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Forum topic by Kohola posted 02-28-2011 09:43 PM 2717 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-28-2011 09:43 PM

Hi. This is my first post. I am in the process of procuring parts to build a thickness sander and am looking for specifications and a suppliers for various parts. Right now, I’m looking for a DC conveyor motor. Any help much appreciated.


-- Tim

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 03:44 AM

Any corded electric drill will work fine. If a corded tool has brushes it will run on AC or DC, better on DC. You could also use a router or circular saw motor. The electric drill would be my choice because there are so many with variable speeds and the price is right.

-- Nils, So. Central MI. Wood is honest.Take the effort to understand what it has to tell you before you try to change it.

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 05:40 PM
This link is exactly what you are looking for, I am in the same design and procurement phase.
I have another lead on some motors to use also so contact if you need more info.

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 03:52 AM

Thanks guys, that is exactly what I was looking for. I called the guy at and bought a 12v 50 rpm motor from his ebay store. He was very helpful. The motor comes with a controller, and I have a power supply that should work. A bunch of other parts were ordered from surplus center – acme screws, nuts, sprockets, bearings, etc. There are a few more things to get, then I’ll start the build. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

-- Tim

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 05:18 AM

I’m with ya on this,
heres something also if you look at the liks on the bottom of the screen there should be more.
on either of these there should be more links or something to help. KEEP us posted or Me anyway.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 02:08 PM

Well it’s been a couple years… Just want to let you folks know my sander has been up and running for quite awhile. In fact, I’m on version 2, which I built to enable others to build a similar machine.

The first machine required a bit of welding and some other metal work that I eliminated in version 2. There is still some metal work that needs to be done – the hardest being putting shoulders on acme screws. There are some simple techniques to do that with a bench grinder.

I have pictures of it on my website – shigshop


-- Tim

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