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05-08-2013 12:43 AM

Just picked this up at an auction for $50. I swore to myself no more machinery til I get the garage electrical remodel (waiting for electrical buddy to look over my work before calling inspector). But I could not pass this up. I did need a disc/belt sander. Was really leaning towards the $200 Ryobi oscillating sander. But this called my name out loud. I love the black cast iron, no plastic anywhere. I’ll have to get a motor for it. 1/4? 1/2HP? More HP = less slow bog down, right?
According to vintage machinery, this is early 1940’s Sears-Roebuck 103.0803. Gotta clean it up and make it all perty


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#1 posted 05-08-2013 01:07 AM

I have one similar to it, still waiting to be cleaned up.

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 01:15 AM

what motor do you have on it? I was thinking of “sharing” my 220v Jointer motor (a poor man’s version of a Shopsmith). But then, I never bought motors before so am at a loss at what motor for what machine.

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 01:16 AM

Looks awesome. Can’t wait to see the “after” pics!

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 02:25 AM

Holbs, I picked up a slightly more recent version of your sander. 6×48 with a 9” disk, right? Mine had a 3/4 hp motor and I’m happy with that but I wouldn’t want anything smaller.

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 02:29 AM

Oh, and it’s 3500 rpm with what looks like about a 1:1 pulley ratio.

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#6 posted 05-08-2013 02:44 AM

i’ll have to actually measure it. i figured i could find out exact info with the model #. but nope.
it has what looks to be a 9” disk. 6×48? almost looks 6”.. but more 32” long.

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#7 posted 05-08-2013 03:20 AM

So maybe 6×72 belt? Sweet.

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#8 posted 05-08-2013 03:22 AM

when you say 6×72… are you meaning 6”wide by 72”long?
oh no… not this thing. more like 6”wide 24”-32” long.

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#9 posted 05-08-2013 03:41 AM

I mean that would be the belt size you’d need. My belt bed is about 22 inches long but it takes a 48 inch belt.

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#10 posted 05-08-2013 03:43 AM

Great get…I love the old machinery too.

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#11 posted 05-08-2013 03:50 AM

mule… if you have something similiar… do you find it better than the $100 delta shopmaster china made stuff?
that is my hope in this: cast iron, metal EVERYTHING, with a robust foundation.

snowy: this reminds me of my great grandmother’s SINGER sewing machine :) the cast iron black (in spots that i see under the rust) look… beautiful. ancient history in that there iron

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#12 posted 05-08-2013 04:15 AM

Oh yeah! I’m really pleased with it. I got it on a fluke for 30 bucks. I’d looked at the plastic crap at HomeDepot and then quality stuff that ran about $400. I didn’t think the cheap stuff would satisfy me and I couldn’t pull the trigger on $400.

I have a table saw, jointer, planer – all solid cast iron veterans.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#13 posted 05-08-2013 04:33 AM

that link you sent…. you look to have something nearly identical to my workbench. and yea, our sander’s look to be the same dimensions. does your sander bog down?

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#14 posted 05-08-2013 05:00 AM

I can bog it down if I bear down on the workpiece but for my normal uses I couldn’t ask it to perform better. I thought yours looked about the same as mine. Measure axle to axle on the belt drums – if it’s 20 inches you’ll take a 48 inch belt.

I wish that work bench was mine. That’s one the gal I got the sander from had advertised on Craigs List for $100. Of course by the time I got there it was gone. The table saw in the picture is the same as mine except I have a upgraded fence. She was selling that for 75 bucks. I would have bought it for one of my son-in-laws but of course it was gone also. What I was after was the scroll saw which I later learned was a premium saw, 50 bucks for a saw that probably lists for 500+. Missed that by about 30 minutes. The sander was balm to my disappointments.

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#15 posted 05-09-2013 12:35 AM

yep… 9” disc x 24” long top bed (so 48” belt).
i like it already :)

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