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Forum topic by jerkylips posted 02-20-2018 07:45 PM 206 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-20-2018 07:45 PM

I’d like to get some sort of stationary sanding unit. Currently everything I have for sanding is hand-held. There are a lot of different types of units out there – belt sanders, disc sanders, oscillating sanders, drum sanders…then there are the combination units.

If someone (me) is looking to get ONE unit that manages most sanding needs, what type would be the best bet?

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#1 posted 02-20-2018 08:06 PM

What is best depends on what type of work you do. I never thought I needed one, so I couldn’t justify the expense of a disc/belt sander – but once I got one, I never realized how much I would use it.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 02-20-2018 08:40 PM

I have a 4×36 belt / 8” disc combination sander, a 1×30 belt / 5” disc combination sander and an OSS. The 1×30 was purchased mainly for metal work but has turned out to be handy as heck for lots of things.

The one I use the most is probably the 4×36 so if I were only going to have one, it would probably be that one. However, the 1×30 belt sanders are cheap and with the platen removed, the slack-belt can make sanding contoured things a lot easier and faster. In all honesty, I wouldn’t want to be without either one. I will however say this… I rarely use the disc portions of either sander.

I love my OSS when I need it too but it doesn’t see use nearly as often as the belt sanders. It is handy enough to earn it’s place in my shop though.

As far as what the best unit for most sanding needs is, I’d agree with Brad… it really depends a lot on what kind of work you do.

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

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#3 posted 02-20-2018 10:00 PM

I use my shop built 6×48” stationary belt sander almost every day I am in the shop. Disc sander would be nice to have but I can do 90% of what it does with a belt sander.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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Jim Finn

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#4 posted 02-20-2018 10:15 PM

I have two Harbor Freight 6”x 48” stationary belt sanders and I recommend them.($200) They have a 9” disc sander also but I never even installed that part. I find that disc sanders are too fast and burn the wood. This belt sander is the most used tool in my shop. There is no dust collection with this sander though. I made a dust collection fixture for each of them to connect to my dust collector system, with wood, but it was kinda’ tricky to design. Before getting this sander I had a Ryobi 4” stationary sander and it also worked well.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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