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Vintage Craftsman 1/3 Sheet Sander

Vintage Craftsman 1/3 Sheet Sander

06-11-2009 04:33 AM by dustbunny | 6 comments »

No longer available for purchase through Sears, this sander can still be had at yard sales, auctions, eBay, or your grandpa’s workshop. Since I totally dislike sanding as part of the woodworking experience, I have to say I love this sander. Once I established the fact that I had a stack of cutting boards that needed to be sanded and had built my downdraft table to ease my pain, my husband turned up with this sander. He held it out saying it belonged to his dad, and it was one of his ...

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Rockwell Sonicrafter Does a Great Job

Rockwell Sonicrafter Does a Great Job

07-01-2009 10:15 PM by EricWrights | 8 comments »

I had looked at the Fein Multimaster, but couldn’t justify the price. I bought the Sonicrafter specifically to sand between the rails of a baby crib I built for my daughter. This tool will see as much use as my random orbital sander! It’s very well made, and does a superb job. A couple of experiential comments: 1. The tool is a fast worker, let IT do the work for you. 2. The dust collection attachment gets in the way, and is useless. 3. I haven’t found a s...

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Rikon Belt/Disc Sander

Rikon Belt/Disc Sander

07-01-2009 10:26 PM by Wayne Precht | 12 comments »

I came into a little money horse trading some rough oak, so I decided to spend it picking up a couple of much needed tools. The first one is a Rikon 6”x48” Belt / 10” Disc sander. It was on sale at Woodcraft, $50 off. Even though Springfield is a bit of a hike, this weighs a ton, so shipping would have been eye-wateringly expensive. This tool filled a gap in my lineup. Previously I had a little Delta 1”x42” Belt / 6” Disc sander that was just this side of useless for furniture making. A...

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Nice Big 6 X 10" Belt/Disc Sander

Nice Big 6 X 10" Belt/Disc Sander

08-07-2010 03:17 AM by PhineasWhipsnake | 7 comments »

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 tha...

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Dremel Multimax a low cost alternative?

Dremel Multimax a low cost alternative?

07-06-2009 09:39 PM by EricWrights | 14 comments »

A very useful customer’s review I found. Credit: Camera Shy (Baltimore, MD USA) at Amazon.com Good Tool and Recommended (with some room for improvement) I received my Dremel Multi-Max about a week ago and was anxious to try it out on a serious project. The Project: Cut out exterior window molding that had begun to rot. The tool did the job as expected; in fact I felt like a surgeon cutting out a tumor. However, after just a few minutes of use, the blade came off – not goo...

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Shakes itself to pieces in a very short time

Shakes itself to pieces in a very short time

07-07-2009 06:46 AM by Durnik150 | 7 comments »

Price $29.95 via Amazon. The price fluctuates with what package of attachments come with the sander. The search for a reasonably priced finish sander continues… I had hoped this little unit from Black & Decker would hold up for a while and I would get some good use out of it. I was disappointed. First, the “Zone Touch” feature is worthless. There is an indicator light that tells you when too much pressure is being applied. This light comes on red when the unit is f...

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Not for the Feinthearted

Not for the Feinthearted

07-08-2009 03:05 AM by Roger Clark aka Rex | 20 comments »

I have looked at the Fein Multi Multimaster and the Rockwell offering, then sighed as I looked at my Social Security check.There is no way I could afford or justify this ocaissionaly used tool nomatter how great it was. Looks like it is waaaaaaaaaay overpriced considering for the same money you could get a good saw,router setup and many other heavy usage necessary tools. Yesterday I had to take the wife on her weekly pilgrimage to Walmart, so after dropping her off there I scooted around t...

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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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Simple tool but its great at what it does

Simple tool but its great at what it does

03-23-2015 11:28 PM by ic3ss | 3 comments »

This was a Christmas gift and this is the first time I had to use it today on the chop of my workbench I’m building. A sanding block is something that almost doesn’t deserve a review I think but I really like this. It’s size is perfect for straightening out an edge which is what I used it for today. It fits perfectly in the hand and I think this may reduce fatigue ‘cause I used the heck out of it and my arm was tired but not my hand. I wasn’t sure how well the...

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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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