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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 04-03-2014 12:37 PM 3016 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-03-2014 12:37 PM

I’d like to get a combo disc and belt sander. I’d love an 8” wide belt, but I think they don’t exist, so I’ll settle for 6”.

I was wondering if anyone can tell me about dust collection for such an item. Is it best hooked up to a dust collector, or a shop vac?

I see this Grizzly has a port for the disc and the belt.

Unfortunately I don’t live anywhere near of their stores so I cant go and see one. I’m wondering if they are positioned in such a place where they are likely to be useful.

Or do I just want to get some kind of dust hood and position it over the top? This one is from Woodcraft.

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#1 posted 04-03-2014 01:37 PM

I think the only way to get an eight inch sander is on a large edge sander. I have a Harbor freight six inch belt sander that I like. It had no dust collection port so I make one of wood. The dust collector I have connected
to it now is a good one but some sanding dust does escape from the top of the sander. (I have the belt sander mounted vertically)

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#2 posted 04-03-2014 03:05 PM

I use my shop vac on my sanders because they have 2” ports and my dust collector has 4” ports. I don’t think you want to neck it down to a 2”. The vac does a very good job of collecting the dust. Like stated above, some still escapes through the top. That is why they have dust masks of various types, but that is a whole neither subject!

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#3 posted 04-03-2014 03:19 PM

I have a JET 12” disc / 6”x48” belt combination machine and when dust collection is connected it still slings dust everywhere. I’ve learned to just wear a mask and run my air cleaner. Some machines will no doubt be better than others for dust control. I would think that a dust collector would work better than a vacuum due to the higher air flow capturing more of the lightweight dust likely to float away.

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#4 posted 04-04-2014 02:54 AM

I have that Grizz you pictured (but with a shop made stand) and hook my big Ridgid Vac to the dust port. Dust collection from the belt is very good and fair+ to good on the disc.

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 03:31 AM

I looked at that sander when I was in the Grizzly store in MO.

What a sweet machine!

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#6 posted 04-04-2014 03:34 AM

I was also impressed by the G1183. Not sure about dust collection for the disc though.

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