I’m going to be introducing you to my shop one tool at a time. I’m currently upgrading and making jigs/fixtures for a number of my machines and buying some great industrial tools in the near future. My shop is coming together piece by piece and I hope to show you the progress as I go. So here’s the first of my recent upgrades…
I recently upgraded to a “Poly Belt” on my Performax 22-44 Pro from the original 100 grit conveyor belt. Most people don’t know this item even exists. This was a tough item to find… not because it’s not in WMH’s inventory, but because nobody knows the part numbers. If you want one, call Mel and Timber Woodworking (www.timberww.com). Tell him that Thomas Porter sent you. It’s more pricey, but holy crap it’s a night and day difference. I’ll give you more details after I run some more tests tomorrow. All I can tell you now is that from the test pieces I’ve worked with so far it grips the piece at least 4-5 times better and fixed all of the feed issues and/or dips in the sanding surface that sometimes occur. This is definitely something I recommend to someone that uses this machine often.
The cost of a poly belt: $269.00
The cost of a 100 grit belt: $70-120 (depending on who you go to. Timber Woodworking seemed to be the cheapest)
Most people would say, “I could buy three of the regular belts for the cost of that poly belt”. That’s true, BUT it increases the performance substantially and will more than likely last longer. I ran some more test pieces through while I was calibrating the in-feed out-feed tables and setting the thickness gauge. It works much better and I’ve gotten my machine more accurate than it ever was.
-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ, www.thomasporter.com