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Belt failure resulting in expensive repair

Belt failure resulting in expensive repair

06-20-2010 03:12 PM by MitchSaginaw | 14 comments »

I am writing to warn the readers that I had to replace the drive belt internal to my Porter Cable 371 belt sander after only 4 months of use. This is a great tool for the shop for its compact size and ability to remove material fast with good control. The problem is that the unit appeared to overheat and the belt came apart. I took it to a warranty center expecting to have it repaired under warranty but found out it was not covered and the repair cost $49.92. ($11 for the belt and the...

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Good Sander, but not Great

Good Sander, but not Great

06-05-2010 09:45 PM by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) | 9 comments »

I received this Milwaukee 1/4-sheet sander this week as a prize for completing surveys online – it was the only woodworking type tool offered. This replaces a B&D 1/4-sheet Palm Sander without oscillation. First impression is that it is packed well in a bright red plastic case with latches. Kit contains the sander, dust bag, three sheets of sandpaper (120, 180, 220), manual, and a paper punch. I had read reviews of this sander on Amazon and many users had complained that it is...

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Makita BO5030K

Makita BO5030K

06-03-2010 06:34 AM by Steven H | 4 comments »

UPDATE: I end up returning it, due to manufacture’s defect . The sander pad was scratched and had dents in it. The second is way worse.More vibration than the first one, and way louder. I shouldn’t even return it in the first place. ——————————————————————————————————&#...

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Bosch GEX 125 AC random orbital sander

Bosch GEX 125 AC random orbital sander

05-30-2010 03:21 PM by Greedo | 9 comments »

i bought this sander over 2 months ago almost by coincidence, before that i actually did most of my sanding with a corded drill and a sanding pad mounted to it! so i got tired of that and wanted something proper.after using some orbital and random orbital festool sanders in woodworking class i fell in love with them! so one day i had enough and i went to a tool store with the idea of buying a festool sander, even if i knew they were outrageously expensive. i came to the shop and 3/4th of the ...

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You Get What You Paid For

You Get What You Paid For

05-13-2010 10:23 PM by mrg | 18 comments »

Sorry to say that this little sander only gets a two star rating. I have had this sander less than a year and the bearing under the sanding plate has froze. It had such potential. ConsThe loading of sandpaper is not that great. But once you get the paper aligned and under the holders its OK. Loud Dust control not great and shop vac couldn’t be connected to the port. The sander has been used maybe 6 times. The past two days it was being used to sand the planter boxes and benc...

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Useful Tool at a Reasonable Price

Useful Tool at a Reasonable Price

05-05-2010 05:08 PM by Lifesaver2000 | 2 comments »

I will preface this by saying that this is my first power sander so I have nothing to compare it to directly, and although I have minimal experience with woodworking power tools, I have many years of daily use of other types power tools under my belt, and don’t have much tolerance for junk. I purchased this item about seven months ago, and up until last week had not given it much of a workout. I had sanded perhaps a total of 100 square feet of pine lumber surface with it. The resul...

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Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander

Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt / Spindle Sander

04-29-2010 04:33 AM by Steven H | 26 comments »

After 3 times of returning and changing, finally got one that works. The first one had trouble with knob adjustments. Second one had metal shaving coming out, adjustments didn’t work.————————————————————————————————————————————...

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Harbor Freight / Central Machinery Oscillating Spindle Sander

Harbor Freight / Central Machinery Oscillating Spindle Sander

04-19-2010 04:50 AM by FJPetruso | 41 comments »

I recently purchased a new Oscillating Spindle Sander for my small woodworking shop. Before making the purchase I checked out comparable models, The Harbor Freight Oscillating Spindle Sander & the Triton Oscillating Spindle Sander. For the type of use that I give a power tool this quality sander would work well. With the exception of the colors being reversed, the two machines are identicle. Both sanders have the same features & acessories. Naturally at $90 for the Harbor freight m...

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Excellent Finish Sanding Solution

Excellent Finish Sanding Solution

03-06-2010 10:30 PM by TheDane | 18 comments »

I have been looking for a better sanding solution for door frames, small panels, drawer boxes, etc, and I think I have found it. I ordered an 18” x 2” V-Drum The Works kit from Stockroom Supply (http://www.stockroomsupply.com) in Ontario, Canada. The Works kit includes the 18” drum, bearings, 2 – 10yd rolls of sandpaper, 2 balanced pulleys, Linkbelt, and a plan to build the box. Total cost to build this machine, including the V-Drum kit, motor, materials, and ...

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GMC ROS, seems pretty goood from my limited experience

GMC ROS, seems pretty goood from my limited experience

02-28-2010 04:54 PM by Andrew | 2 comments »

This was on sale at rockler I think in November, Got it for $20 plus tax. I have had my fair share of problems with cheap power tools, but for $20 you probably cant go wrong as long as your expectations are realistic.I have never used a Random Orbit Sander before so my experience is limited, but it does a good job, it removes material quickly, and leaves a nice surface ( swirl free) It does bog down ( still oscillates, but doesn’t rotate) with too much pressure, but I suspect they all...

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