What does a disk sander do that the belt on a combo sander or edge sander wouldn't do? I'm sure as soon as someone tells me, I'll be embarrassed, But right now, I just don't see it
I've had 2 disk/belt sanders (4x6 and 6x10). The advantage of the disk is that it pushes the workpiece straight down and has a relatively large table. I mostly used it for rounding over corners. I now have the Rigid oscillating belt/spindle sander and neither of the other two - that's all I need to say about the relative values of them :> I made a disk-sander wheel for the TS and pull that out whenever I need a disk sander...which is basically never.What does a disk sander do that the belt on a combo sander or edge sander wouldn't do? I'm sure as soon as someone tells me, I'll be embarrassed, But right now, I just don't see it
I make my own disks. From Klingspor's sandpaper bin, I buy scraps of paper (12" wide in my case) for $1.50 a pound, less my discount. Using drywall circle cutter, cutting from the backside of the paper, I cut a bunch of disks. Then I place a piece of plywood, with a couple bricks over them to flatten them out. (Remember they were rolled up in the sandpaper bin.) Using spray adhesive I attach them to my sander. Total cost per disk, less than a quarter, so wastage isn't an issue. When I build my Toys for Tot's cars, I use my disk to clean up bandsaw marks on the curved portion of the body, plus clean up the flat surfaces. Because the body is supported by the table, this is fairly easy to do. I also use my disk sander to clean up bandsawn circles. Brucebut the counterpoint to that is that you throw away a lot of unused abrasive in the middle of the disks.
Right now the Jet is on backorder. The steel city is $200 more but has 2HP vs 1 1/2.I have looked at it, and it's almost identical twin the Steel City. Either of them are in line with what I want to get. I have read comments on some of the older units being hard to get to 90 degrees, but nothing like that on the newer models.
That's what I was thinking. I am also going to talk to klingspor and see what they got to say........
As for the Jet, I would think you could get 10 percent off at Woodcraft with their sale coming up.
Have you ruled out the Grizzly based on a bad review? I've been considering one.
Unless a whole bunch of people suddenly contact me I don't think we have enough interest for a group sale, in fact, I not sure I will buy one. Not because of the deals or price but becuase I'm not convinced that it is the best solution for my shop right now. But, in terms of price, the stars have come together at the right moment.I very well may be interested.....Start the negotiations.