the disc table to 90 degrees took a fair amount of fussing but I got it there. I am not sure what you mean by the disc table having cast iron supports. They seem to be a thin steel or even aluminum to me. Whatever they are, I wouldn’t refer to them as flimsy.

If it’s any consolation to you and your knuckle(s), I experienced what I would call my worst woodworking injury on this tool. It is not intended for thin stock. I was sanding some thin stock on the belt sander, in the horizontal position and it slid under the table and broke into pieces. I was apply downward pressure when it slid so the middle finger of my left hand went right into the spinning abrasive. I had a very deep abrasion that took weeks to heal. It was operator error on my part as I had no business sanding such a thin piece on this tool. To add insult to my injury, the piece was completely ruined. Lesson learned the hard way!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 1451 days ago

I haven’t used mine since getting my Ridgid OSS .
The brackets that support the 10” disc table are very thin , stamped steel , and don’t like to hold the adjustments very well , but that is the designers fault. The table itself weighs about 5 pounds and when you add the miter gauge plus the workpiece plus any necessary pressure to hold it in place , it’s no wonder the table flexes or slips on the brackets. Also , when trying to sand with the 6” belt in the vertical position , the table is impossible to keep at 90 degrees , so forget about your workpiece staying square. The 10” disc on mine seems to turn a whole lot faster than the 1720rpm that it states in the owners manual and tends to burn the workpiece rather than sand it , no matter how careful I am with it , unless I use ie: 60 or 80 grit discs. I’ve emailed Rikon several times regarding this matter and have yet to receive any replies from them. If there is any way to slow this beast down , they would have a much better machine. Even though it weighs 100 pounds , it still vibrates more than it should and needs to be clamped or bolted to a solid workbench. If you get replacement discs from Woodcraft , they’re about $5 each , so I had to go online to find the elusive 10” size….seems like everyone carries the 7” , 9” or 12” discs. Dust collection on the disc area is fair , but the belt area is mediocre at best.
This is just my experience with my particular machine…....thanks for your review , but I would give mine 2-3 stars at the most.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 1450 days ago

I bought one a while back and returned it, same as Greg did.

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 1447 days ago

Think this should do well. I have the Craftman one this size and I use it all the time. I love it both the belt and disc. Its a go to machine for sure. Enjoy!

here is a [place that has great Sandpaper that lasts see my review as well.
http://www.industrialabrasives.com/sticky-discs-5-12-white-nonloading-cloth-sticky-discs-c-78_143.html

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 1202 days ago

Update:
Since retiring seven months ago, I’ve become a full-time screw-off/er/”wood artisan”, and have put this sander to almost daily use making decorative boxes. I still feel the machine is a bit crude and noisy and the dust collection is fair-to-poor, but overall does a great job of hogging off stock quickly and accurately. I’m sure the Jet and other brands would have been much more refined, but they also cost twice as much. Not worth it, IMHO.

-- Gene T

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#7 posted 1184 days ago

I am fairly satisfied with mine, but like everyone else says the disk table is not of the quality that it should be another $15 bucks in the cost would have made a big difference put into the table, I made some bracketry changes to mine to make it a solid & accurate table, also made sliding base plates for it. Then I mounted it using shock rubbers that are high end absorbers for off road use.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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