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    2/3hp 6inch disc, 4" belt craftsman sander...

    not sure what I'll use this for but for $26 I figured it was worth it..was it? Is this too fast to be useful on metal?


    Hobbyist: someone who makes something sound harder than it is.
    Professional: someone who cant afford to be a hobbyist.

  • #2
    I have that exact one. I use mine for metal all the time. Good catch!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Toolguy View Post
      I have that exact one. I use mine for metal all the time. Good catch!
      yay!
      Hobbyist: someone who makes something sound harder than it is.
      Professional: someone who cant afford to be a hobbyist.

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      • #4
        I had the Horrible Freight variant which I sold at a garage sale for $30.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by CarlByrns View Post
          I had the Horrible Freight variant which I sold at a garage sale for $30.
          what was wrong with it
          Hobbyist: someone who makes something sound harder than it is.
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          • #6
            I found one on eBay, bought it but discovered belts (6 x 49) a bit expensive, works great on metal, did my trowels on it this morning.
            Anyone know how to make belts?
            Mark

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            • #7
              Have two i bought at sales, both work fine use them all the time. Those offshore motors are not the best have switched one over to a good motor. The 2/3 HP statement though is typical of those over inflated HP ratings, just all BS!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by doctordoctor View Post
                what was wrong with it

                It worked, but it was 'close, but no cigar' for me.
                The motor (on the HF variant at least) is undersized and the table is located with a single rod that flexes quite a bit. IIRC, the belt ran a bit slower than I liked and the (plastic) belt guard would shift and hit the pulleys.

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                • #9
                  Did the Cat approve the purchase??

                  Making sanding belts is a black art known only to the better manufacturers.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by J. R. Williams View Post
                    Did the Cat approve the purchase??

                    Making sanding belts is a black art known only to the better manufacturers.
                    cat seems unimpressed :/
                    Hobbyist: someone who makes something sound harder than it is.
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                    • #11
                      I have a similar sized belt/disc sander. I find the disc to be almost useless, and I actually trimmed it off to compact the machine a bit. I use the belt for all materials, but mostly steel it seems. A good belt is sure nice- the chinese ones seem to be crap.
                      I seldom do anything within the scope of logical reason and calculated cost/benefit, etc- I'm following my passion-

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                      • #12
                        Puts a nice brushed finish on stainless:

                        Definition: Racecar - a device that turns money into noise.

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                        • #13
                          doctordoctor: I think you can run narrower belts on it. Much cheaper. They would run in the middle. Good catch.

                          Sarge

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by doctordoctor View Post
                            cat seems unimpressed :/
                            Probably for the best. If he/she liked it he/she may have tried to mark it as his/her territory.

                            Good catch.

                            I also have a HF version and the worst problem is the lack of power. If you try to use the full width for sanding, it wants to stall. Probably better for many metal uses as you are working on smaller areas so there is less stalling.
                            Paul A.

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                            • #15
                              Might be useful for mice. Oh, wait, you meant...
                              "A machinist's (WHAP!) best friend (WHAP! WHAP!) is his hammer. (WHAP!)" - Fred Tanner, foreman, Lunenburg Foundry and Engineering machine shop, circa 1979

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