Stationary Belt sander. Didn't think I'd use it that much, but it
turns out I use it almost as much as the table saw. Kinda makes me
want to invest in a full sized stroke sander and an edge sander one of
these days. Could do without the disc, though- I've had the thing for
two or three years, and haven't used the disc sander more than a dozen
times, and it just gets in the way.
Works great for presanding parts, and smoothing out rough curves from
the bandsaw. Cleans up imperfectly aligned miters like a champ, too.
Bingo - my choice as well, although I use both disc and belt about
equally. The disc is soooooooooo much easier and more accurate than
any saw I've ever had for mitres. And, as you say, pre-sanding with
the belt is a snap.
I can't explain why but I love the sound of my Ridgid Jointer. It has
the most quietly balanced hum of any power tool I've used since a 25
year old Powermatic Table saw long gone. Since the little jointer only
cost $350 I was shocked upon turning it on the first time. Sometimes I
turn it on just to listen. I was expecting a rough beast and found
Gee, you would have to knock me back to reality. No, I have not had to
replace the blades yet....but have purchased a Jointer Pal (?) system
with magnets that are supposed to hold the blades at the outfeed height
for setting. Not looking foreward to changing them. Do you have any
tips/experience with the blades you want to share? If all fails I will
just push the machine into the corner and just listen to it every once
in a while.
Well actually I replaced mine a couple weeks ago. The little jig that was
included when I bought the animal worked out fine. It would have been easier
with a third hand though. I did use a real wrench, the one supplied I threw
away when I got it out of the box. If, no, WHEN, I have to replace them
again, I'm going to figure out a way to put a magnet or duct tape or
something on the jig to hold it to the cutter head. Other than that, they
wasn't bad. And I'm like you, it's like a good old perfectly tuned Mustang,
just sounds good. Let me know when and if you use your Jointer Pal. If it
does a decent job, I'll get me one.
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