Old belt disc sander but in great shape

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Review by ic3ss posted 01-22-2012 10:47 PM 8769 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Old belt disc sander but in great shape Old belt disc sander but in great shape Old belt disc sander but in great shape Click the pictures to enlarge them

This is a Craigslist find that I picked up a while ago. It was made in mid-late 1970’s I believe. I had to do just a little cleaning up on it but it ran fine, but it has a lot of vibration. It’s heavy, cast iron everything above the stand, but it does vibrate a lot. The bearings seem smooth enough, I wonder if I just need to replace the belt. Oh well, I’ve been using it on a project I’m doing for my daughter for the last few weeks and it works fine. For as old as it is, it’s in great shape, and I’ve not had any problems with it beyond the vibration thing. The belt tracks great and is easy to adjust. The best part is that it was made in the good ‘ole U S of A. Woot!


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#1 posted 01-22-2012 11:07 PM

I think a new belt might help enjoy.

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#2 posted 01-22-2012 11:15 PM

You might try a link belt and maybe good new pulleys. I put them on my table saw and it really helped. Look at

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#3 posted 01-23-2012 03:21 AM

I have the identical sander minus the stand. Purchased it in 1976. It’s still my goto sander to this day. The bearings are getting a little noisy but they turn slowly in comparison to other machines so I’ll let them go till the screech. No vibration. Like a table saw I’d say a new belt should make a world of difference. I make a lot of use of the round rollers on the ends for lots of sanding on inside curves. Also, if you put a really low grit paper on it you can actually get it to act like a draw knife. I’ve used mine to almost completely take the wood down when making guitar necks, right down to the curve into the heel.

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#4 posted 01-23-2012 08:25 PM

I was given the same model by a friend once and it is still in use in my shop. I hang a gum belt cleaner on a bungee on the stand to make unclogging the belt easy. I would hate to be without that sander.

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#5 posted 01-24-2012 02:54 AM

try adding a bottom shelf and sand to dampen things. I have had good luck with bundles of roofing shingles as well. Adding a bottom shelf may be enough to dampen vibration. I hate to add anything to a con’s statement who stole from lumberjocks but like to help when I can. The best thing would be bags of lead shot but I’m sure that’s not politically correct

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#6 posted 01-25-2012 04:24 AM

Nice score. The base is the exact same base that came with my Craftsman 113.xxxxx table saw.

Get a link belt and see if that does the trick.


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#7 posted 03-17-2012 05:12 PM

I echo the base weight idea. Or build it a new mobile base with some space underneath to hold belts and discs and other sanding supplies.

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