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  • Replacement belt sander/linisher???

    So, i've had one of these for about 5 years....

    http://www.warco.co.uk/sanders/30285...sc-sander.html

    Its thrashed and the bearing are all shot, been repaired many times, needs to be put out to pasture

    I use it in the vertical position only and only the belt section not the disc as changing disc was hopeless. Mostly for smoothing off the ends of strip steel parts after shearing but also for finishing other parts, its one of my most used small tools.

    What would be a good replacement - something slightly better but won't break the bank too badly?

    These seem mostly made for wood and i'm metal only - probably why the bearings fail etc

    When finishing the strip ends, i use the open area of the belt - above the table and freehand as its quicker, when finishing other parts i use the table for square linishing.

    Is there a high-end hobby unit?? Pro stuff is ££££


    Thanks
    If it does'nt fit, hit it.
    https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
    http://www.davekearley.co.uk

  • #2
    I looked at the add. 119 GBP won't buy much in terms of quality that is for sure. What is the top end you would spend? Then the question is would you be willing to build one?
    How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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    • #3
      AFAIK there is not much options between those bench sized junk and full blown 75x2000 belt grinder with 3hp motor.

      Google came up with this, could be viable option:
      http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster...-sander-508210

      Or the full blown 75x2000
      http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster...shers-ax942729

      BTW, what is "trade rated" and "engineering rated"
      Same as gorilla proof and idiot proof?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Black Forest View Post
        I looked at the add. 119 GBP won't buy much in terms of quality that is for sure. What is the top end you would spend? Then the question is would you be willing to build one?
        Nah, its done well for what it cost but yes it really is poorly built.

        I could build one, but i don't have so much 'play' time these days, are there any plans around??

        If buying, probably wouldn't mind spending £300-400 maybe
        If it does'nt fit, hit it.
        https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
        http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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        • #5
          Originally posted by MattiJ View Post
          AFAIK there is not much options between those bench sized junk and full blown 75x2000 belt grinder with 3hp motor.

          Thats what i found, I need the vertical belt, not sure the horizontal ones are horizontal/vertical or fixed, also most seem to be built for wood - my one is and the motor gets stuffed with metal dust and blows the breaker.
          If it does'nt fit, hit it.
          https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
          http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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          • #6
            Do you have three phase power? 400GBP would be close depending on how much junk you have laying around! If you don't have three phase you could use an VFD would would be good anyway so you have adjustable speed. Basically the finer the belt the lower the rpm's should be normally.

            So if you have a motor kicking around in the 2hp range that is good. If you have some steel laying around that is good. Do you have a lathe? Mill?
            If so you are good to go for building one yourself. It won't take long. A small vertical belt grinder would take one day if that.
            How to become a millionaire: Start out with 10 million and take up machining as a hobby!

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            • #7
              I just bought the LUNA version 4 inch and with full stand in mint condition from ebay from a guy who part owns a big tool company he is in the finance side and he was given it free as a show model it was never used. I bought it from him privatelyto save fees I got ir for £200 plus a long drive well about an hour and a half.I tried it out when I came home and it is great.IT IS RESTRICTED SLIGHTLY AS YOU CAN ONLY USE THE SMALL FRONT EDGE.I am very pleased with it.Alistair
              https://weldersmart.ie/workshop/work...nder-linisher/
              Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Black Forest View Post
                Do you have three phase power? 400GBP would be close depending on how much junk you have laying around! If you don't have three phase you could use an VFD would would be good anyway so you have adjustable speed. Basically the finer the belt the lower the rpm's should be normally.

                So if you have a motor kicking around in the 2hp range that is good. If you have some steel laying around that is good. Do you have a lathe? Mill?
                If so you are good to go for building one yourself. It won't take long. A small vertical belt grinder would take one day if that.
                Single-phase only, have a lathe, cnc mill, cnc plasma-cutter, welder etc

                Its more a matter of time on this one i think or lack of
                If it does'nt fit, hit it.
                https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
                http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Alistair Hosie View Post
                  I just bought the LUNA version 4 inch and with full stand in mint condition from ebay from a guy who part owns a big tool company he is in the finance side and he was given it free as a show model it was never used. I bought it from him privatelyto save fees I got ir for £200 plus a long drive well about an hour and a half.I tried it out when I came home and it is great.IT IS RESTRICTED SLIGHTLY AS YOU CAN ONLY USE THE SMALL FRONT EDGE.I am very pleased with it.Alistair
                  https://weldersmart.ie/workshop/work...nder-linisher/

                  That would be good if it was turned 90degrees and fitted with a bigger table
                  If it does'nt fit, hit it.
                  https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
                  http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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                  • #10
                    Might be able to get away with something like this...

                    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FOX-F31-1...0AAOSw9NdXuaHC

                    Just need to find out if you can get suitable discs for metal i think.

                    Reckon it would work for metal??
                    If it does'nt fit, hit it.
                    https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
                    http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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                    • #11
                      A friend of mine has this one https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FOX-F31-1...0AAOSw9NdXuaHC and I have an older one like it that is 3 ph.
                      They both use 12" discs that we purchase at Horrible Freight, The discs aren't marked for wood or metal, but we both use them on metal with no problems.

                      THANX RICH
                      People say I'm getting crankier as I get older. That's not it. I just find I enjoy annoying people a lot more now. Especially younger people!!!

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                      • #12
                        Thats the one, just found a UK supplier of various 12" metal finishing discs. I think the 1/4 size working area of a 12" disc will work ok and being direct drive should mean less parts to wear out and fail

                        I think i'll order one on Monday.
                        If it does'nt fit, hit it.
                        https://ddmetalproducts.co.uk
                        http://www.davekearley.co.uk

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                        • #13
                          Oh david ,old uncle Al, will be mking sensible add ons--non permanent of course but I think it was good for the buck paid Al
                          Please excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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