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Looking For A Bench Sander

Discussion in 'Grinders' started by Flinders Adventures, Aug 27, 2015.

  1. Flinders Adventures

    Flinders Adventures New Member

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    I'm brand new at this and have been looking at different bench sanders to get started. My budget on one for now tops out at about $300. I found the one which looks like it would do a good job. I'll mostly be doing Scandinavian grinds to start. I thought I'd throw this out to the community to let me know whether this is good / bad or if there are maybe other options in my price range that might be better. This is the sander I'm looking at so far

    https://www.lowes.ca/polishers-sand...h-sander_g1198865.html?searchTerm=Belt+Sander
     
  2. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    Hi,

    I have a Mastercraft (Canadian Tire) 4"x36" and I still use it quite a bit.
    http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/mastercraft-4-in-belt-disc-sander-0553559p.html
    These are on sale all the time for around $100. It may be inferior to the Porter-Cable, but it still gets regular use in my shop.

    For knifemakers starting out, a 1"x30" seems to be the go to machine.
    http://www.busybeetools.com/products/sander-1in-x30in-belt-and-5in-disc-csa.html
    https://www.kmstools.com/king-canada-belt-disc-sander-18925

    There are tons of different belts available for 1"x30".

    Check on Kijiji. I picked up a 1"x"30" combo for $35.

    Hope this helps!

    Dan
     
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  3. Rob W

    Rob W Active Member

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    a proper 2 x 72 is a big investment and until you know that its really something you want to pursue this little belt sander will get you started.....if you stick with it down the road you will probably have one of these here that you posted anyways.......I use mine alot for flats and handles but not for grinding bevels and blades.........
     
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  4. Jim T

    Jim T Active Member

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    My very first grinder was a Sears model with dimensions very similar to the Porter-Cable you're looking at. Like you, I was on a tight budget when it came to investing in equipment. Long story short, the motor burnt out completely while I was grinding my third blade. Had a heck of a time getting my money back even though it was warrantied for a year.

    I don’t know about the Porter-Cable, but there was a lot of cheap plastic in the Sears model and I ended up being very sorry I bought it. I bit the bullet and bought a decent 2” by 72” grinder after that and I’ve been using it ever since. Just my 2 cents.

    Jim T
     
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  5. Flinders Adventures

    Flinders Adventures New Member

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    Thanks guys. I've been doing more research and think it's a good idea to invest in a 2 x 72. The grizzly g1015 looks like a good start, And doubles as a buffer
     
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    2 x 72 is ideal if you have the full out knife making bug. The belts are a lot more cost effective. Keep an eye out on kijiji and maby you can get some kind of belt grinder dirt cheap to get you going and then maby even build your dream 2 x 72.
     
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  7. Slannesh

    Slannesh Active Member

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    New myself but since I couldn't put out a couple thousand dollars on a 2x72 to try making knives I bought a 1x30 from KML. I believe I paid $120 before tax and shipping. After seeing lots of these little ones around i'm convinced almost all of them are the same machine, Princess Auto had one on sale a couple weeks ago for $100. Needs a bigger tool rest and the platen is pretty crappy but I've managed so far.

    The nice thing about 1x30 is you can get a lot of belts. Not quite the selection that 2x72 gets you, but a lot more than the 4x36 ones. Lee Valley is where I've been getting mine so far. Haven't had any luck finding trizact Gator belts or actual Ceramic belts in Canada, but the blue zirconia ones seem to do the trick for the moment.

    I do have plans to get a 2x72 built, just in the process of getting parts together and I have a friend that's a welder who is interested in trading his time and steel for a knife :)
     
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  8. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker

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    I went the same way with a 1x30" to start. A year later I built my 2x72". The cool thing is that I still use the 1x30" for lots of little things, light woodwork, sanding leather, deburring etc.
     
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