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Forum topic by diverlloyd posted 08-04-2014 06:24 PM 979 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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diverlloyd

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08-04-2014 06:24 PM

So does anyone have experience with the harbor freight sanding belts. I have a gift card from there and can’t find anything to use it on. 3”x18” belts would be what I would buy and only use the belt sander about once or twice a year.


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#1 posted 08-04-2014 06:33 PM

They break pretty easily. I switched over to Diablo belts and they have been great.

There’s plenty of other good things at HF to spend the gift card on.

Do you need clamps? These are all very good for the price. I use them all quite a bit:
http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-quarter-inch-pipe-clamp-with-base-94053.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-inch-bar-clamp-96214.html
http://www.harborfreight.com/heavy-duty-ratchet-bar-clamp-spreader-95027.html

Do not get the cheaper black/grey quick grip clamps. Those will snap way too easily.

You could also get the anti-fatigue mats to stand on in front of a workbench/table saw.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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BilltheDiver

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#2 posted 08-04-2014 06:35 PM

Bought a batch once. Never again. The glue joint would fail after no time at all.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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Fred Hargis

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#3 posted 08-04-2014 06:38 PM

They are crap, at least the few I bought were. Worse, even good quality belts don’t keep forever, the glue holding the belts tends to fail…so even with good belts I only buy ones I’ll be using relatively soon (at least within a year or two).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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diverlloyd

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#4 posted 08-04-2014 06:42 PM

Clamps you never have to many clamps I’m just waiting on the ones I want to go on sale. The big lots by my house closed and I got mats there a 5 pack of interlocking 2’x2’ for a dollar loaded up on them. I have had no luck with the diablo I just threw away ten of them. Thanks for the reply guys I will be going elsewhere for a couple of belts.

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bandit571

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#5 posted 08-04-2014 06:47 PM

Got one ON the sander right now, and one on the 1” x 30” sander as well. The 3” x 21” I bought has a thump when the joint goes by, other than that, no real problems. Also, I buy the RED belts, rather than those black ones. had better luck with the red belts.

BTW: have yet to have one come apart…......

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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diverlloyd

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#6 posted 08-04-2014 06:54 PM

Thanks bandit

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English

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#7 posted 08-04-2014 07:48 PM

I’ve been using their 6” x 48” belts on my Craftsman disk/belt sander for several years, they have worked great I have had no separations.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 08-04-2014 07:57 PM

I tried those ratcheting bar clamps

Some fail after a couple squeezes ;-(

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 08-04-2014 08:45 PM

Not sure which ones you bought, topamax, but mine have been awesome. The little ones suck, but the large red/black ones are extremely good.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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MrUnix

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#10 posted 08-04-2014 08:56 PM

Like John, I’m using their 6×48’s and they work just fine for my occassional use.. I’m also using their self adhesive 10” sanding discs. Never had one separate except for once when I had a bit of a mishap and ripped a chunk out of the belt. A five pack on sale combined with a 25% off coupon gets them cheaper than a single belt at one of the big box stores. They may wear out faster (although I have not noticed, and using a belt cleaner will prolong their life greatly), IMHO it still works out cheaper in the long run.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#11 posted 08-04-2014 10:10 PM

They were fairly small black and orange.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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diverlloyd

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#12 posted 08-04-2014 10:20 PM

topa the only good squeeze ones are the red and black heavy duty ones, I tried to break thre red ones while at the store with no luck.. the orange and the gray ones are junk the screw type bar clamps are nice.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#13 posted 08-05-2014 12:10 AM

I just got a few to try one day. I learned fast ;-) That scared me off the good ones. I might try them if I need some more bigger ones.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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diverlloyd

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#14 posted 08-05-2014 12:31 AM

Yeah I bought some of the gray ones broke them all and had a bad time returning them. So I called the corporate and district manager so one sent me four new ones and the other the gift card. The store also let me exchange them for the screw bar clamps. They are a lot better.

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#15 posted 08-05-2014 02:13 AM



They were fairly small black and orange.

- TopamaxSurvivor

Yeah, you have to get the exact ones I linked to. They are red and black and only come in 24” and 36” sizes. All the other ones are garbage. They aren’t worth the plastic they are made out of.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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