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Forum topic by Brickman posted 07-12-2012 04:39 PM 3807 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2012 04:39 PM

I was wondering what the opinion would be of using my table saw for sanding. I was looking around some sites today and came across Infinity Tools sanding disk for table saws. Table saw sanding disk

This got me thinking as I have a Grizzly 1023z and it would save valuable space in my shop. Anyone see any problems with this? I would have a huge tabletop surface and it already has dust collection hooked to it. Plus a 3HP motor. Only concern might be arbor bearings and such. So what do you think?


-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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#1 posted 07-12-2012 04:54 PM

I have a sanding disc that you can buy. Also use it for set-up, and has some extra sanding paper. Just don’t use it. PM if you’re interested. $15.00 + shipping.


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#2 posted 07-12-2012 04:54 PM

I’m concerned that your TS will be spinning at a much faster speed than is optimal for sanding. I have variable speed on my disk sander and speeds of about 1000 rpm just feel right. Your TS is probably spinning between 3500 and 4500 rpm. Too fast.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 07-12-2012 05:01 PM

I’ve done it and I don’t use it too much unless there is absolutely no other way. For one it is a pain to replace the saw blade and sanding disc every time you to sand or cut wood. Then the speed is way too fast for optimal sanding. But I do use it on occasion, it is good to have options.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 07-12-2012 05:16 PM

I have a 10” Craftsman Table Saw and I have a 10” disc sanding “blade” bought from Sears. Works terrific! Give me a large work surface and both sides of the “blade” have different grit sandpaper.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 07-12-2012 11:07 PM

Same as Brianinpa except mine is a 9” Craftsman bench saw with a 9” disc. One side is totaly flat and the other has a slight taper/ I use only the flat side and it works fine. The dc hooked to the saw catches most of the dust. Psa discs can be a booger to remome so I use a heat gun when it’s time to change. Comes right off. Highly recommend.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 12:22 AM

I am not a fan of them, tool little room to sand (small disc and low height) and it spind WAY to fast for a sander.

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#7 posted 07-13-2012 02:21 AM

I’ve been looking at the Ridgid Sanding Wheel for a while now, but I haven’t needed it yet. Looks like the price has gone down a little. They are a lot cheaper. I don’t know if they work as well as the pricey ones. -Jack

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#8 posted 07-13-2012 03:49 AM

Might come in handy for a specific job but I would not use it as my main disc sander for reasons already stated.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 07-13-2012 12:30 PM

Wouldn’t this be the same reason not to use a drill press as a sander. Putting force on the blade in a direction that is unintended?

-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#10 posted 07-13-2012 01:02 PM

I’ve seen these things and for some reason that I can’t define by science, it just seems like a really bad idea. Does it stress the arbor applying pressure from the side? How fast is that sucker spinning? What happens if something gets sucked down in there? Do you need to make a special ZCI?
Like I said, I don’t know.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 07-13-2012 05:16 PM

I bought a sanding disk from Woodcraft. I use it a lot; limited to size of the wood, though. It has proven to be very handy. I even made a “jig” out of a piece of 1X2, drilled two holes in it and hold it down on the TS top with screws, washers and wingnuts. I square it up and sand away!

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#12 posted 07-13-2012 05:40 PM

Has anyone tried out that sandpaper that attaches to the sides of your blade? Cut and sand at the same time..


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#13 posted 07-13-2012 06:04 PM

I am not a fan of using my table saw for anything other than it’s intent, cutting wood. I have a sanding disk, scared to death of it, I also bought a ceramic tile cutting blade, both now sit in a drawyer and are never used, I used them once and am scared to death of them. The rpm’s of the saw are way too fast. Be careful if you want to try. A blade manufacturer produced a blade with sandpaper discs stuck on each side of a blade, it wasn’t on the market too long before it was discontinued, it was theoretically designed to sand both sides of a piece of wood to make it easier to join to another for gluing. I now use a “glue line blade” for this, great results.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#14 posted 07-13-2012 07:51 PM

Thanks for all of the replies. It sounded intriguing but I forgot about the RPM’s being so high. Plus this way I can justify to my wife the need for a dedicated sander. Thanks.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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#15 posted 08-24-2015 05:42 PM

I make boxes and bought one not too long ago. For my work, I’m finding it a necessity. I bought the WoodTec tapered sanding disk and love the taper for my work… can do things I couldn’t with a straight disk. A lot of my boxes have tapered sides and/or ends so having the piece between the disk and the tablesaw fence is real handy. Boxes require precision on small pieces so this works great for me. One disadvantage for the average woodworker would be the size of the sanding area. But, that said, if you make small boxes like I do, it’s great and versatile.

-- Jim, Colorado

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