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Author Topic: belt sander for polishing?  (Read 1746 times)

Offline isal

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belt sander for polishing?
« on: Jul 12, 2012, 15:32:00 »
Just got an email from Harbor Freight.  They've got a 1" belt sander for $35 with a coupon.  Anyone have any thoughts on using a belt sander as a polishing tool?  I was thinking that with a 600 grit belt it could make pretty short work of a lot of real estate.

Offline JRK5892

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Re: belt sander for polishing?
« Reply #1 on: Jul 12, 2012, 17:32:15 »
no way man much to agressive
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Offline DuckHunterJon

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Re: belt sander for polishing?
« Reply #2 on: Jul 12, 2012, 17:35:09 »
Also, belt sanders are great at putting flat spots on curves if you don't keep the part moving.  Keep them in the wood shop.

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Re: belt sander for polishing?
« Reply #3 on: Jul 12, 2012, 18:04:27 »
Good luck finding any kind of sanding belt finer than 120 grit.
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Offline isal

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Re: belt sander for polishing?
« Reply #4 on: Jul 12, 2012, 20:02:23 »
Alright, that's a hell no to the belt sander.  Thanks for everyones' input.

Offline JRK5892

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Re: belt sander for polishing?
« Reply #5 on: Jul 12, 2012, 20:05:11 »
HF does have the buffer on sale right now though and it works ok from what my customers have told me
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Offline isal

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Re: belt sander for polishing?
« Reply #6 on: Jul 13, 2012, 01:28:32 »
Joe, I saw that one too.  Only problem is it broke my $40 pain threshold.  I thought the belt sander was interesting because the idea of hand sanding anything makes my carpal tunnel scream bloody murder.  OTOH, I should probably consider the buffer too.  I have a bench grinder, but that buffer looks like it would be easier to bigger parts under.

Offline crazypj

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Re: belt sander for polishing?
« Reply #7 on: Jul 19, 2012, 14:52:17 »
If you get buffer, spring the extra cash for 8"
Belt sander will work as a linisher, just use red rough on belt.
It will still be real aggressive but will also make short work of nasty stuff.
1" is really a bit narrow though, most linishers are 4"~6" (maybe wider but I've never used one of those)
Generally better to use a stitched mop, cement and emery powder to make super fine 'soft' grinding wheels on a polisher
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