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  • Grizzly Belt Sander

    I've spent a month trying to find an old Rockwell 1 x 42 belt sander... finally found one 500-miles away that I will have to go pick up in person next year.

    In the mean time... I ordered this Grizzly 1 x 42 to use. It has a cast iron housing and the good part... the replacement wheels are only $2 each.

    http://www.grizzly.com/products/1-X-...c-Sander/H8192

    Merry Christmas to all...

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    I've had this little belt sander for about 15 years and it would have to rank as being in the top 3 tools in my shop! I love this thing---I'm on my 4th set of wheels!

    Its shown as only 51 lbs, so it should qualify for free ship.

    http://www.use-enco.com/CGI/INSRIT?PMAKA=163-4512
    If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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    • #3
      The two most used tools in my shop are my vacuum and belt sander. If something happened to them they would be at the top of the list for replacement. I just bought the belt sander on a impulse. Never expected it to be so handy. Actually I bought a kit that used to be advertised in HSM. The first motor sucked in the grinding dust and didn't last very long. It was replaced with a 3 phase TEFC motor and a VFD. The variable speed belt sander rocks!
      Byron Boucher
      Burnet, TX

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Boucher
        The two most used tools in my shop are my vacuum and belt sander. If something happened to them they would be at the top of the list for replacement. I just bought the belt sander on a impulse. Never expected it to be so handy. Actually I bought a kit that used to be advertised in HSM. The first motor sucked in the grinding dust and didn't last very long. It was replaced with a 3 phase TEFC motor and a VFD. The variable speed belt sander rocks!
        I have a Rockwell 1" x 42" belt sander I would let go for 50 bucks plus shipping. It needs a new wheel made for it. The motor is a bit loud but runs good.

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        • #5
          I have that 1 x 42 model with the Delta name. A belt sander is really a must have item for any metal worker IMHO.
          Steve

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          • #6
            Originally posted by true temper
            I have a Rockwell 1" x 42" belt sander I would let go for 50 bucks plus shipping. It needs a new wheel made for it. The motor is a bit loud but runs good.
            I am very interested. What would shipping be to 14032 (just outside of Buffalo, NY)?


            Ryan

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            • #7
              delete....
              Last edited by Riverman; 12-24-2009, 03:20 PM.

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              • #8
                Rockwell Belt Sander

                I have also have had a one of these Rockwell sanders for many years. Bought it new. Has always worked fine.
                About 4 or five years ago I managed to knocked it off its perch (really should have bolted it down), Anyway this broke one of the plastic wheels.

                I subsequently melted a couple of pistons in an old cast iron pot using my little coal fired shop stove and poured the melt into a cat food can. Machined this to size and replaced the original bronze bushings with little sealed ball bearings I happened to have. Works fine again.

                As has been mentioned, yes, the motor really screams.

                Merry Christmas to all youns guys.

                Jim

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                • #9
                  Guys,

                  belt grinder indeed is very useful tool. I just don't think that this 1"x42" grinder is adequate for any home machinist. Invest in a better grinder. Preferably one that is using 2x72 belts. 2x72 belts are cheaper(per square inch) and you can get them in grit from 36 to 3000.
                  A good 36 grit belt eats metal like a buttah
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYllaxuzMk0
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jy_guBBaUTU

                  There are other very useful belt types:
                  Cork belt. You load it with polishing compound and use for polishing. Scotch Brite belt. Gives you great satin finish.

                  If you can't afford to buy you can build it. It is relatively simple device. Some people even build it out of wood!
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40oBU...eature=related

                  Here is a knife I made using only my belt grinder.
                  Look Ma, No Mill!

                  Last edited by AlexK; 12-24-2009, 03:51 PM.

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                  • #10
                    I prefer the 1" x 42" belt machines...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Riverman
                      I prefer the 1" x 42" belt machines...
                      There are no people who "prefer" 1x42 There are only people who have not tried 2x72 yet.

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                      • #12
                        I've used my friend's 2 x 72 several times... I PREFER the 1 x 42 smile

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                        • #13
                          There are only people who have not tried 2x72 yet
                          I built a 2x72 and disliked it so much I disassembled it and built it over in another configuration, didnt like it either, so tore it down and built a 2x48 --- with it and the bought 1x42 I'm a happy camper.
                          If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something........

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Bill Pace
                            I built a 2x72 and disliked it so much I disassembled it and built it over in another configuration, didnt like it either, so tore it down and built a 2x48 --- with it and the bought 1x42 I'm a happy camper.
                            If you don't mind can you explain why you did not like it?
                            If 2" is too wide you can split a belt and make it as narrow as you want.

                            I also had 1x42" before I got 2x72 KMG grinder.

                            Here is what I like about my KMG grinder:

                            1. Variable speed
                            Especially slow speed capability, gives you much better control.(Huge deal for me)
                            2. Foot on/off pedal. You can position work piece with both hands then turn it on. (Huge deal for me)
                            3. Cheaper belts, belts last longer since they run cooler. More belts variety
                            4. Better belt tracking
                            5. Quiet motor.
                            6. No vibration.
                            7. Ability to setup table for any grinding angle.
                            8. Many attachments are available.
                            9. Can take A LOT of metal in a hurry if you need it.

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                            • #15
                              I have been looking at getting one of these:

                              http://www.amazon.com/Kalamazoo-1x42.../dp/B00065U7QQ

                              It would make a nice addition to my 12" disk sander. There are times when the disk is great for hogging material off but it is rather crude. I think that with the volume of firearm work I do the 1x42 would be quite handy. I suspect that I would use lesser grits on the belt machine. 100 and up.

                              Cheers
                              Mac.

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