I got a flyer in the paper today advertising a Ryobi 4"x36" and 6" disc
sander from HD for $87. Much as I distrust the Ryobi name I was very happy
with the Ryobi oscillating spindle sander I bought on sale last year at this
time of year at HD. I checked epinions and there is a very favorable
I think for $87 vs $157 for the Delta version on Amazon I will take a second
chance with Ryobi.
I have a machine of this type. The disc really is virtually useless, but
that's as much because of the swirly pattern it puts on things, and the
ridiculously high speed (tendency to burn) as it is a limitation of the
size itself. I don't use the disc often.
I use the belt all the time. The fundamental flaw most machines of this
type have (Delta, Craftsman, HF, Griz, Tradesman, and probably others that
are all variations on the same theme) is the way the belt is set up against
the back side of the disc mechanism (probably where the tilt lock is, I
think, but I'm not looking at it). You could sand wider things on it by
moving the work side to side if it weren't for that limitation, and I've
seen some people pull the disc off entirely and hacksaw off that piece of
the casting for this very reason.
I don't have one of the Ryobi machines you're talking about, but I've looked
at them. The one thing going for it above all the others is that it
doesn't suffer from the same limitation. The belt is well up on top, clear
of everything all around, so there's no annoying stop to whap into.
How useful that is might be debatable. It would be hard to move wide work
on and off the belt smoothly enough to keep the sanding job even and tidy,
so even though the limitation is removed, it's still no substitute for a
wide belt sander or a drum sander.
My Delta has been on its last legs for a year or so now. It's really
limping. It needs to be shot. When it goes, I *might* replace it with one
of those Ryobis, though I will be tempted just to suck it up and buy a
bigger machine if money and space weren't issues. A dedicated edge sander
with a big belt is really the way to go in the long run. These little
belts aren't as useful as they look.
Then again, I've used the absolute hell out of this thing over the years,
restrictive though it may be. I've found plenty of good reasons to keep it
fed with belts. That Ryobi isn't likely to be any worse than this thing,
and it might be better, so you might want to go for it.
Michael McIntyre ---- Silvan < email@example.com>
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I bought a Craftsman 9 in Disc x 6 in belt belt sander in the mid
60's (and a bunch of other Craftsman machines) when I first got into
this hobby... I still use it almost every day I am in the shop...I
can say the same thing about the floor Drill press....the other
machines are history for the most part...but not those 2...
But I agree about the disc being almost useless....Honest I have NOT
had a disc on the thing in a very very long time...years in fact...one
day I should just remove the entire thing and be done with it
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