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New Belt Sander Needed...

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Danefraz, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. Apr 8, 2020
    Danefraz

    Danefraz Well-Known Member 2019 Sponsor

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    Howdy all.

    Looking for a recommendation on a 3x21 belt sander.

    I had the drag-racer B&D they came out with not long ago, and it was ****e. Must have been made by HF and relabled/recolored.

    Prior, I'd had a craftsman that ran for years...

    Looks like Porter Cable makes a decent one? I have a porter-cable palm sander that's bullet proof and might be 20 yrs old, needs a new pad but runs like a champ...

    I'm trying to keep the cost under $200, and cross fingers it will last more than 5 belts.
     
  2. Apr 8, 2020
    ITLKSEZ

    ITLKSEZ Volvophilic

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  3. Apr 8, 2020
    duffer

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    I would second ITLKSEZ. I still have a Rockwell version of the 3x21 PC (40 years old?). Still works as new but it has had two sets of bearings and numerous pattens. We also have two of the 4x24 versions which were used to sand all the timbers in my house. Never did need brushes or bearings but probably went though a dozen pattens between the two. Tough as nails!
     
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  4. Apr 9, 2020
    Twin2

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    really can't date this . but it's all metal
    one of things I picked up when dad passed
    only have used it a few times . not really a wood worker
    sander.jpg sander1.jpg
    as to buying new . no clue
     
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  5. Apr 9, 2020
    Lockman

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    Have the same model , from my Grand Dad. Still use it from time to time.
     
  6. Apr 9, 2020
    Danefraz

    Danefraz Well-Known Member 2019 Sponsor

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    That's an awesome Sherman Tank of a sander. Does it dim the lights and let a scream out of the basement when you run it? Seriously, it looks bullet proof. "Old Iron" hand tools.
     
  7. Apr 17, 2020
    jeep peep69

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    I have a 4x21 craftsman belt sander sitting collecting dust I can’t find new belts for it .
     
  8. Apr 18, 2020
    Cap-n-Cray

    Cap-n-Cray I want to do this again.. Staff Member

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    Porter-Cable for the win...

    I have several, but really like the 371 2-1/2 x 14 compact belt sander...

    https://www.amazon.com/4x21-Sanding-Belts-Craftsman-Assortment/dp/B07WT8YTRY
     

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