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Old 10-27-2012, 07:11 PM   #1
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Default Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

I'm thinking of buying a table top bench sander/grinder. Anyone who has experience with these, please give me your advise.

I don't want to afford a top Brand. My use will be average household handyman & garage type use. I would also like to sharpen lawn mower blades etc....

I've always thought well of Craftsman tools.

I listened and watched a review of Ryobi's unit. He is a engineer and his thoughts were just,...ok. If you applied too much pressure, the belt would stop. For general light use, it was fine. He questioned the tilt adjustment because the bolts were hidden.
Anyway, I did not think to much of it.

This is one of the Craftsman and around $110-130.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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Default Re: Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

I have a Porter Cable unit that I like
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

Tell me about it and the price ?

I'm also looking at Eastwoods.

What do you guys think of Eastwoods grinder & sander, as far as quality ?
If I bought one, I would also get a wire wheel for sure.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eastwood-1-2...&forceRpt=true
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Old 10-28-2012, 08:47 PM   #4
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Default Re: Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

http://www.portercable.com/Products/...roductID=24033

That's the one I have. I like it! The belt stays centered and easy to adjust. No complaints. I picked it up at Lowe's for around $150 - 175.
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Old 10-28-2012, 09:36 PM   #5
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Default Re: Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

I was going through this same thing a couple years ago. thought long and hard about that very one you posted and then read every customer review they had on the website.

Most spoke of it being horribly under powered and stalling. I may be wrong but I assumed most of the reviews were from wood workers and I was wanting one for metal use.

I ended up buying the larger 6x48" Craftsman unit and have been thoroughly pleased with it's performance and ease of use.

And believe me, I abuse the hell out of it.

So, in short, and providing they haven't made any design changes that would cheapen the unit I would not hesitate to either recommend or buy another.

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Old 10-28-2012, 10:41 PM   #6
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Default Re: Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

Delta makes an economical 6" round x 4" wide that is okay- I have one except for heavy sanding works well and tracks okay, has vacuum ports and good switch, others-
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Old 10-29-2012, 07:44 PM   #7
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Yes, they look like good quality. I've have a Porter Cable grinder and several Craftsman tools and all work very well, after many years of use. Now I'm looking for a bench grinder and a belt sander, so that's why I'm thinking over a combination unit, instead of separates.

I only have a single stall garage, so space is a issue. It's actually bigger than in the photo's and is fairly long for a single, at 26'. I'm still,....creating my Man Cave, so I want everything to have it's place. All my mechanic tools are getting organized in the tool box's. The Craftsman roll away that's under the bench, will house my car cleaning products, buffer/polisher, pads and related tools. It's a great box as it comes with electrical outlet, so you just need to run a cord to the box if your working like on the driveway. It also has built in's for your drill and tools and take off the top board to store misc. parts & tools. it works out very well !

I'm painting the cabinets red & black like my other Craftsman's, two tone wall paint with a dividing stripe, floor tiles and hang the lights back up when done. Plasma TV, stereo with surround speakers around all three walls, heater & A/C in the window, so I can work on my 427 Shelby Cobra replica and watch Husker football and racing all year long. (we race 360/410 winged sprint cars) Many more details later. I guess I should add this part in a different forum, but oh well.

Everything,....is dirty from sanding the drywall.

A lot of work to do boyzzz !

Let me know what you guys think so far, and any add on's and advise will be appreciated, for "MY MAN CAVE ! lol









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Let me know what you guys think so far, and any add on's and advise will be appreciated, for "MY MAN CAVE ! lol

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Old 10-29-2012, 08:31 PM   #9
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It's a Lone Star.




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this went from belt sander to garage porn pretty quickly
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this went from belt sander to garage porn pretty quickly
Is there a problem with that?
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:30 PM   #12
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lol,....!
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Default Re: Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

If you are set on one of those, get one that has an external motor. Those shown will frustrate the H. out of you......as soon as you make it work a bit, it stalls.

I bought a similar unit to this, used for $25:

http://www.harborfreight.com/power-t...der-97181.html

You can upgrade the motor if need be, and enlarge that disc too.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:50 AM   #14
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Default Re: Review's of-Bench Top 4" x 36" Belt/6" Disc Sander's ?

Looks good, but reading the reviews, do you have any of these issues ?

Poor dust control (10)
Lacks power (7)
Difficult belt change (4)
Unreliable (3)
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Old 10-31-2012, 07:31 AM   #15
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Looks good, but reading the reviews, do you have any of these issues ?

Poor dust control (10)
Lacks power (7)
Difficult belt change (4)
Unreliable (3)
I use mine on an outside bench, so dust is not an issue. But I image if you have a dust collector and made a hood for the rear, that problem would go away. I just blow mine off with an air hose when finished.

Mine is not that exact model (older) and does not have that "quick release" feature on the belt, so yes it does take a minute or two of extra effort to true up the belt again.

Power seems OK, but that is why I suggested looking for something that is easily upgraded motorwise.

Reliability? No idea what they could be referring to here.

Originally, I was going to make something from scratch, then spotted this guy. The belt is fine as is and suits my needs (both metal and wood) but I would like a bigger disc. Which you could do by providing a support for an arbour at the far end of that belt and drive it with a pulley mounted where that present disc is. I have a 12" (ShopSmith) disc that is looking for work.

But, that is a job for next summer....it is good enough for now.
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