In a New Yankee Workshop episode this season, where
Norm builds a very large dining table, he's shown using a
large oscillating belt sander. Something to drool over. A
quick search of the net didn't get any hits. Any idea where
this gizmo comes from and its cost?
Thanks for the referral. Yes, it's there, although I don't cover
pricing and availability in my references; just manufacturers and
model numbers (and pictures).
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Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
If it was Norm it was more than likely a Delta.
If it was a Delta it was more than likely this machine.
By the way, the capacity of this machine is nice (36"ish
platen) for smaller shops. It has the capabilities to be
used as an edge sander with the belt upright or tilting the
belt anywhere between 90 and 0.
For that kind of cost I'd opt for a used Crouch or if you
have the capabilities and shop space a used Ekstrom-Carlson
or an Oakley. These machines are pretty much bullet-proof
whereas at Delta they might still be working out the kinks.
But then it could be just me.
UA100, who has an itty-bitty 2 1/4" (belt width) Acme 2C
non-oscillating edge sander and loves it...
Whew! Spendy. Roughly th same thing here starts at around AUS$900
(US$500-550). I think you guys are paying a heck of a premium up there.
Bottom of page. Note the industrial machine is $2700, or about US$1800-1900.
"Unisaw A100" < email@example.com> wrote in message
Yes...my mind's eye has this pictured:
Delta 31-396 Oscillating Edge Sander
Norm used it to put a slight, uniform, taper on two sides
of each of six legs for the table. Seemed safer and more
accurate than setting up a taper jig on a table saw.
When my numbers come in, in the Texas lottery, and I build
a suitable surround for my tools, I NOW know that I NEED
an oscillating edge sander. ;-)
By the way, about 35 years ago, give or take, some buddies
and I took a 75-hour "cabinet making" class at a technical high
school over the course of a slew of evenings. Very enjoyable.
The school had a large-table belt sander -- perhaps 18"-24"
belt, moveable table perhaps 8'-10' long -- that I still covet.
You placed your work on the table and moved the table in
and out while pressing the sanding belt down with a hand-held
pad. Made quick work out of smoothing large surfaces. I
NEED that for my new shop, too.
That is/was a stroke sander, sometimes called a hand block
sander. These were used extensively in shops but have since
been replaced by wide belt sanders. For the record, they
are way better than the drum sanders being sold today.
UA100, who is/has been looking for a "smaller" (1) stroke
sander for a while to finish out his lust for all machines
(1) The allotted space (OK, the space I have left) in the
shop measures 8' wide by 4' deep making something like a
Boice-Crane or equal a good choice.
While not nearly as large or powerful as what Norm has, Ridgid has an
oscillating belt/spindle sander that uses a 4"x24" belt.
I will admit to not biting on this early. I have a shop full of Jet, Delta,
PC, DeWalt, etc. I have been burned by "cheap" tools in the past. (Also
burned by PC, but that's another story.) I looked for a mid priced
oscillating belt sander but could not find one.
I finally bought the Ridgid for $299. I am in the middle of making a garden
bench. It has flat spots and lots of curves. I can honestly say I could
not have built this bench without this or a similar sander.
So far, I am very pleased.
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