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Forum topic by Beatnik posted 07-26-2014 09:17 PM 517 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2014 09:17 PM

Kind of hard to describe, but I’ll give it a shot. Looking for a 3×21 sander that the whole roller/belt assembly is separate from the housing/motor and could be removed as a working assembly ? New or old doesn’t matter.


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#1 posted 07-26-2014 09:22 PM

Never heard of one, get one with a bad motor and take a hacksaw to it

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 01:15 AM

Yeah, that’s probably what I’ll do, but maybe there’s one out there ?

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#3 posted 07-27-2014 03:21 AM

They are all separate from the housing and motor, it just depends on how much work your looking for and what your planning on using it on. Almost everything can be taken apart and repurposed if your so mechanically inclined to do so.

Paul

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#4 posted 07-27-2014 06:52 AM

Search ebay for “belt sander for parts” and you’ll turn
up some in pieces and from that may be able to assess
which sort of model would be a good bet to get the
parts you want.

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#5 posted 07-27-2014 02:18 PM

Thanks, I’m going to keep a watch on ebay parts and see what shows up. There has to be one that the belt/roller assembly didn’t rely on the housing at all, maybe not ? I’d like to make a table mounted 3×21 edge sander set up like a spindle sander with a full table around it.

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 02:44 PM

There’s only a platen on one side, you know, right?

You can take the part off a 4×36 or larger benchtop
belt sander and because of the way those units
attach to the motor you shouldn’t have too much
trouble making an edge sander from it. You’ll still
have a platen on one side only unless you modify it.

There’s an article by Roger Heitzman in FWW on
converting a belt sander to an edge sander.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 03:33 PM

Shop Fox makes a 4×36 w1717, but that is bigger than I’d like. Rigid makes a 4×24 but it looks to be all plastic.

About the platen. I’m wanting to add one that has a slight outward curve that would slope into the existing wheels. This is for an operation I do at work on a 3” drum that would be much easier on something like this.

So far Hitachi makes the best bet for not to much chop and cut. It even hangs the drive pulley out where I can get to it.

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 03:46 PM

The Ridgid spindle / edge Sander is a pretty decent machine,it would be the easiest way to get what you want but making the platen curved would effectively require the belt to be longer, maybe the spring tension would accommodate it, it would depend on how drastic a curve your looking for

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Beatnik

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#9 posted 07-27-2014 04:27 PM

Not real drastic, just like to be able to sand an ovals inside radius in the flatter areas without having to use a tiny drum. This is a concept that might not happen, but would be nice.

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#10 posted 07-27-2014 05:37 PM

Right now I do them on this. It gets to be a pain, wants to dig in and chatter, on the straighter areas.

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#11 posted 07-27-2014 05:43 PM

You know about template sanding drums?

I have one, it’s a cool idea but it’s as slow as
any other non-oscillating drum.

Sure, a belt sander is gonna be faster.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#12 posted 07-27-2014 05:53 PM

But then I have to make a template and everything I build is usually a one off. Speed I can deal with though, I’m not in a hurry. Just cut close with the hand held jig saw and sand to the line with the drum. Here’s what I’d like.

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#13 posted 07-27-2014 06:20 PM

People used to make belt and stroke sanders with wooden
wheels and idlers. The machines are not that complex
and you could have a larger difference in drive drum/
idler drum diameters.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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