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Forum topic by Steve posted 11-15-2009 02:47 PM 1171 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2009 02:47 PM

I need a combo sander. 4×36 belt w/6” disc. Grizzly is out of the questiion as after over a month and 3 junk sanders, I’ve given up on them. The last one was even inspected. What a joke. But I digress. Any suggestions on a good sander would be apreciated as I really need one.

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 04:20 PM

I bought a Harbor Freight version about 5 years ago. It is 6X48 and a 12” disk.

The dust collector on the 12 disk is non-existant but the 6X48” side works ok.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 04:26 PM

I have a Delta 4X36 w/ 6” disk. I use it all the time and have been very happy with it, but I think it is discontinued.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 06:03 PM

I have a Delta 4×36 with a 9 in disc and stand, and us it a lot for a lot of different things.

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 06:49 PM

I’ve got a Delta that has worked great for 9 years now.

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 08:02 PM

I too went with the Delta 12” disc sander probably about 12 years, that thing is a workhorse I was amazed by it. I use it for metal too 1/4” thick angle iron and flat stock and it don’t bog down.

I always wanted a Delta Sanding Center but not for $1200. I picked up the Jet equivalent at the GM Janesville plant auction in spring for $400 and ordered the enclosed base for it and am getting ready to set it up.

I’d check out Craigslist, I did a quick look in your area and found three nearby, the second one (red one) I’d really consider. Even though it’s a Craftman’s it’s an older Craftman’s built when there was still some meat to the metal. A lot of people want new but I’ve found the old machines were built a heck of a lot better then today’s machines and I lean towards them now. With a little clean up and work you get a much better machine.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#6 posted 11-16-2009 12:34 AM

I have this one. It’s ok, it does what it’s supposed to.I’m not real happy with the tool rest on the belt sander, it’s kinda cheap. The dust collection is good. If I had a do over, it would be a Delta or Jet. I’ve seen them on craigslist at a good price.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#7 posted 11-16-2009 02:23 AM

Hey it looks like you got a Menard’s near you in South Bend, I was just at one and they are closing out on Delta’s 31-695 6” belt 9” disc sander. This store had one left with the stand for $209 normally $295, that’s a decent deal.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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