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Old 01-28-2012, 02:14 PM
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lets chat about belt sanders

I have one of those small belt top versions right now that I love and use all the time. but I really would like something more heavy duty. any thoughts?

I see stuff like this come up on locals sites.. whats a good brand and good hp to look into?




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Old 01-29-2012, 09:03 AM
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I dont know any specifics about them
we had them at all the gas tanker shops I have worked at, they are great if you do a lot of alum. work
I would like to have one for home, but I dont have the room
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Burr-King is the top of the line, but hang on to your wallet.

I have a Grizzly 12" dics, 6 x48 belt sander. Have had it for over 15 years and never had a problem.
I think I paid $199 for it new. Just looked and it is now $800 YIKES !

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Yep, nothing better than a Burr-King.

The "Industrial" standard for abrasive belt Horsepower is 1HP per inch of belt width. Before I get flamed let me say you never see that on most everything. E.g., usually its 1/3 hp on a 1" or 2" belt. Rarely is it even 1hp on a 6" width. An industrial strength 1" wide belt should be 1HP. You can't appreciate the difference until you use one.
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great info thanks alot now I have a idea what to look for.
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We have a brand new Menards 6 in belt 9 in disc sander. It went up in flames after deburring about 20 1" dia tubes. Nothing with heavy sparks, just an edge break on .058 wall round tune. The dang plactic guards all went up in thick black smoke and flames. We had to use a 10# fire extinguisher on the thing. What a mess.

We got a replacement and it too nearly went up in flames. We could smell it right away so we took off the bottom guards which are plastic and you could see where just small grinding dust had started melting the plastic.

I think these are for woodworking and really not suitable for steel use.

Ironically at another shop I do a lot of work at has one and has had no problem with it and they grind the death out of steel.
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We have a brand new Menards 6 in belt 9 in disc sander. It went up in flames after deburring about 20 1" dia tubes. Nothing with heavy sparks, just an edge break on .058 wall round tune. The dang plactic guards all went up in thick black smoke and flames. We had to use a 10# fire extinguisher on the thing. What a mess.

We got a replacement and it too nearly went up in flames. We could smell it right away so we took off the bottom guards which are plastic and you could see where just small grinding dust had started melting the plastic.

I think these are for woodworking and really not suitable for steel use.

Ironically at another shop I do a lot of work at has one and has had no problem with it and they grind the death out of steel.
Maybe theirs was built with steel guards?
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If you dig around evil-bay....look for old Porter Cable stationary sanders.They're one of the best kept secrets in sander/belt grinder world.

Folks get scared of them because theres absolutely NO parts availible.Which is funny,'cause about the only thing that wears out on these monsters is the bearings.....which is a no-brainer getting and replacing.Ideally,you'd find one thats "not working" goin for scrap prices.Or maybe one with a cracked casting,missing sheetmetal.I think theres a 10" on the 'Bay now.But am really talkin bigger than that.BW
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I have a Jet JSG-6 belt sander that I purchased over 25 years ago for about $400.00. It looks like the Grizzly except it gray in color. It has a 1HP motor that doesn’t bog down under heavy grinding. I have cleaned up ¼ and ⅜ inch thick brackets after torch cutting with no problem. The first time I used alum oxide belts that I got were for wood working even though they said it can be used for metal. The alum oxide will grind the plates but the belt backing material became distorted, buckled and warped due to the heat generated and would wander all over and essentially were throw away even though there was alum oxide left on the belt. I found out that you need belts that are designed for metal sanding. I have used both Norton and Klingspor belts and they will not distort and last a long time under severe work. I use rough grits for the belts and a fine grit for the disc as a finish grind. Also if you grind alum you need a special dressing to apply to the belts to keep the filings from clogging up the abrasive grit. Good luck.
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