If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. I was looking into building a homemade belt sander but I’ve found several posts while searching on pirate that mention how that individual uses the disc sander almost exclusively and only ‘sometimes’ uses the belt sander. The Craftsman roll away that’s under the bench, will house my car cleaning products, buffer/polisher, pads and related tools. The belt drive can be had for about 400 and the direct drive about 500 in us dollars. I’ve a little craftsman 2 x 42 I picked up from the refurbished sears place, It’s what I use for rounding areas over on my handles.
With a belt sander, at any part along the width of the belt the fpm would be the same, the object you are grinding would also have a much more even grind. Set up was a snap, it runs well, offers plenty of power for what I need (I’ve use the disc to hog off large amounts of material when making oval forms, with no bogging). Get this Craftsman Professional Belt/Disc Sander that comes with lock-on power button to provide continuous use with less operator fatigue.
EBTH’s full-service model makes it easy, with proceeds typically 3-5 times higher than a conventional sale. This belt sander is a 1×42 with a small well crowned die cast upper idler wheel. All I have done is flip the lever to tighten the belt after the belt is installed and then after turning it on I use the knob there to bring the belt in or out to try to get it in the center and to stay there.
If they had said to wrap electrical tape on either end, that would make more sense to me, as then the belt would be encouraged to stay in the center. The manual states that if it is difficult to get the sanding belt to track, then I should increase the tension. If your sander has a motor of 1hp or more you might want to consider salvaging the motor later on when you build or buy a grinder. I currently have a little Craftsman belt/disk sander I’ve been using for 30+ years. But for an all around wood/metal sander for a hobbyist, it is not a bad deal for the money.
I know that this sander is probably the same machine as one of another brand… I just don’t know the field well enough to know which one. I just bought this Craftsman Belt Sander for purposes of metal working but after assembly I read that it was made only for woodworking – doh! Brand New Cogged Drive Belt for CRAFTSMAN 113226424 113.22642 Sander also fits Craftsman 113226423 113.22643. I just don’t recommend people going out and buying one to substitute for a belt grinder.
The adjustment of the belt is a bit funky and would have preferred some quick-change lever to change belts, but it is possible without too much struggle. It can move lots of wood with a 40 grit belt on it and does fast and efficient finishing work with a fine belt. Where I worked they had large industrial belt sanders on tables for sanding large sheets of aluminum, steel, etc.
While the orbital sander has a square pad, the random-orbit sander has a round pad-and this one variation makes all the difference. RLF Brands is a US manufacturer of Shopsmith combination machines for woodworking… disc sander and horizontal boring machine… jointer and belt sander. There use 26,309 s dpi, fulfilling 17,803 dots of the MBA craftsman belt disc sander 137.215360.
This particular belt sander is fantastic for removal of plenty of materials, evening up doorway edges, preparing floors plus much more. I have a manual from a later model that had similar parts because even after talking to Simplicity’s own archive manual expert they don’t have any info from that far back!! The belt sander is the king of large, flat surfaces, but it is also ideal for smoothing edges. And on most models, the belt is adjustable so you can set it horizontally, vertically, or at an angle in between. The flat spot on the left is where the disk for the disk sanding portion attaches with a set screw.
This particular 3 x 2 inch Belt Sander consists of plenty of features developed to assist you to getting the job done safely and handiness, including flush sanding using one side plus lever belt free for simple belt changes. One other noticeable exception is plastics, some plastics melt clogg belts and become a mess at high belt speeds, but ran way bellow wood speeds actually sand nicely. It cost nearly $80 more than the Performax belt sander I’ve been using for years.
The only job they’d use a belt sander for is for more detailed/finishing work, while a disc sander is much better for shaping and overall metal working. I replaced it with the newer equivalent from Sears not even a month ago, and have had nothing but problems with it. The motor sticks when the power is turned on, and I have to manually push the belt to get it started. Dust collection is adequte, although I don’t think any dust collection system for any kind of sander is ever more than just adequate, IMHO. I cannot see that the Delta 12 inch disk sander has anything on the HF. The Delta is over $300. Additionally, there are easy-to-use belt tension controls to provide fast belt changes.