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tefinn

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07-19-2013 08:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander vintage atlas

As the title asks, where can I get sanding belts for a vintage Atlas sander from around 1950? I’m looking to purchase this sander next week but I’m hesitant because of the non-standard belt size (4×37-3/4). So far the only resource I’ve found is http://www.customsandingbelts.com/ .

The sander is in perfect condition with all accessories and from the original owner. Much nicer than any similar sized sanders available new today.

Anybody else have one of these sanders and can suggest some other sources?

Thanks all!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.


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tefinn

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#1 posted 07-21-2013 02:52 PM

No one has an another source for me? I’d really like to get this sander but, I don’t want to depend on a single source for belts.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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tefinn

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#2 posted 07-21-2013 03:39 PM

Thanks James. That’s the one I found that’s listed in my OP. I’m looking for additional sources though. I don’t want to depend on only one source. If they close up, I’m stuck with a sander and no belts! There has to be other sources out there!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#3 posted 07-21-2013 03:47 PM

Are you 110% positive the size is 37.75, and not 38? Atlas tools were good back in the day and it’s hard to believe they’d have chosen some oddball size belt. That’s the kind of shenanigans today’s Craftsman would pull to lock you into buying their replacement parts, but back then they hadn’t thought of those tricks yet.

If the rollers on the end can open up to 38”, then there are 4×38 belts available:

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#4 posted 07-21-2013 04:05 PM

This guy makes his own sanding belts and shows how you can too. I haven’t tried his method, so I’m not speaking from experience. But it looks easy enough and I intend to try it when my stock of belts is used up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da1q6Z7L45A

Mike

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tefinn

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#5 posted 07-21-2013 04:11 PM

James101 – Don’t know why I didn’t think of Klingspor! We used their stuff when I worked for a tool & die shop. The other link looks promising also.

JustJoe – Completely positive on the size. You might be onto something with the 38” belts though. I might even be able to modify the roller adjustment if it doesn’t open enough.

As long as I have options for suppliers/sizes of the belts I think I’m definitly going to get the sander.

Thanks Guys!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 07-21-2013 04:13 PM

I’d bring a 38” belt and see if it fit. If it does, the purchase is a no brainer.

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tefinn

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#7 posted 07-21-2013 04:20 PM

Mike – I may try that also! Think of the cost savings if it works!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#8 posted 07-21-2013 04:30 PM

Todd – I don’t happen to have one on hand so I think I’m going to use a measuring tape like a tailor. I’ll just wrap it around the rollers when opened to their max.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#9 posted 07-21-2013 05:05 PM

I have increased the size of rollers on sanders by using the 3M anti slip peel and stick stuff.

I buy it by the foot at my True Value store and wind it on slightly spiral. It has held up fine. The black one is quite abrasive and aggressive; the gray one is softer and sticky rather than sandpaperish.

Kindly,

Lee

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