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Harbor Freight 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander

Harbor Freight 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander

1809 days ago by cpd011 | 14 comments »

This is my first review. I received the sale paper for Harbor Freight a week ago and like many of you I’m very leary of any of their power tools. My grandpa always tried to buy the best tools, and between my dad and his brother they are still using his Unisaw, drill press, joiner and bandsaw which ar all at least 40 years old. getting back to the point, I saw they were advertising a benchtop belt/ disc sander combo for $49.95 and decided to make the twenty minute road trip with my dad. ...

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Same thing the other guys sell at half the price.

Same thing the other guys sell at half the price.

1766 days ago by dbhost | 17 comments »

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...

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The off switch works

The off switch works

682 days ago by Bob Kollman | 20 comments »

I sand a lot of wood…on average over 200 BF a month. I own a drum sander and use it a lot, but I find that for the final finish a ROS is the best tool. I have owned and used porter cable sanders for the past 5 years and I like them. The 390 low profile is a cut above the others. This tool has been reviewed on LJ’s twice before, but it has been awhile and this tool deserves another mention just to keep it on your radar. It is variable speed….I don’t use that op...

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Porter Cable 390K 5" low profile Random Orbital Sander

Porter Cable 390K 5" low profile Random Orbital Sander

191 days ago by GeneR | 21 comments »

First off I have used many, many different sanders before this purchase. I bought this sander to replace a porter cable 1/4 sheet finishing sander that finally gave out after many years of reliable use. I looked at several random orbital sanders that were comparable including the Dewalt version which is more of a finishing sander where this is an all around work horse. The most notable difference between this and other ROS’s is the fact this is very quiet compared to Dewalt, Black...

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"Benny" and Her JET

"Benny" and Her JET

1660 days ago by mmh | 3 comments »

Well, I may need to change my name to “Benny” for this title, but this is my latest addition to the wood workshop as I dearly needed an upgrade from the Craftsman 6” x 36” belt sander which I tend to replace every 18 months (via 2 yr. service contract). The difference between the Craftsman 6” x 36” and the JET 6” x 48” models are like Night vs. Day. Same concept, but the function and quality are on opposite sides of the spectrum. For the pr...

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Small sander that does a big job

Small sander that does a big job

1606 days ago by Sawdust4Blood | 8 comments »

I bought one of these because I was looking for a detail sander that could get me into the corners of furniture projects. But since I make sawdust almost every weekend, I was looking for something that was going to last. I had looked around at a lot of other detail sanders and they all struck me as cheap flimsy things designed to be used on one or two projects then forgotten or thrown away. I also considered a couple of the multi-function tools for their utility but sanding was more important...

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Sand Devil

Sand Devil

1350 days ago by bluejazz | 5 comments »

I hate sanding. Among woodworkers of course, that about is as unique an impression as ‘Hitler was a bad guy’. This tool truly does make sanding easier. First off, cutting sandpaper and getting it into my 3M sanding block was a major pain. I’m sure there are better choices than 3M in sanding blocks and making your own is an option. But this Sand Devil has been a huge improvement for me. First off even with my Sandpaper cutting jig, cutting to size is burdensome if ...

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A Great And Simple Little Machine

A Great And Simple Little Machine

1297 days ago by Dustmite97 | 2 comments »

I have had this sander for almost a year now and it has been great. I always needed a disc sander but always had trouble trying to pick one. There are many similar ones to the sander that I have and there are also combination units with a disc and a belt. I decided I really only needed the disc since I only sand wooden toy parts, bandsaw boxes, and for shaping plus I have limited shop space. I decided to choose this sander. The 12 inch disc makes for lots of sanding surface which is a big adv...

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Affordable Drum sanding Finally

Affordable Drum sanding Finally

1244 days ago by sawblade1 | 21 comments »

Today I received this little guy in my shop :) Drum sanders are expensive especially conveyor fed ones however Grizzly’s new 10” drum sander fits the bill at 345.00 and put it into the range of most average woodworkers. To have one is a luxury but a well deserved one. The sander left the boards smooth and scratch and track mark free. I set mine up with 180 grit paper instead of the 80 grit it came with. I only give it five stars with a few exceptions. On the sander I received ...

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Flatmaster 24" Drum Sander

Flatmaster 24" Drum Sander

190 days ago by retfr8flyr | 8 comments »

I know there are a couple of reviews on the Flatmaster Sander but I thought I would give my impressions of my new 24 inch Flatmaster. I have had this sander for about 4 months now and have run many different projects and wood types on it and it does a great job. Unlike most drum sanders, it is a hand feed sander so some will be turned off immediately but they would be missing a great sander. I purchased the ready made metal cabinet version. There are other various forms of the sander in ki...

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