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Forum topic by namrufmot posted 02-07-2016 09:12 PM 475 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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namrufmot

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02-07-2016 09:12 PM

Found an old gentleman selling a vintage Atlas 5010 Sander….aside from the slightly odd belt size (4” x 37 1/4”) what are everyone’s opinions?

How much is it worth?


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#1 posted 02-07-2016 09:57 PM

I have an older Craftsman 6×48 sander with bronze bushings that cost me $2.50 plus I had to scrounge a motor. I saw a Walker Turner on CL today for $250 (!). I’d say the value is somewhere between the two.

Atlas is a quality tool but unless you can find belts easily you may want to pass. At the very least if you have to order custom belts use it as a bargaining chip.

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#2 posted 02-07-2016 10:30 PM

Thanks I already looked at custom belt sites and yet can be made for $4.38 a piece…and I won’t be using it all that much…I think I’ll offer him $125

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#3 posted 02-07-2016 11:16 PM

Even if you pay that much Atlas tools are so overbuilt it’ll outlast both of us. Well, me anyway.

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#4 posted 02-10-2016 01:36 AM

This dude is more shrewd than an Arab salesman…he’s asking $200! I think I could possibly get him down to $175-180. At that price should I even be considering it? I’ve been hunting CL for months and only find older craftsmans for around 150…

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#5 posted 02-10-2016 01:40 AM

I mean these are my alternatives.. :(

http://boston.craigslist.org/nos/tls/5434415217.html

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#6 posted 02-10-2016 02:28 AM

Are you in love with it? If so, buy it and never look back. If not, give the guy your number and tell him to call if he reconsiders. Maybe wave $150 under his nose and if he doesn’t take it, walk away. Don’t get too hung up on price, that thing will outlive you and me both.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#7 posted 02-10-2016 02:41 AM

Point out the custom belts, and let him sit, who talks first pays/sells for that price.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#8 posted 02-10-2016 11:53 PM

Ok so we agreed on $180…little more than I wanted but CL has been dry and the crap one at Harbor Freight sells for more…

Going to go fire it up and test it this weekend.

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#9 posted 02-11-2016 01:59 AM

The only thing about obscure sanding belt sizes is they usually have to be special ordered. A little more expensive, but some belt splicers won’t charge alot more for special sizes. I have a 6” x 80” edge sander and checking the usual suspects, most of the belts were a little over $9.00 each. A quick check on Amazon showed several two packs that were open box items for $2.33 ($1.17/belt) in 80 grit. I bought all they had as another such deal is very unlikely to materialize again. The machine is just the vehicle with which to burn through consumables an Atlas should last you a very long time.

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