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Forum topic by MLK posted 1122 days ago 1072 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MLK

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1122 days ago

Today I purchased Craftsman 36” Belt and 6” Disc Sander. When I took it out of the box and started to assemble it the first thing I ran into was a striped screw, on closer inspection I found all the guards and miter gauge were made out of plastic. So I put it back in the box and was going to bring tomorrow, Ok then I thought maybe I’m expecting too much for $149.00. So I thought I would check to see if any of you have one of these sanders and if so what you think of it.


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#1 posted 1121 days ago

cr1 thanks, I took back today. I stopped at Loews and they had a Porter Cable 8” disc 36” belt for $179.00 les 5% haven’t taken it out of the box yet. The only think I worry about is stopping while sanding because it’s only a 5 amp motor that translate to about 1/3 horse power

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#2 posted 1121 days ago

Plastic guards are okay but not miter gauges. It is good that you bought a Porter Cable sander. If you don’t hog off a lot, a 1/3hp ought to work out fine. I think that is what is on the one I made using a 4×36 belt. I can stall it if I really bear down an piece of wood but it cuts so good, I don’t need to do that. I just take it gradually. I have to add more crown to my top roller because the belt drifts a lot and I have to do a lot of adjusting. I think adding nylock nuts to the adjusters might help too. If they vibrate and move, that will cause the belt to wander.

That belt sander is invaluable in my shop especially for curve work. I use it all the time.

Enjoy your new tool!!!!!!...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 1121 days ago

Porter Cable makes great tools. I have seen that one at Lowes, and it has all metal which is nice….
I find a 3/4 to 1 hp motor is best for sanders.

Sears tools are junk know, they are made so cheap, and they have way to much plastic on them.
I’m sticking with Delta Machinery, They make there machines with Metal, like a machine should be made out of.

Thanks, Michael Frey
Portland, OR’

FREY WOODWORKING INC.

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#4 posted 1121 days ago

I got the Porter Cable out of the box; it took about 10 min. to get it running. The belt adjusted just mine I used it for about an hour the belt stayed adjusted so far so good.

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