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andy_P

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06-08-2015 10:21 PM

Hi, guys. I’m looking for input on the purchase of a 4×36 combination sander with a 6 inch disk. It looks like I finally wore out my old Delta…..about 20 years old, but have a lot of belts so want to stick to that size.

I’ve seen them from about $79.00 at Harbor Freight to you name it. Whatever I get, it will probably outlive me, so just looking for some input. Figuring shipping, taxes and all, I can probably be ahead of the game by just going in to my local Home Depot or Lowe’s and pick one up. Dust collection port is a must.

Thanks for any input.

Andy

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.


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#1 posted 06-08-2015 10:31 PM

I recently bought the Porter Cable 8” Disc / 4”x36” belt sander. I heard good things about it and for just the disc size alone so it was enough for me to purchase. Plus, today only, I think, you can get a $100 Lowes gift card by mail on eBay for $85. I purchased one myself today to buy other items. Currently the sander is priced at $179. Hopefully that helps a little. (Note: the 8” discs are always, from all the ones I’ve been to, next to the sander itself; it seems Lowes doesn’t put them in the sanding disc section for some reason)

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#2 posted 06-08-2015 11:17 PM

Thanks, Rayne. I did check that one out but my only problem with it is the location of the disc. My shop situation dictates that the disc has to be in the front of the machine. Sure looks like a good deal for you though. I hope you have lots of success with it.

I was looking at a Skill unit from Home Depot. It seems to have everything I need and at a good price for what I need. Anyone have any comments about that unit? It seems to have good reviews.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#3 posted 06-09-2015 12:22 AM

Don’t buy any power ww’ing tools from HF. You’ll regret it.
I would check Grizzly.

I have a Delta and unless they’ve changed the design I’m not too impressed.

I would go the big box route for a small tool like this.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#4 posted 06-09-2015 12:24 AM

I have an old HF combo that’s works like a champ. A hair underpowered but it get the jobs done.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 06-09-2015 12:33 AM

Andy my good man,

Hope all is well with you and yours!!!

My Father in law purchased a combo unit at HD for about $120.00. It is a Skil brand and he just loves it! I was over there this weekend and monkeyed around with it at for the price it is a great buy. Seems to have good power when I was a little hard on it.

I think it is the same one you are talking about and If this fits your needs..go for it!

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#6 posted 06-09-2015 12:39 AM

That harbor frieght combo sander might be about $60 right now depending on which catalog you receive via mail. it was for me 2 weeks ago. I generally stay away from HF if it has a motor (except for their dust collector, and this sander) but I got curious about the 4×36 combo, and figured if I Couldnt get it running better, I’d return it. As stated earlier, it is a bit underpowered, but I changed and tightened the belt, waxed the track it runs on and it seems to run much better than it originally did out of the box, and does what I need it to. As for longevity, couldn’t tell you as I’ve only had it a couple weeks, but the motor is right there, and could be changed out if needed.

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#7 posted 06-09-2015 01:16 AM

I bought the HF 4×36 combo about 2 years ago. I took my time and set it up adjusting and tightening everything even put on a dedicated fitting for DC… screwed it to a rollaway bench the whole 9 yards. I thought after all of that time and work I had put into it that it would be a dependable tool, I was wrong.

Pro’s The motor when belts tightened and all adjusted is plenty strong enough.

Con’s Everything besides the motor. Mega play in the miter. The disc at best had a wobble. Less than quick to switch the belt from easy to horizontal… DC port not user-friendly when horizontal. Small table for miter and the list goes on.It was awkward to use

Last year for shop space, I got rid of it. For $20 dollars I gave it and $20 dollars worth of sanding belts and discs to a guy at work. I tried my best to make it work bit I couldn’t…. Haven’t looked for a replacement, but the wound is scabbing up nicely

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#8 posted 06-09-2015 03:48 AM

Hey, Steve. Really glad to get your input. That sealed the deal for me. I’ll be ordering it right after I close lumberjocks down. All’s well here and hope the same with you.

Stew and Jimarco, I sort of wrote off the HF unit when I could not find that it had a dust port of some sort. I also read a couple of other reviews on that unit that stated that it needed adjustments to really run great. I don’t have too much of a problem with HF stuff usually. For the amount of time and for what that I use certain tools, what they offer fills the bill for me. I’ve had one of their bench top drill presses for years and years.

Thanks for all the input from all of you.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#9 posted 06-09-2015 03:58 AM

Negative on the dust port chief.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 06-09-2015 04:10 AM

Yep, a belt sander without a dust port is asking for trouble. Can’t figure out why anyone would design one without a port. Even as bad as my dust collection system is, anything helps.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#11 posted 06-10-2015 03:09 AM

Haha! Oh yeah, I forgot to mention as Jimarco remembered to, with the HF combo sander, don’t expect any accuracy from the table. The only thing it does ok-sorta well, is spin a round peice of rough paper counter clockwise, as well as a long narrow rough peice of paper counter clockwise (depending on how your looking at it) but for me, that’s all I need it to do. But, it sounds like you’ve made your decision (probably the better decision).

-- Hoopty scoop?

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#12 posted 06-10-2015 08:17 PM

Check Craigslist, I found mine there some years ago, and older Craftsman.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#13 posted 06-10-2015 09:19 PM

I bought the bigger Rikon. http://www.amazon.com/RIKON-50-120-48-Inch-10-Inch-Sander/dp/B002FB74XS

I wish I had a do over on that deal. Dust collection is minimal. The disc table adjustment support is lightweight, you need to use a light touch when using or it will easily bend. It’s hard to keep either one at 90 Degrees.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#14 posted 06-10-2015 11:10 PM

Thanks for the continued input, guys.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#15 posted 06-11-2015 02:17 AM

Is that combo really the right choice for your needs?

You might look at the Rigid oscillating sander. It’s nothing remotely like a disc/belt combo, but it is a really handy device, and pretty much universally good reviews.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/100061671?cm_mmc=Shopping%7cBase&gclid=CjwKEAjwwN-rBRD-oMzT6aO_wGwSJABwEIkJqhNSrSv3j3SYmAeAcas7W0rSMoEENoXmORH1AtRjTBoCvuvw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

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