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    El Cheapo Makes A Belt Sander (Stand)

    I can see how a belt grinder would be handy in my shop, but the cost of a good one + space limitations had me daydreaming again.

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    All scrap: 3/16" bottom plate and some bent and shaped 22ga (I think - plenty stiff) for the square handle rest/clamp. The front curled piece is another part from my scraper discards.

    Besides rushing the beads, I'm quite pleased with the result. Ordered some silicon oxide belts but the wood ones prove it will work just fine for what I need.
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    Looks good. I put round bar in a 1/2" drill and turn it that way. Nice even point.
    Looks like you are sanding rebar, but it is just a tip for the future.


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    Nice work, Shootr!


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    Re: El Cheapo Makes A Belt Sander (Stand)

    Very resourceful, this would be a perfect addition to your budget belt sander.....

    https://www.harborfreight.com/power-...tch-96619.html

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    Re: El Cheapo Makes A Belt Sander (Stand)

    ive had a foot pedal switch on my drill press for as long as i can remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by camfab View Post
    Very resourceful, this would be a perfect addition to your budget belt sander.....

    https://www.harborfreight.com/power-...tch-96619.html
    I have one on my bandsaw - so handy! I'm not going to worry about it on the belt sander, it has a button lock already and as seldom as I'll use it I'm not going to get one for it - yet.
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    El Cheapo Makes A Belt Sander (Stand)

    While we are on the subject of foot switches... I have several and I would like to pass along a “what NOT to do” tip.

    I thought I was being smart mounting this foot switch for a bandsaw’s permanent “ handy but out of the way” installation.






    And yes I know it should be obvious that you lose stability with one foot raised (with fingers adjacent to a fast moving sharp blade) but in my defence I never finished high school.


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    Quote Originally Posted by camfab View Post
    Very resourceful, this would be a perfect addition to your budget belt sander.....

    https://www.harborfreight.com/power-...tch-96619.html
    A foot pedal switch is really handy for sure.
    I bought that HF one which was inexpensive and it works. After using one you'll love it. It's a real plus on a drill press.
    I bought this one from Amazon and it's definitely worth the extra $$$$.
    A 1900 box with a switch, outlet, and plug in cord is something to consider. Power to switch activates outlet. Leave sander switch on and use switch in 1900 box.
    I made this when my HF sander switch broke.

    https://www.amazon.com/MLCS-9080-Bil...switch&sr=8-15


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    Quote Originally Posted by BD1 View Post
    A foot pedal switch is really handy for sure.
    I bought that HF one which was inexpensive and it works. After using one you'll love it. It's a real plus on a drill press.
    I bought this one from Amazon and it's definitely worth the extra $$$$.
    A 1900 box with a switch, outlet, and plug in cord is something to consider. Power to switch activates outlet. Leave sander switch on and use switch in 1900 box.
    I made this when my HF sander switch broke.

    https://www.amazon.com/MLCS-9080-Bil...switch&sr=8-15


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    what are the differences between the HF and amazon foot switches? both look the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by filetobeef View Post
    what are the differences between the HF and amazon foot switches? both look the same.
    The HF switch is most likely made by Mai(left in the pic) while the Amazon switch was made by Mei(Right in pic)
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    Quote Originally Posted by filetobeef View Post
    what are the differences between the HF and amazon foot switches? both look the same.
    Besides the price, the HF one feels like it's gonna fall part. I'm sure the mercury type switch is definitely a cheap one.
    The HF is 90 day warranty like many of their items.
    Amazon one is 3 years.
    If you close your eyes and depress them, you can tell which one is the HF.


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    I have had a HF one for years on my shopvac. Really handing when running the milling machine. Keep the nozzle at the tool and the mess off the floor. I hate bending over to clean the floor.

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    Re: El Cheapo Makes A Belt Sander (Stand)

    I wish I had a belt sander for evening up diagonal cuts on square tubing. I usually torch cut them, and I never seem to get the edges to match up perfectly.

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    I have a HF foot switch on my Milwaukee Porta Bandsaw with a SWAG stand which has been working for many years. The one thing I didn't like about the foot switch was where the cord came out (on the side). I took apart the foot switch and made the cord come out next to the plug outlet (much better now!).

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    Re: El Cheapo Makes A Belt Sander (Stand)

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    Lis, I noticed that you had a dentist's exam lamp up in the corner of your photo. Do they use 110v or 220v? If 110v, I might try to talk my dentist out of his if and when he replaces if.

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    [QUOTE=shortfuse;8800207][QUOTE=Lis2323;8799321]

    Lis, I noticed that you had a dentist's exam lamp up in the corner of your photo. Do they use 110v or 220v? If 110v, I might try to talk my dentist out of his if and when he replaces if.
    110v shortfuse. It was a dual head unit which I separated and fabricated new mounts for. Here is the other unit on another bench.




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    Quote Originally Posted by farmersammm View Post
    I wish I had a belt sander for evening up diagonal cuts on square tubing. I usually torch cut them, and I never seem to get the edges to match up perfectly.
    I got this one a few years ago and fitted it up with some high quality Zirconium abrasives and it does an awesome job of squaring up tubing ends on the belt, very easy to keep the tubing plumb and up against the guard plate. I use it to square up cuts on ABS pipe too, you'd think it would load up the belt but it doesn't. It just wads up the plastic on the edges of the pipe into a hairball where you can clean it off with your thumb nail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    110v shortfuse. It was a dual head unit which I separated and fabricated new mounts for. Here is the other unit on another bench.
    OK, thanks. I'll hit him up on my next tooth visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortfuse View Post
    OK, thanks. I'll hit him up on my next tooth visit.
    When I go I always grab a couple of these anti-spatter applicators.




    They give them out FREE !


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lis2323 View Post
    When I go I always grab a couple of these anti-spatter applicators.




    They give them out FREE !


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    Every time I use them for different 'chemical' applications they are a real bugger to clean!!! I mean you can still taste the anti-spatter and other things afterwards no matter how much brake cleaner I spray on them to clean em'....

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    Re: El Cheapo Makes A Belt Sander (Stand)

    Quote Originally Posted by bigb View Post
    I got this one a few years ago and fitted it up with some high quality Zirconium abrasives and it does an awesome job of squaring up tubing ends on the belt, very easy to keep the tubing plumb and up against the guard plate. I use it to square up cuts on ABS pipe too, you'd think it would load up the belt but it doesn't. It just wads up the plastic on the edges of the pipe into a hairball where you can clean it off with your thumb nail.
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    Thanks for the information, guys. It is really useful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shootr View Post
    I can see how a belt grinder would be handy in my shop, but the cost of a good one + space limitations had me daydreaming again.

    Nice work shootr! I have a couple of the benchtop sanders but they are pretty cumbersome when space is limited. So I bought a 10amp Bauer 4" x 24". I also plan to make a support stand for it, but it will be vertical, so as to replace the larger 4" x 36". Shame those larger 4 x 36 benchtop models are mostly all 6amp smaller motors.
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    I will wait for photos of your work

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    Where did you buy it?

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