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willie

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10-07-2012 05:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

About 30 years ago my dad retired, he was a general contractor, and had an auction to sell off his tools. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get any of them at the time. Several years later I met a guy that had bought a Millers-Falls belt sander at that auction. He passed away several years ago and yesterday I went to an auction of his tools. I bought back my dad’s belt sander. It was still in the metal box and didn’t look like it had been used since he bought it. This tool is in mint condition and looks and works great.

Now the bad part, it takes a 4”X21” belt. I have looked everywhere I know to find some and can’t find that size. Do they still make them and does anyone know where I can find them? I only have the one belt that is on it. I am planning on using this sander, not letting it sit in the box. It even has a dust collection bag on it. Not sure how old it is but I would think the 1960’s. It saw little use from my dad and has a lot of life left in it. I could use 3X21 belts if I have to but would rather not. Hopefully one of you will know where to find some belts. Thanks, Willie

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Gshepherd

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#1 posted 10-07-2012 05:30 PM

Try a company called Magnate, they make tons of router bits, I bought some things from them it is not that bad of stuff.

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#2 posted 10-07-2012 05:38 PM

Nice find…

check http://www.2sand.com/533/4x21-Everlast-Aluminum-Oxide-Sanding-Belts.html

or just do a google search for 4×21 sanding belt

lots of resources

-- Nicky

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SASmith

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#3 posted 10-07-2012 05:42 PM

This is where I get my sanding belts.

Here is another site with them.

And another

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willie

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#4 posted 10-07-2012 05:49 PM

Wow, you guys are good! In 23 minutes I now have four sources for belts that I couldn’t find after an hour of looking online myself. I should have asked you guys first! Thanks for all your help, Willie

As soon as I get some pictures, I’ll post them. It’s a great tool and should give me a workout handling all that weight. Not a lightweight like the new ones!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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Gshepherd

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#5 posted 10-07-2012 06:09 PM

I have a Kalamazoo USA built, they are built like a tank, just in case you need to shape the end of a rail road tie. .;-)

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MNgary

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#6 posted 10-07-2012 11:38 PM

Kingspor also has your belt size, cjwillie.

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 03:43 PM

Willie, I am sorry I cannot point you to the right direction. I just wanted to say that you are an honorable man trying to relive your dad’s legacy instead of buying something new. Hope that will be of good use to you as it served your dad well.

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beech

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 03:16 PM

cj – I was looking for some reviews on the Kalamazoo Belt Sander. Looking to make a big tool investment. I love that they are USA made.

I have been working with the great folks at aa abrasives.

I found them online. They are 3rd generation and really know their stuff.

They have everything I need including the belts you were looking for. Your story really gave me the push to make the purchase.

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Gshepherd

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 03:42 PM

Beech, the Kalamazoo is a floor model belt sander….. I bought mine about 4 years ago but do not know if they are still made in the u.s.a. I purchased a Clausing DP because it was U.S. made but think they have also started having the DP made across the pond….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Lee Barker

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 04:07 PM

Willie, do we get a pic of this treasure?

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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willie

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#11 posted 11-03-2012 03:12 AM

I’ll try to get some pictures posted this weekend. The beltsander works great, with the 25 year old belt that was on it. I found some belts locally and blew out 3 of them in less than 2 minutes. All three came apart at the seam. The ends of the belt are butted together and taped. The tape they use on the seam is garbage. The longest any of them lasted was about a minute. I’ll do a bit more research before I buy any more of those junk belts.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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willie

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#12 posted 11-06-2012 07:28 PM

!https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/md2

Here’s some pics of the belt sander, finally.

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