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Forum topic by Rob posted 12-27-2014 12:39 PM 1016 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-27-2014 12:39 PM

I have a Ridged Belt/Spindle Sander but recently I have been looking at adding a benchtop 6 inch Belt/10” Disc Sander to my arsenal. The reason is to sand larger Band Saw Boxes that the Ridged sander just isn’t big enough to accomplish easily. A wider belt is really what I’m looking for to accomplish this task. To justify the purchase, I’d like to use it for more than just that. For those of you that have one and use it, what things do you use yours for? Thanks.

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#1 posted 12-27-2014 01:10 PM

I have the same Ridgid, and use it often. About 3 years ago i picked up an older Craftsman belt (6” x 48”) disk (9”) off CL for $35. It’ll hog through a lot of material quickly on the belt, and i use the disk a lot for rounding corners of boxes. Odd side benefit is that i keep a pretty coarse belt on so i often walk over with small pieces and knock off a little of the corner by just running it back and forth on the belt surface without turning the machine on. I do the same thing with spline stock to tune it to fit well. I don’t find myself using it enough to justify buying one at brand new money, but it sure is handy on a regular basis.

edit to add—if you do buy one, don’t buy a large number of belts unless you’re in production. I don’t know what the life of the glue joint is but i have a lifetime supply of scrap belts to turn into sanding blocks—about 20 belts came with the machine, not one of which is still glued together. One of those things that may not be economical to stock up on!!


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#2 posted 12-27-2014 02:34 PM

Exactly the same thing you are proposing. I sell quite a few bandsaw boxes, and for the larger ones, especially Tree of Life, I use the 6X48 unit. Many. many times I have found that the Rigid is just not high enough to sand the flat, even with the oscillations.

Still, that being said, I have had a Rigid Belt/Spindle sander in my shop for 13 years. I just bought a new one, as the old one finally started to stall out with heavier pieces after twelve years of almost daily use. Sold it on CL for $75 and bought a new one. I never change off the belt. I have two Harbor Freight spindle sanders, (the old style with the egg shaped table like the ones at Woodcraft – not the new ones that really suck) and I use them for spindle work.

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#3 posted 12-27-2014 02:49 PM

I make and sell a LOT of boxes. Mine are flat on all sides. I have a Harbor Freight six inch wide stationary belt sander and it is the most used tool in my shop. I bought it in 2010. It works well so I bought another in 2014 and put a finer grit belt on this one. It is convenient having two sanders. I did not even install the nine inch disk sanders they come with. Only cost $200 each but they track well and just keep on running.

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#4 posted 12-27-2014 03:33 PM

I use my Ridgid Belt/Spindle sander a lot. So much so that I have a brand new, still in the box spare for when the one I use finally quits on me. I’m hoping I don’t have to use the spare for a few more years lol. But it sounds like a Belt/Disc sander is worth it even if all it gets used for is sanding band saw boxes. I don’t do any craft shows or sell a lot right now but my wife and I do plan on doing that once we retire (2 more years for me, 3 more for my wife). In the meantime, my plan is to build up stock and buy all of the necessary things over the next couple of years that will be necessary to start doing the craft show thing while money is more free flowing than it will be in retirement. We are also campers and enjoy taking our 30ft. camper different places so unlike most people who work craft shows to either supplement their income or do it as their primary job, our idea is that it will be a great way for us to spend quality time together in different places, keep busy, meet new people and if we make any money at it at all, we’ll look at it as a bonus. We know craft shows are a lot of work and since neither of us has ever been shy about working hard, we look forward to it. It will sure beat the thought of retiring and wondering how we will fill each day!

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