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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 01-22-2015 01:53 PM 606 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-22-2015 01:53 PM

Hey all,
If you had the choice between a disc/belt combo machine with a 9” disc verses a standalone disc sander with a 12” disc, which would you go for, assuming all else is equal (price, quality, power, condition, etc.) You can’t get both, even though that would be the “correct” answer. I’d like to hear your thoughts on sanders…

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#1 posted 01-22-2015 02:12 PM

It really depends on your methods of work.
Which one would get the most use in your shop?
My belt sanders get far more use than my disk sanders. But, when I need to use the disk sander, nothing else will do….handily.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 01-22-2015 02:16 PM

If you have a motor, you can build your own 12” disc sander. Here’s mine…

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#3 posted 01-22-2015 02:34 PM

+1 to Gene, I’ve got a ryobi belt and disc combo, (was a great deal for $50) and a Clayton oscillating spindle, most every piece no mater the level seems to have me use the belt sander, & when I switch it to the horizontal position it can sharpen a blade lickety split!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#4 posted 01-22-2015 02:36 PM

The belt side of my combo gets a lot more use so I’d vote for the combo (the bigger, the better).

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#5 posted 01-22-2015 03:17 PM

Since getting my Ridgid OSS/belt sander….
My Ryobi combo disk/belt sander sees little use.
However, it really depends upon YOUR needs!!!

Were I to start all over….
I’d get the Ridgid OSS/belt sander first, then build or buy a 12” disk sander.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 01-22-2015 03:28 PM

I have the ROSS but still want a nice, beefy belt/disc combo. Then again, I do some metal working like making occasional infill planes and the ROSS, while great for certain things, is not a robust machine as far as sanding metal is concerned (not what it’s built for). So the correct answer depends on “what are you doing with it”, as a regular disc sander would see a lot of use in some shops and not much in others.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#7 posted 01-22-2015 04:18 PM

I have a PM belt disc sander and I use both the disc and sander quite frequently. I also have a spindle sander and use it as well. I would not like to be without any of these three. I hope to be able to get a drum sander on down the road.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 01-22-2015 04:28 PM

If I understand the question correctly, you are really asking if it is worth giving up three inches of diameter in the disc sander to gain the addition of a belt sander. I would say “absolutely”. I have a belt/disc combo, and I use the belt a lot more often than the disc. Your mileage may vary, of course, but I think you will find both belt and disc very useful.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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