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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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Powerful Disk Sander

Powerful Disk Sander

10-09-2009 05:57 PM by FatScratch | 9 comments »

I received this disk sander about 9 months ago. I really didn’t think it was a necessary addition to my small hobbyist shop, but it was a gift. The buyer thought it would be a necessity for my hobby and I didn’t have the heart to exchange it. It has come in handy many times since I got it. The sander was nicely packaged in a square box which was very difficult to get my hands around, coupled with the fact that this thing is very heavy. This sander weighs in at about 100lbs. It t...

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Grizzly Oscillating Spindle Sander

Grizzly Oscillating Spindle Sander

12-05-2009 05:43 AM by rjcshop | 5 comments »

Every time I work on curved parts I wish I had a decent spindle sander. I use the drum on my edge sander or belt sander, or small drill press mounted mandrel sanding tubes or a small sanding block mounted in my jig saw, but these are always a pain with minimal or no dust collection. I used an oscillating spindle sander years ago in a commercial pattern shop and really liked it but I didn’t think I had room or budget for one. But, having recently saved a ton of money by building some ...

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Grizzly "Knife" Belt Sander - Model G1015

Grizzly "Knife" Belt Sander - Model G1015

12-05-2009 07:20 AM by rjcshop | 1 comment »

I’ve often wished I had a narrow belt sander for finish details on some of my projects and for free hand shaping. My old 10” Delta band saw had a belt sander attachment kit that I used a few times. It worked fairly well, but was cumbersome and took a lot of time to change over, so it got little use. But, it did the job when I really needed it to. I’ve also used my jig saw with a narrow sanding plate mounted in it for some work and that works all right, but not well. The...

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Craiglist Drum Sander find

Craiglist Drum Sander find

12-04-2011 08:18 AM by ichbinpete | 18 comments »

I have been on the lookout for a deal on a drum sander for quite some time. Of course a good deal to me has to be an amazing deal to the wife. Using Craiglist RSS feeds is about the best way to stay up on things and find a good deal, btw. Anyways, I found a listing for a Jet 16-32 drum sander listed for an amazing $300. I immediately called the number and asked what was wrong with it. When the seller said nothing and that it was only about 6 months old with about 1 hour of usage I asked ...

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26" Of Awesome

26" Of Awesome

01-29-2010 05:31 PM by Dustin | 9 comments »

It’s big, it’s heavy, but it is possible to move it. Just don’t try taking it out of your truck and pulling it into your shop like I did. It’s very dangerous!I had to take off my door to fit into my shop lol. Good times!Anyway, so it weighs a lot and it’s big so your going to need casters to put it on if you want to move it at all. This sander is very powerful with it’s 5hp motor. I can take off quite a bit of material in one pass using 80 and 120 grit...

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Perfect for whacking things with sandpaper

Perfect for whacking things with sandpaper

02-09-2010 05:46 PM by Wiley | 6 comments »

I bought this sander several years before I got into woodworking, when I didn’t know better. I finally replaced it yesterday, and can’t even ethically put it on craigslist. Hopefully enough googling will reveal the proper incantation to banish it back to the depths of hell from whence it came. The main problem is that it does not, as sanders generally do, vibrate from side to side. Instead, it vibrates in all dimensions equally. This has three main effects: first, it very quickly ...

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Really nice sander

Really nice sander

02-14-2010 03:09 PM by CCWoodcrafts | 7 comments »

I needed to get a sander that hooks right in to my shop vac. My old craftsman doesn’t.I got this at Home depot based on review there. What a difference! You can hardly feel it vibrate, dust collection is superb, variable speed. I can’t believe I suffered with that old craftsman all these years. I’m not a big brand loyalist and had the Dewalt and PC in my hands but decided to give this a try as my Ridgid saw saw has been such a work horse. I’m glad I did. Does anyone k...

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Improved switch design, great dust collection

Improved switch design, great dust collection

02-24-2012 01:24 AM by nwbusa | 5 comments »

Update: I’ve owned this sander now for over a year, and it has gotten a lot of use. It’s been a great tool with no problems, so I’ll leave the five stars in place. The original review follows: I haven’t had this sander long yet, so my 5 star rating is based ondesign and recent performance. After I have used it for a longerperiod of time, I’ll come back and update my rating if warranted. I really want to comment on two aspects of the sander design. First,t...

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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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