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Forum topic by Tom posted 05-13-2016 03:46 AM 864 views 0 times favorited 26 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-13-2016 03:46 AM

I get the HF emails and they usually have coupons for stuff. This week they have their 6” disk sander/belt sander combo for $60. I’ve got a Ridgid belt/spindle sander already (Thx Craigslist) but I don’t have a disk sander. I’ve thought about making one…but don’t have the best luck with projects like that. Anyone have/use one? I don’t need it..but don’t like to pass up a good deal.

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 04:23 AM

To be honest, a 6” disc sander is of limited use. I wouldn’t spend $60 on one. They are so easy to build and there are so many guides to building them that you should have no problem with it. Make it at least 9”, 12” is better.


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#2 posted 05-13-2016 05:47 AM

Where do you buy the 9” or 12” disc?
I do mean the metal disc, not the paper that goes on it.

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#3 posted 05-13-2016 06:03 AM

The center of a disc sander is pretty useless since it’s barely moving compared to the edge of the wheel. Also, one side of the wheel is traveling up which tends to push parts off the sanding table and makes control more difficult. Between these two quirks of disc sanders, less than half the disc can be used effectively.

So a 6” sander provides about 2.5” of sanding surface.

-- See my work at and

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#4 posted 05-13-2016 11:55 AM

I have the unit. Bought.for the.same reason, cheap. I would not waste your money. Way underpowered almost useless on hard wood.

-- Gary, Central Illinois

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#5 posted 05-13-2016 12:17 PM

I have that unit, but to be honest the disk portion is essentially useless. As others have stated you only get about 2.5” of usable sanding surface and the table that comes with it is so unreliable. Not to mention, the one that I got the disk isn’t really flat. If you do decide to go with it I would suggest you put some velcro on the disk to make swapping out sanding disk a whole lot easier. I’ve found that the belt portion of it works well, but a major pain to swap belts because you have to take all the guards off.

-- --Zach

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 12:30 PM

After hearing this…I’ll hold off on getting one. I’ve seen people make them using a drill for power and some people used old electric motors. Maybe this will become a future project unless I find one on Craigslist cheap.

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#7 posted 05-14-2016 02:15 AM

I have one that I can’t wait to get rid of. The forward roller is higher than the belt bed so you can’t sand anything that is longer than the Center of the belt and I can’t find any way to adjust it. It is worthless to me.

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#8 posted 05-14-2016 04:05 AM

If anyone is interested in the 6×48 with 9” disc I have one that I bought a couple months back only because I was in a tight and hoped it would do until I had time to get something better.
Very nice surprise! It is great! Very smooth running, long platen, and good power. Cons, switch was in an odd place ( not any more) and the disc table is a little light but works okay. I think it was $120 or so with the 20% off.

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#9 posted 05-14-2016 11:52 AM

I have two Harbor freight 6” x 48” stationary belt sanders that come with a nine inch disc sander. Easy belt changes and good tracking. In my experience a disc sander is a waste of time. They spin way too fast and burn everything. I did not even install them while assembling my sanders. Anything I thought a disc sander would be used for I do with the belt sander. I assembled mine with the belt mounted in the vertical position. I made a dust collection “hood” for it (tricky to figure out) hooked to my dust collector. This is the most used piece of equipment in my shop.

P.S. Be sure to get one of those “erasers” to clean up the belt. They will lengthen belt life by a factor of more than ten!

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#10 posted 05-14-2016 12:20 PM

I’m with the rest^. I have a belt disk combo sander I bought at auction 3 or 4 months ago. I haven’t used the disk yet.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 05-14-2016 01:08 PM

I bought my HF disk/belt sander about a year ago, and have had real good luck with it. I’ve used it quite a bit and am happy for the investment made.
I have a youtube review at the link below, if you want to watch.

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#12 posted 05-14-2016 04:37 PM

So i gather that nobody has advice on where I can buy a 9” disc.

But many do suggest it would be a waster if I did that … !
Oh, well.

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#13 posted 05-14-2016 05:06 PM

So i gather that nobody has advice on where I can buy a 9” disc.
- jimintx

Where have you checked so far? You can buy 10” discs for table saws. Most woodworkers make wood discs for homemade sanders. There are companies that sell metal discs because I’ve watched YT videos of builds but don’t remember off the top of my head where they go them. I’d have to do a google search and you can do that yourself.


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#14 posted 05-14-2016 05:30 PM

A 6” disc sander is too small for any but the smallest hobby craft work. I have been thinking about the HF $60 sander because in my case, I do a lot of small parts for my train hobby. I find the large machines I now have are a bit too large for the work I do. That HF sander would be the ideal size for me. I saw a U-tube video of a guy who started with that HF sander, took it apart and made it into a $150 dragon slayer. Some HF tools are diamonds in the rough if you know how to rework them.

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#15 posted 05-14-2016 06:25 PM

Where have you checked so far? ...
I d have to do a google search and you can do that yourself.
- Rick M.

Totally correct, I can google, and I actually do a fair amount of that in my profession, which requires extensive internet research.
But despite my renown search skills ;-D,
I cannot find a 9” metal disc, that is for attaching to a driven shaft, and ten applying sanding discs.

One factor that clogs up the search is that we call the sand paper circles “discs” and we call the metal behind them a “disc” as well. I found one on eBay a while back, and it was already sold. The other noise factor is that a fair number of rubber discs are available for use in a power drill, and they aren’t the real subject of the search.

I will stay on the lookout and keep hunting, though.

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