View Full Version : Please give me the low down as you guys see it.I always like the advice , from you .

Alistair Hosie
07-05-2015, 02:44 PM
Your thought's on this gentlemen Please ?

Is it a dinosaur or usable ? Do you guys think it is too big for a Hobbiest like me? I gave away my belt sander with a pile of stuff to my son when he started up anyway,I now have a twelve inch disc sander with extraction,and feel a bigger or belt sander would be best.I am looking at another a bit more modern this one too.I spoke to the guy he might take two fifty to three hundred plus the delivery which will add another hundred.Alistair


07-05-2015, 03:07 PM
First thing I would do is check the availability of metal cutting belts in that size. Given a choice I would take a vertical machine for metal work. The second (horizontal) sander is definitely a woodworking oriented tool and I suspect the first is as well but if you can find proper belts it would make an awesome metalworking tool...

07-05-2015, 05:49 PM
If my math is correct the vertical sander would cost $560 (American). Personally, I would not pay that much for this sander in the condition it is in. The price of the horizontal sander is closer to reality but as LKeithR said make sure you can get sanding belts for it.

07-05-2015, 06:02 PM
We had lots of big linisher so for samples in work, norton 80 grit blue belts work well, you do need a tidy dust sucker on wood, lots of wood is poisonous as wel as an irritant, belts are pricy but last well, if you look after them, I think I have some 80 grit that may well fit that one, I'll have a dig

07-05-2015, 06:08 PM
Alistair, that LOOKS to be a 6"x 80" horizontal/vertical sander. I have an older, vertical model that has served me well for over 20 years. Mine is only 1 1/2 hp, but I have never stalled it. Used mainly for woodwork, I have a selection of AO belts from 60 grit to 200 grit. They work very well on metal, but dont last as long! Given your admitted "economical outlook," be advised that belt cost might cause palpitations:rolleyes:! I pay about $17.00 Cdn each. That machine new at Busy Bee Tools is about $800.00 Cdn.

07-05-2015, 06:12 PM
I'd buy it if belts are available & it runs fine. A lot of machine for the money & a powerful metal belt grinder is a pleasure to use.

07-05-2015, 06:22 PM
I just picked up one like this only 2HP & no stand like new for $200.