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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-26-2018, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I am in the market for a new 6x48" belt sander. The price ranges from a couple hundred to a couple thousand.

I have two sanders right now with stands, one has parts that are just plain worn out and will be a real pain to replace. The other just doesn't have enough power to keep the belt turning with any pressure applied to it. We just adjusted the belt, but still a no go.

I think a bench sander would be fine as I can attach it to one of the stand that I currently have. I wont use the disc, so it not a factor. The big thing is the 6x48" belt size.

What are you recommendations for a good commercial sander that would be running for a couple hours a day on a slow day to 5-6 hours on a busy day?

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What parts can you make yourself, can you just get a new motor for the one that won't turn? I know neither of those options are as nice as a new tool would be, but if you can get by on the cheap and still have 2 good sanders, the extra money can go for some sweet wood, or a tool that you don't yet have.

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What parts can you make yourself, can you just get a new motor for the one that won't turn? I know neither of those options are as nice as a new tool would be, but if you can get by on the cheap and still have 2 good sanders, the extra money can go for some sweet wood, or a tool that you don't yet have.

Good point. I can't make any of a the parts, but both motors turn fine. The one just doesn't have much power. Its a 1 HP, but it wont keep the sanding belt turning when you apply some pressure.

The other one needs new bushing on the front roller. I dont know if the shaft is worn, but there is a lot of play between the shaft and bushings. They should have been replaced years ago, but just didnt know how...but now its at the point that it need to be fixed or replaced.
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I agree, fix it is the first option. OR, make one...
https://woodgears.ca/belt_sander/plans/index.html

Either way, you should be able to fix them next time.

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For a "new" motor, you may find a good deal on a used tool that you really don't want, or that isn't in very good condition, but all YOU'RE looking for is a motor upgrade so that's what you would be looking for, cheaper than buying a new motor, and often times cheaper than buying a used motor only.
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I agree, fix it is the first option. OR, make one...
https://woodgears.ca/belt_sander/plans/index.html https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tdSaE663AU

Either way, you should be able to fix them next time.
That's also something I was implying with my first comment, as well as what can you simply fabricate for parts.

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Ok, I think I will take a stroll down the fix it path and see where I end up. Then I will look at powermatic... building my own is probably not a path I will take, although interesting and Matthias' engineering and builds are always a joy to watch.
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I can beat that.
https://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-x...der-61750.html
They also have a 4" model that is $70.

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