I'm giving some thought to buying this belt sander. Anybody have one they could comment on? Mostly concerned with ease of use and maintenance.
Any other machines I ought to be looking at?
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Unless you have a specific need for the disc, I expect you'd be better off with an edge sander.
Powermatic sanders from the fifties thru about the mid 90's are often advertised on the forum for old woodworking machines (OWWM). I bought a 1970's Powermatic sander for $500 and with some TLC. have been quite satisfied with it.
I had the Grizzly combo but didn't use it so I sold it. Never used the belt as it never really sanded flat. Took up too much room.
I'd much rather have a bigger disc sander and a true edge sander.
I have a Grizzly belt/disc sander it is an older model though. I like it works well.
I bought a 3 phase Powermatic that had been sitting outside a closed High School woodshop for at least 6 months. When I say outside I mean in the rain and snow. I restored it, added a freq. drive, and use it quite often. For parts I found that Enco and Grizzly parts interchanged with my unit. Obviously in the mid-80's many of these machines were manufactured by the same company. You might find it to be a better deal to go used.
Oh, BTW, the PM unit cost me $150. New bearings and paint was about $50. It took me about 10 hours to rebuild the machine.
If all you are looking for is a belt sander and don't need the disc I would consider this instead: http://www.grizzly.com/products/6-x-80-F...rizzly.com
It flips to become a horizontal belt sander as well as being an edge sander. I really don't like those combo sanders. I just built a new shop after an interstate move and a 4-year hiatus from fine woodworking and I'm considering getting both the edge sander I linked above and a separate 15" disc sander. http://www.grizzly.com/products/15-Disc-...rizzly.com
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Example project sander; https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/tls...71047.html
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