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Review by dbhost posted 09-21-2009 03:47 AM 2306 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not much to say about this. I needed to finally replace the sanding belt cleaner I had as I had worn it out. (Still on the same belt FWIW). I hopped into Harbor Freight, and picked one of these up. Sale price of $3.99, and since I wasn’t getting anything more expensive, I threw the 20% coupon on it for an additional $.80 savings for a total before tax of $3.19…

Got the thing home, and it is EXACTLY the same item as I had purchased at the big name woodworking supply and hardware store that sponsors Norm’s show a year ago… Only theirs sells for $8.99 on sale…

I know this isn’t much to write home about, and if Harbor Freight isn’t located conveniently to you and the other places are the cost of shipping kills the value prospects… But this can be a bargain for those of us that need to watch the budget somewhat…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com




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a1Jim

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 03:56 AM

Thanksd for the review.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 05:46 AM

I wasn’t so sure about the HF one. Honestly for the $$ I figured they would have cut corners somewhere… If they did I have no clue where…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 06:09 AM

I use these a lot. Almost time to get a few more. The HF ones are a bit smaller, but for the price, not a bad deal.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 08:24 PM

I’d rather not say which store I got the other ones at. But the HF one is at least visibly the same size as the other one… Now since I have only bought my belt cleaners locally, you can figure out where I got the other one by doing some Googling…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 10:59 PM

Small item, great review….
thanks for taking the time!!!

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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davidroberts

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#6 posted 09-22-2009 01:12 AM

I still say for consumables and small items you know you will probably abuse to death, HF is the way to go. I bought a $10 1/4 sheet sander I dedicated for use with WD40 on cast iron. No reason to stink up a $50 sander.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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#7 posted 09-22-2009 01:22 AM

I use the HF ones exclusively. I’ve gotten them for 10 years. The only way to go.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#8 posted 09-22-2009 04:25 PM

Thanks good info. I’m all for cheep if the quality is there. The last one I bought was $10.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 09-22-2009 04:33 PM

Looks like a good deal. It is probably one of those items that has the most mark-up on it in the store.

To clean my belts I focus the compressed air gun on them while running the sander. All the stuff caked on the belt flies right off. I never have had the need to purchase such an item.

I clean the sandpaper on my drum sander the same way. It blows all the contaminates right off.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#10 posted 09-22-2009 05:04 PM

yeah i found the HF one shortly after spending like $10 for one from rockler/woodcraft.

ive only used it once to clean my belt/disc sander, i was a bit skeptical but man these things work awesome.

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#11 posted 09-22-2009 06:34 PM

Okay, I had to list the measurements. I was trying to avoid throwing the other competitors names around but since Mike breeched that for us…

The HF unit I have measures 9” x 1.5” x 1.5” Their web site says it is 8.5” x 1.5” x1.5”. LINK

Rockler advertises theirs at 8” x 1.5” x 1.5” LINK

Woodcraft apparently has 2 models. Only one of which I have seen on the store shelves which measures 8.5” x 1.5” x 1.5” LINK

FWIW, The Rockler one is currently on sale for $5.99

While I won’t link it here. Woodcraft does have a larger size online, that measures 12” x 2” x 2”. The larger size may interest some folks..

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#12 posted 09-22-2009 07:11 PM

oops sorry! didnt realize that was a no-no

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#13 posted 09-22-2009 10:52 PM

No it wasn’t I was just trying to be nice to Woodcraft / Rockler. I like both of those businesses as they have stuff I cannot seem to find anywhere else… I was trying not to slam them on price…

No harm, no foul…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#14 posted 09-23-2009 04:12 AM

was in Harbor Freight today and got 2 HP Dust Collector for $139.00 plus tax,with coupon. Works Great.

-- john50

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dbhost

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#15 posted 09-23-2009 05:32 AM

Stick a 1 micron filter on that, with a Thien pre separator and you will be that much more impressed with it… I love mine!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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