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Forum topic by BlankMan posted 10-25-2010 05:47 PM 2784 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BlankMan

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10-25-2010 05:47 PM

Was looking for a 1” or 2” belt sander and checked out all the usual manufacturers and places. Went looked at a few 1” x 30” ones but they were just a bit too small and looked really cheaply built. Checked out Delta, Grizzly, Enco, and the like and some got pricey and I just didn’t want to wait for shipping.

So I checked out Craigslist. There’s like 4 lists in Southeastern Wisconsin that I consider in driving distance. So I’m perusing through the lists and one catches my eye because it looks familiar. So I go back to Enco’s site and sure enough it’s their 1” x 42” unit that they sell for $200 and the guy’s asking $100. Decent if it’s in good shape. So I contact him and then call him and since it’s 40 miles away ask if the price is cast in concrete or is he negotiable before I drive out there.

Turns out he is and says he buys and sells machines and he’s got to get at least $85 out this one. So I drive out there, look at it, run it, test it to see if I could bog it down, and it’s lookin’ good. So after a bunch of shootin’ the shit and seeing all the other stuff he has for sale, I ask if he’d take $75 for it. Sold.

I’m thinking this is a border line gloat. Less then half price, no shipping cost (although I usually get free shipping for Enco regardless of the size and weight), and I didn’t have to wait.

Runs and tracks great too!

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI


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#1 posted 10-25-2010 06:15 PM

It certainly looks like you got your monies worth. Good for you.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#2 posted 10-25-2010 06:39 PM

nice seeing you again Curt!

thats quite a steal with the sander. what will you be using it for? sharpening? and how do you get free shipping from Enco (wondering minds want to know)?

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 10-25-2010 08:11 PM

Thanks Sharon.

I was thinking a belt sander like that would make it easier cleaning up welding, haven’t tried it yet though. I’ve always stick welded but not very well. I finally fired up my MIG welder I bought a few years ago over summer and found out MIG welding with a good Hobart auto darkening helmet (i.e. not the Harbor Freight I have) is much easier. After that It didn’t take long to learn how to put down a good bead. Currently making a bracket for a outdoor yard light. (See picture below. Cleaned that up with a 4-1/2” grinder.)

But I wouldn’t have ran out and bought a sander just for that, I expect to get some use for it in woodworking too.

As for Enco, I’m on their mailing list and they’ll sometimes email me the promo code. If not, I’m subscribed to two metal working lists, one for 9×20 lathes and one for milling. Between the two of them one always has somebody that posts the promo code for the month if not I ask and then someone has it and posts it.

I bought my vertical mill from them, with table feed, downfeed, 3 axis DRO, the whole nine yards, thing tipped the scale at over 800lbs. Free shipping. Same thing with my horizontal 7×12 metal saw, a mere 350lbs. but free shipping. Even when I place a small order for accessories or consumables I never pay shipping. If you need the promo code just ask.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#4 posted 10-25-2010 08:18 PM

A sander like this is a handy thing to have. Congratulations

Some of them (don’t know about this one) have the ability to do inside sanding. You thread the belt through the inside of an enclosed area and attach it to the wheels in a configuration that allows the belt to go up through the same opening. That is a very nice feature if you need to sand the inside of some scroll work.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 10-25-2010 09:22 PM

Thanks Curt, is that the yahoo 9×20 list (I just joined in a couple of weeks ago)?

I just got an Enco 9×20 lathe, which is where and how I spend my time in the past month:

I’ll check out Enco’s website for mailing lists, although I have found Grizzly to be cheaper and faster in general.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-26-2010 01:59 AM

I do believe that is the group, but I usually check and find the promo code in the mill_drill group.

You got the same lathe as me, cool, only mine is white and says Jet on it. Wouldn’t have mattered what color or brand it was that I got, they’re all the same lathe. I just happened to get a deal on the Jet with the stand for a grand at Woodworkers Depot in Green Bay so on a Saturday road trip to Packer Land and loaded it in my truck.

Faster? Enco and it’s parent MSC can’t get any faster for me. If I order something today and it’s in stock I’ll have it tomorrow UPS Ground. They’re in Indiana I believe so first hop hits Illinois and it’s on the truck for delivery next morning.

Haven’t checked out Grizzly but they carry all the tooling and inserts and accessories like Enco?

Nice turning. Is that anything in particular or just practicing?

I tell ya, having a mill and lathe helps in woodworking, the mill more the lathe. Couldn’t even tell ya how many jigs and template I made on the mill for use with a router, for one thing. With the DRO accuracy is right on and makes it easy to get ‘r done quickly.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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#7 posted 10-26-2010 04:37 AM

cool, I actually had to get some replacement parts- and ordered them through grizzly which was half price, and easier to order via website (enco told me I’d have to call in tech support to order replacement parts and quoted me twice the price Grizz did). but yeah – they are all the same lathe. I’m in the process of swapping out the AC motor with a variable speed DC motor (at the stage I need to figure out how to either move the pulleys over, or get a new set and mount the DC motor on)

the picture is of a cylindrical square that is used to set things at 90 (similar to a vertical angle bracket on a mill) or check for square (hence the picture with the double square being checked for square). it’s my first turning.

would love to have a mill at some point, but I figured at the moment I can make more things with the lathe than with the mill.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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