I posted this a few days back with no response. Has anyone out there
used the Fisch DDS99460 Sanding Center? It's a small 6in disk, 4x36in
belt sander benchtop combo. It's available thru Amazon for $109.
Looking at the Fisch website, it seems their tools are made in
Austria, Germany, and France. Granted this is a small tool, but it
looks to be a cut above the Taiwanese stuff.
The descriptions I've read on the web for have me somewhat
intrigued. It's mainly cast iron, weighing in around 50 lbs, and
seems fairly well made. Of course, it's kind of hard to tell when you
can't see it in person. The big brother to this machine, their
floor-mounted 6x12 sanding center with oscillating belt just got a
beaming review in the Novemeber Popular Woodworking. So what's the
Camano Island, WA
firstname.lastname@example.org (Mike at American Sycamore) wrote in message
The Fisch Website states that they are an American company with
manufacturing facilities in Austria, Germany, and France. The price
however sure makes China seem a more likely country of origin. I was
hoping someone out there had used one of these things. It's sized
right for my small shop, but so far all the benchtop disk/belt sanders
I've seen have been pretty junky.
email@example.com (Rich-in-WA) wrote in message
Have seen Fisch's benchtop mortiser and lathe in person. They're
definitely from Asia, just like everyone else's offerings at similar
prices. haven't seen this sander, but what are the chances anything
with both a motor and some cast iron in it that can be sold for $109
is from anywhere else? IME, a big determinant of useful versus junky
on inexpensive sanders and grinders is whether the tool rests/fences
are capable of holding accurate settings under load...Looks pretty
iffy on this one, but who knows...
I almost bought that at The Woodworking Show last year in Somerset,
NJ. They had it for a pretty good price. It was solidly built for
the money and more cast iron than most. It was worth the price, but
definitely not a heavy duty machine due to its size. If it is there
again this year I might take them up on buying the floor model an hour
before they close.
Andy, NW New Jersey
On 20 Nov 2003 08:40:08 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org
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