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tealetm

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03-25-2016 01:04 PM

Hi all- I’m finally putting together my woodshop/workshop to get started on some projects. Its an small old barn in poor shape which I’ve dedicated a 16×16’ area. I’ve laid some plywood to smooth the floor and have installed great overhead lighting. Outlets and setup are next. I have an old craftsman 10” saw with a large cast top that works quite well for my needs.

But anyway, I’m going to grab this Delta/Rockwell sander and wanted to get your take on it. I saved it from the scrap yard several years ago while helping clean out a friends family furniture making shop. There was no motor at the time, and my late father put the motor in it but never really used it. Thoughts? Whats a good supplier for disks and belts? I don’t suppose anybody knows the sizes off the top of their heads do they? Is the motor adequate at 1/4hp? What grits do you mostly utillize? (note: the miter gauge does not go with the sander). I’m excited about adding this to my shop.

And next up is a Dunlop/Sears bandsaw which I don’t know the source and have never used it other than turning it on yesterday and cutting a board just for the heck of it. I’m not sure that any of hte projects I have planned will require a bandsaw so I’m not sure if its worth getting and taking up shop floor space. It needs adjustment for sure, it cut at a bout a 30degree angle but the blade was very loose and I didn’t fool with it. Thoughts on the setup? Motor size of 1/2hp?


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Gentile

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#1 posted 03-25-2016 02:48 PM

Keep the sander and the bandsaw.
The sander appears to be a 6”x48” belt, the disc, no idea…
I get my belts at Harbor Fright, 80 grit. I use it mostly for grinding stuff and rough sanding.
The bandsaw is a classic, I’d want to get it running. It’ll be good for cutting small stuff…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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tealetm

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#2 posted 03-25-2016 03:06 PM

Thanks for the advise. I’ll just measure the disc this weekend. The belt- I’m assuming a 6”x48” means 6” wide and 48” in length (if you were to cut it and lay it out)?

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#3 posted 03-25-2016 03:16 PM



Thanks for the advise. I ll just measure the disc this weekend. The belt- I m assuming a 6”x48” means 6” wide and 48” in length (if you were to cut it and lay it out)?

- tealetm


You got it on the belt, just measure the diameter of the disc.

-- Knowledge and experience equals Wisdom, Michael Frankowski

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#4 posted 03-25-2016 04:13 PM

Definitely keep the sander. One of my most used tools. As far as motor goes I think you’ll need at least a 1 hp.(preferably even larger). I took the 1/2 off mine and replaced with a 3/4 I had but am not satisfied with the power. It’s fine for smalls l and the disk but if you try to sand any boards that take up most of the real estate of your belt you’ll bog er down quick. Looks built hell for stout though. 80 or 100 grit is all you need as its for rough work mostly.

I couldn’t live without a well tuned/powered bandsaw. That said not sure yours would make the cut or not for me, but, if you have room, keep the band saw and dedicate it to a 1/8” blade for curve work.

If your broke like I always am, swap the motors around.
Good luck,

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#5 posted 09-27-2016 11:09 AM

Hi all- I’m reviving this thread instead of starting a new one. I’ve been using the sander and it’s great. However, I do have the opportunity to get a used 1.25 HP motor that should fit it. Would this be too big?

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tealetm

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#6 posted 09-27-2016 01:26 PM

Please disregard my last post (I can no longer delete it).

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