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Mirka Autonet, Abranet, Abralon sanding disk and Ceros Sander

Mirka Autonet, Abranet, Abralon sanding disk and Ceros Sander

11-17-2014 04:54 AM by jgt1942 | 24 comments »

Mirka is well known for their sanding products and I have used their sanding disk for years but as with any sanding disk you always have the problem of clogging and dust. As an answer to this Mirka has a line of disk that look like window screening and virtually eliminate dust if you are using a good vacuum with your sander (more on this later). Following are a couple of images of a sanding disk. As you can easily see (no pun intended) you can actually see through the disk.In this line...

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One of my best purchases ever

One of my best purchases ever

10-29-2014 02:12 AM by CharlesA | 26 comments »

Back in July Paxorion posted a review of the Preppin’ Weapon. I was suspicious that any sanding block could be worth $21.95, but he gave it such high praise, and I was frustrated enough with what I was working with, that I thought I’d give it a try. This thing is great. I even sometimes reach for it when I might have grabbed my ROS in the past. I like the solid way it holds the sandpaper, the comfortable grip. the very even way it sands. I even waste less sandpaper because I...

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Powertec BD6900 sander - Safety Warning!

Powertec BD6900 sander - Safety Warning!

10-16-2014 04:12 PM by Tennessee | 6 comments »

I’ve owned this sander for about two years, and I bought the second table which to me made it nice. Today I was sanding the outside perimeter of a bandsaw jewelry box, a fairly big one, maybe four lbs. before cutting the drawers.I had a catch on the sander. We all have them, the belt catches the work, it drives down into the table, we chide ourselves, and go on. Not today. When the catch happened, it hit the table and the whole table sheared off the sander. I also had my shop va...

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Motor burned out in less than 3 days

Motor burned out in less than 3 days

09-20-2014 08:17 PM by ERQ | 18 comments »

Picked this belt sander up for $50 on sale at the blue box on a Saturday morning. Put it through some admittedly hard use on Saturday and Sunday grinding down some unevenness in some self-levelling concrete I’d patched a concrete slab with. Monday night I went to do the last few spots and started to smell burning emanating from the sander’s motor. Based on this performance, it would be a one-star tool. However, it came with a 30-day money-back guarantee so I was able to return ...

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Ridgid R2601 5" Sander Poor Quality

Ridgid R2601 5" Sander Poor Quality

09-18-2014 05:59 PM by txsawyer | 15 comments »

I bought the R2601 about 18 months ago. This sander has been in the repair shop more than it has been in my shop. I signed up for the Ridgid Lifetime Service Agreement (LSA) which is a joke. When sander started running erratically about a year ago, Ridgid told me to bring it to their repair facility which just happens to be a 5 hour drive for me. Told them I didn’t want to spend 20 hours or 2 days on the road. So the said said bring it to Home Depot which was much closer. Dropped it off...

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GOBSMACKED WITH DISBELIEF - Can this really be true?!!!

GOBSMACKED WITH DISBELIEF - Can this really be true?!!!

09-04-2014 01:47 AM by Jerry | 34 comments »

I am so glad I took the precaution of calling Skil’s support department before I purchased this SANDER. Not understanding how I would be able to replace the sandpaper on the detail accessories I called to ask. I was ASTONISHED to be told that the sandpaper on the 8 detail accessories can NOT be replaced, rather you have to BUY A NEW SET OF DETAIL SANDERS EVERY TIME THE SANDPAPER ON THEM WEARS DOWN. NOTE: I’ve edited this part of the original post because of new informatio...

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Review: ETS 125 EQ Random Orbital Finish Sander

Review: ETS 125 EQ Random Orbital Finish Sander

08-10-2014 02:54 AM by pashley | 21 comments »

REASON I BOUGHT A NEW SANDER: Sanding is not my favorite part of woodworking. I want the best result as quick as possible. I even considered getting a drum sander, but at $800+ and a chunk of floor space, I was reluctant. My DeWalt ROS would leave a lot of swirl marks, costing me time – in finding the swirls marks, and finding them after I started finishing! Also, the DeWalt would not do dust collection well. So, in an effort to finder better sanding down quicker with better dust collec...

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Combination 4 in. x 36 in. Belt / 6 in. Disc Sander Harbor Freight

Combination 4 in. x 36 in. Belt / 6 in. Disc Sander Harbor Freight

08-08-2014 01:00 PM by Blackie_ | 28 comments »

Anything less then the top name brands you are taking a gamble, some have good luck and some don’t, Myself I’ve to this day with all of the machinery that I’ve purchased from HF have had less then good luck as a matter of fact I’ve wasted more money buying crap from Harbor Freight then if I had just purchased the top name brand tools to begin with… With saying all of this you’d thunk I would’ve learned my lesson by now well this belt sander is the one...

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Impulse buy lives up to the company name, and may save my woodworking journey!

Impulse buy lives up to the company name, and may save my woodworking journey!

07-21-2014 12:58 AM by paxorion | 25 comments »

I come from a rather impatient part of the world, and if anything seems like a monotonous use of time, I can’t stand it. So if anyone were to ask me what I enjoyed least (i.e. hate) about woodworking, it’s sanding. In fact, sanding is probably the part of woodworking that is most likely to cause my projects to go into limbo. There are times when I am worried that sanding will be the death of my woodworking journey! Enter the Preppin Weapon. I remember first spotting it on a...

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Grizzly G0582 24: Wide Belt Sander

Grizzly G0582 24: Wide Belt Sander

07-03-2014 02:10 PM by BoardSMITH | 7 comments »

After two months of hard use I feel somewhat qualified to write a decent review. So here goes. Crating and packing – Blah, blah, blah, etc… Delivery – Blah, blah, blah, etc… Instruction manual – Blah, blah, blah, etc… Fit and finish, Blah, blah, blah, etc… Now that all the fluff is out of the way. I purchased a Grizzly wide belt sander because I was unable to find another on the market of that size. My budget would handle a 24̶...

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