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Does anyone have experience with Sand-Flee surface sander? There is a used one for sale for $150. I am tempted to buy it, but I like to hear about your experience. I understand it uses velcro back sandpaper. Are they easy to find? Where can I purchase them?
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I have a very old 9 inch sander (50+yo) that works similarly to the sand flee. It works great on my smaller signs

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That is a cool sander! Would be great for surfacing cutting boards and other end grain items. Pricey...
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What a cool machine, I have never seen it before. I think it would be very useful in the shop. The price is hi though, but I can think of many times I could have used one. For $150, you can't go wrong if it is in good shape. If yo get it, please give us a review, it looks quite interesting. I am sure it you don't like it you will be able to get you money back on a resale.

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That is a cool sander! Would be great for surfacing cutting boards and other end grain items. Pricey...
According to the 1949 price list, my little one was $60...which would be $641.87, and that is just for a 9 inch.... not too far off, I guess

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A new one to me and I would agree that if it is in good shape it would be worth the money. Not sure I would pay full list vs. a standard drum sander however.
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Here are some reviews from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Sand-Flee-Por...ews/B0036AYY5S

I looked at what one reviewer said was the original from Stockroom Supply here in Canada as that is where I get my bandsaw blades from. According to Doug's post it could be much older than that. It seems over priced for what it is. It has the same limitations that a jointer does and works the same way a jointer does. In other words it will flatten one side but you could be flattening a wedge. Reviews say it needs a stronger motor but maybe those users were pushing on it too hard. I have a drum sander and it will only take off a few thou per pass.
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Mine works great for getting the paint off of the faces of signs after I fill in the letters. 120 grit, just a couple of passes. Faster then using the drum sander because I don't have to set the height of the sanding head.

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Thank you for your feedback. It was sold before I got to it - I guess it wasn't meant for me.

It seems to me the critical part of this type of sander is the drum - has to be perfectly round, holds sandpaper steady, and uniformly even to the supporting surface. It may be difficult to get critical factors just right with homemade version. Well, I don't have that skill that some of you have.
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I built the Stockroom Supply version, using their hardware. It does a good job on panels. It's not the fastest for flattening, though. It's not a substitute for the planer. But, a truly flat and smooth surface can be obtained.

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