Anyone Here Tried One Of These?


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber0749
It's a very intriguing concept, and I could definitely use something along those line on a pending woodworking project. However! Seems to me you wouldn't have all the fine control of it the ad writer implies you would. If you had a couple of handles along the lines of a chainsaw I think it could be accurate enough - nothing like a bit of chainsaw carving. But set-up the way it is I'd be worried it would be inclined to take more off in places then you wanted. I may get one later, for metal-work, I think it would work fine for that, but just wonder how well it would operate on wood.
Any of you guys have any experience with one of these? Good experience? Or bad?
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Yup. I've got the dedicated Makita one . It was a leftover from my auto / plate glass days. Mostly used it to take the sharp edge off the cut glass . Have used it on the odd wood job. It works if your careful but I think I would only use it as a last resort. YMMV. Jim

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Tue, Aug 15, 2006, 2:16am (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@shaw.ca (JimNorthey) doth sayeth: <snip> Have used it on the odd wood job. It works if your careful but Ithink I would only use it as a last resort. YMMV.
That pretty much enforces my own thoughts.
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I have this one from HF. I use it on a Milwaukee grinder. Works good but not Milwaukee quality. It's worth the price for those times when you need to get into a tight place.
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Tom H wrote:

What keeps the whole thing from spinning around? Some kind of screw that wedges against the grinder?
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote in 3333.bay.webtv.net:

For $8.00 I doubt it will be worth much. That has to cost someone about $2.00 or less to make.
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Tue, Aug 15, 2006, 1:52pm (EDT+4) snipped-for-privacy@google.com (R.PierceButler) doth burble: For $8.00 I doubt it will be worth much. That has to cost someone about $2.00 or less to make.
You've never tried one then, eh?. Thanks for your contribution.
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snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote in

No I have ever tried one.
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On Mon, 14 Aug 2006 20:24:15 -0400, snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (J T) wrote:

I used an air version of a similar tool- it wasn't a grinder conversion, but a standalone thin belt sander with a handheld grip. The idea is neat, but I found that for myself, it wasn't all it was cracked up to be- the two major problems were that the belt liked to slip off the roller on the end no matter how it was adjusted, and was a PITA to put back on, and because the belt was so narrow and moved so quickly, it had a tendancy to gouge things very quickly.
Useful for rough work, an maybe carving- but not really a finishing tool in any sense of the word.
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Tue, Aug 15, 2006, 2:43pm (EDT-1) snipped-for-privacy@business.org (Prometheus) doth sayeth: <snip> the belt liked to slip off the roller <snip> it had a tendancy togouge things very quickly. Useful for rough work, an maybe carving- but not really a finishing tool in any sense of the word.
I wonder if it would be possible to take down the center of the roller a bit, making two "lips" to hold it in?
That was my thought, it would tend to gouge. I think it'd probably be best suited to metalworking.
For roughing work out, I think I'd prefer chisels. For precision work, nothing quite compares to a chainsaw.
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Sounds like a Dynafile. Quite common in machine shops. Very fine work can be done with them with a bit of practice. Common tool in the debur room where one slip can cost thousands.

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J T (in snipped-for-privacy@storefull-3333.bay.webtv.net) said:
| http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber0749
| Any of you guys have any experience with one of these? Good | experience? Or bad?
I bought one. Could never make the belt track worth a darn. HF angle grinder worked well though - just not as a sander. :-P
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