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Aug 17, 2017

Sanding (Belt) machine


Edited: Aug 17, 2017

Your dad seems to like his 1 inch belt sander more than the 4 inch one. Why? Would a wood machine using 120 or 180 grit belts also work?

Frank Donahue
Aug 19, 2017

Both a 1 inch and a 4 inch wide belt sander are very handy I tend to use the 1 inch sander more for jobs that require getting into tighter spots and they tend to have a better table setup on them from the factory

also as to grits of belts I like to have 130 and 180 on hand at all times I use 120 as my rough belt for removing larger bits of metal but not your skin . it tends to work much faster, on softer things. I will all ways try to get a good heavy weight cloth backed belt with aluminum oxide sanding grit

I hope this helps

have a good day and a better tomorrow


Aug 19, 2017

Thanks, I am in the very beginning for a new (to be) hobby and am trying hard to do as much as possible right the first time (in aquiring some machines to begin with). First to thing to get must be a lathe; looking at Myford super 7 (metric) machines but there are not many good ones around (or they cost 3000 pounds and more) in NL.

Frank Donahue
Aug 20, 2017

if I was to chose between the 2 machines I would most likely buy a 1 inch belt sander first as it is most likely the more useful of the 2 you can get either one with just the belt sander or you can get them with a smallish disk sander too (around 5 inch disk) good luck setting up your new shop

have a good day and a better tomorrow


Aug 22, 2017Edited: Aug 22, 2017

I have been looking around and find really cheap (60 pounds) 25 mm belt sanders with the 5" disk included. I cannot believe you can buy something really useful for that kind of money. Options seem limited to cheap ones only (

100 mm (4") belt sanders seem to be more readily available in a wide price (and quality) range.

Can you simply buy a machine advertised for wood working? I cannot think of any difference other than that wood doesn't spark. Is the speed or type of band any factor?

Looking at the cheap thing it doesn't really look that bad?

Frank Donahue
Aug 28, 2017

Yes the speed of the belt is a bit faster on the sanders meant for wood, but they will still work on metal I use the general duty belts for mine just in finer grits 180 and higher for metal I do know that they make belts meant just for metal working and they will most likely work better and last longer but I find the general duty to be a bit cheaper to buy


KM6VV Marconett
Aug 30, 2017

Although I have a 4" belt sander, I recently bought a 1" belt sander after seeing Keith use one several times. I really like it! I'm still surprised how much I use it. Much more useful for model engineering then the 4" belt sander.

Aug 31, 2017

Hi Charlotte, your dad certainly likes to use his 1" sander, as I do also. What supplier does he get his belts from. I have had belts from various places and have never managed to find any decent ones which do not bump and bang and thump and grunch every time the belt goes round when the joint hits the job.

Keep up the good work.

The videos are a pleasure to watch.


Donald from Bonnie Scotland.

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