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Forum topic by AZWoody posted 08-30-2017 12:48 AM 225 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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AZWoody

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08-30-2017 12:48 AM

I never got to work in a production shop but it’s looking for a lot of what I’m doing, a stroke sander will make life a lot easier for me.

Is there anything I need to look for specifically when shopping for one? Grizzly has a few. Anything bad that stands out with them?

They look like pretty simple machines and I’m sure there’s an acquired touch in using them.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-186-3-HP-220V-Stroke-Sander/G0679?utm_campaign=zPage&utm_source=grizzly.com

I do like that this one can convert to an edge sander. I have one but I want one that gives me more capacity.


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#1 posted 08-30-2017 01:01 AM

I used one for many years in the 70’s. It takes some skill to use one correctly but it’s not hard to learn it. With the right belt it can remove material in a hurry. Dust collection is horrible on them, and by today standards I would not consider them particularly safe machines (at least in the configuration I used- you had to reach inside the belt with a paddle sort of deal to press the belt to the workpiece. The Griz arrangement looks slightly safer).

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#2 posted 08-30-2017 01:34 AM

They go real cheap at auctions due to their
size I suppose. Useful machines. I think the
design quirks have pretty much been worked
out. Woodworkers Supply also sells them
badged Woodtek.

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#3 posted 08-30-2017 03:01 AM



They go real cheap at auctions due to their
size I suppose. Useful machines. I think the
design quirks have pretty much been worked
out. Woodworkers Supply also sells them
badged Woodtek.

- Loren

I never noticed them on some of the auctions but I probably was not paying attention. I’m definitely not averse to getting a used machine especially one that seems to be rather simple and easy to fix if something is wrong.

I did look at ebay once but the used ones I saw looked either homemade or pretty trashed.

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