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Forum topic by Gene Howe posted 06-08-2011 03:25 PM 883 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Gene Howe

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06-08-2011 03:25 PM

Dakremer’s post sander seriously intrigued me. So today, I’m picking up a treadmill to convert into a belt sander.
I’m getting it from a lady who bought it 3 years ago and then moved to a home “off grid”.
The utube video mentions a granite slab for a platen. I wonder if wood (or something else) would work. Any ideas out there?
Stay tuned.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton


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#1 posted 06-08-2011 03:58 PM

For a dead flat surface I use postform tops. You should be able to get as large or small as you would want at a home center from their damaged or flawed stock. With time, they will not hold true, but with good support I’ve found them to be easily handled and stored for the sporadic use for a long time. No doubt, granite would be best if you have the space and budget.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 06-09-2011 12:03 AM

Well, I got it. It’s DC, has tensioning springs and an alignment lever (I think).
Still in the back of the truck but I measured the roller width at 16 1/2” and the belt is probably 48”. The whole unit is 60” long. I gotta get the head off to get an accurate measurement.
The plate it’s running on is that phenolic covered 3/4 ply. If it’s still flat, I may use it.
Added bonus: I can check the wood’s pulse rate and blood pressure.
Here’s where I can buy the belts
Belts

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 06-10-2011 02:49 PM

Well, Wife and I unloaded it from the truck and wheeled it into the shop.
As soon as I finish up the mirrors and get them sent off, I’ll be tearing the treadmill down to the essentials and building a stand. I have around 80’ of 2X4 steel tube that will make a nice stand.
I’ll post beginning pics as soon as I get it all torn down.
BTW, I checked with the supplier I linked above. Estimated cost of the belts I need is only $30.00. That’s good news!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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