HF 12" Disc Sander -- Anybody have one?

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01-02-2014 01:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question disc sander harbor freight

I’m thinking about adding a 12” disc sander to the shop TO&E … specifically the Harbor Freight 12” Disc Sander:

Does anyone have this sander? If so, I would appreciate any feedback you can offer.

The reviews on HF’s website are generally positive … several comments about the aluminum table, etc.

Like any other HF tool it may be a hit and miss proposition.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 01:41 AM

I’ve had the 10” HF sander for about 4 years now. It’s worked alright but I’m hoping to upgrade to a Belt/Disc combo in the near future.
The bevel gauge isn’t very accurate; I found myself setting the angles with a square instead for the extra accuracy but once it gets going, it runs fairly straight and smooth. Power is sufficient.
My only real gripe is that the knobs that lock the bevel broke about 3 mo’s in. The plastic just crumbled apart. This left a metal nut that I now lock in place with a pair of vice grips. It’s kind of a pain but not bad enough for me to throw it out quite yet.
For the price, it’s not bad but I’m quickly looking for something a little easier to use.

-- -MDWhite

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 01:47 AM

4.5 rating for 27 customers is pretty good indication is not a lemon, and it’s on sale
for 134.99.

Looking forward to what others have to say.

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 02:01 AM

I’ve had one about 3 years. At the time I got mine they had two versions. I got the more expensive one and with a coupon I think I paid about $100.
It is very nice and I use it all the time.
It’s set up right next to my miter saw and I use it to touch up miters.

I would have preferred the Rikon with the cast iron table and the disk brake, but the best price I ever saw on it was $199.

A very good accessory to get with this sander is one of those big gum rubber cleaning blocks they sell at HF also.
Greatly reduces the frequency of changing sanding disks.

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#4 posted 01-02-2014 02:36 AM

I have the black and green one. Works good. How ever, open the box there and check to make sure that the table isn’t warped or broken. I took the first one back for a broken table. I had them open boxes until I found a good table. One table was warped another one was also broken. The forth one was good.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#5 posted 01-02-2014 03:31 AM

Personally, I’d recommend checking CL for a combo belt Disc sander. I recently bought a Sears Industrial model 6×48” belt with a 10” disc sander combo for $100 from CL. It sells new for Over $300 and this one only needed some work on the switch. Had it running like new in 30 minutes.

-- Still got all my Fingers!!!

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#6 posted 01-02-2014 02:55 PM

I have one and love it. My review is here:

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#7 posted 01-02-2014 03:06 PM

TaybulSawz—I have a belt/disc combo machine. The disc is not suitable for sanding rings for segmented bowls and vessels, which is why I am looking for a 12” standalone unit. I should have mentioned that in my original post.

TDSpade—Good advice … thanks!

crank49—Yup … I have a couple of the HF Sanding Belt Cleaners that I use on my belt, disc, and RO sanders. I even use them on the belts on my drum sander.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 01-02-2014 03:27 PM

Gerry,I have a similar sander as HF,up here in Canada,the paint is different but it is essentially the same sander.

It is an excellent addition to any woodworking shop,use it often and have no regrets,one thing I did was to add a couple of star washers to the bolts that attach the table to the body,these washers made the table sturdier since I can tighten the bolts better and now the table stays 90° firmly and will not loosen up with moderate pressure or with vibration.

I also converted the sanding disk to hook and loop but you make that decision if you find it might help,
My disk sander is always attached to a shop vac so when I use it I just switch the vac on to get rid of the fine dust .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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