I bought a new Craftsman belt sander yesterday, top of the line
When I pulled the trigger, the motor hummed briefly then the belt
*slowly* came up to speed. While running, if I let off on the trigger
it wouldn't restart until it had coasted to a complete stop.
I've had several belt sanders and I expect instant response to the
trigger. I took it back and swapped it for another one. It does the
So, did I get two faulty units or is this some new "feechur?"
The Sears clerk didn't comment when I described the symptoms.
Feature or flaw, it's going back, and this time for a refund. I just
don't see this behavior being useful in this tool.
According to the liner notes, it's Roosevelt Cook playing a Mellotron.
It's about the earliest keyboard instrument that could use sampled
sounds. So early that the samples were on tape. A lot of rock bands
from the Beatles to the Moody Blues used them back in the day.
Originally they were built in England but there is a Canadian company
building them and supplying parts now. They also have CDs with the
original Mellotron sounds.
Speaking of samples...have you heard Kid Rock's All Summer Long?
I heard it on the radio the other day and didn't know who did it but
saw him on Letterman the other night. He samples Werewolves Of
London, Sweet Home Alabama and Fly Like An Eagle in this song.
Bob magically turned three pretty good tunes into one mediocre song.
OK, I took it back and spoke to the manager. It does indeed have the
soft start feature, though he admitted it should've been mentioned in
the packaging. Apparently, it's common, at least in Craftsman tools.
The manager said he has it on a router and really likes it, though I
still can't imagine the benefit of it.
I decided to keep it because at $170 it was far and away the cheapest
4" sander I could find.
Soft start is great in routers and other high torque equipment (1/2 inch
drill maybe) as it keeps the tool from "jumping" when you pull the trigger,
but I don't see a need for it in a belt sander. Probably put there as an
enticement to try to snag more sales, but in the process they've created
confusion for new users.
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