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01-11-2019 03:36 PM

Hey Guys,

Since I already did a quick review of the HF Mini Wood Lathe. I thought I would also do a review for everyone on the 4×36 HF Disc and Belt Sander Combo.

I should have done a little more research on this unit before I made the purchase.

If you are thinking about buying this machine, watch this unbiased review and see if it makes sense for your application.


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#1 posted 01-11-2019 04:31 PM

I had wanted a belt/disk sander for months, had looked at lots of options. The HF 4xd36 was obviously too small for my needs so it was not really considered; however, the 6×48 was more interesting. I looked at it every time I went in the store, but kept waiting for it to go on sale (unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to happen very often). Then one day I received an email from HF with a 25%-off coupon, and I figured that was a sign that it was time to buy. I’ve had the 6×48 for a while now and used it pretty hard. My only real complaint is the dinky table for the disk sander—it’s just too flimsy for serious work (but I understand Grizzly makes a heavier cast table that will fit). I tossed the plastic miter gauge and made a couple of fixed angle (45 & 90) gauges from hardwood scraps; they work fine. The sheetmetal stand is also flimsy and vibrates, but it does the job adequately; I’ll eventually built a better stand. And I agree about the original sandpaper (80 grit)—that was quickly replaced with 120 grit.

Overall, I’m pleased with the sander and would recommend it.

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#2 posted 01-22-2019 06:35 AM



I had wanted a belt/disk sander for months, had looked at lots of options. The HF 4xd36 was obviously too small for my needs so it was not really considered; however, the 6×48 was more interesting. I looked at it every time I went in the store, but kept waiting for it to go on sale (unfortunately, that doesn t seem to happen very often). Then one day I received an email from HF with a 25%-off coupon, and I figured that was a sign that it was time to buy. I ve had the 6×48 for a while now and used it pretty hard. My only real complaint is the dinky table for the disk sander—it s just too flimsy for serious work (but I understand Grizzly makes a heavier cast table that will fit). I tossed the plastic miter gauge and made a couple of fixed angle (45 & 90) gauges from hardwood scraps; they work fine. The sheetmetal stand is also flimsy and vibrates, but it does the job adequately; I ll eventually built a better stand. And I agree about the original sandpaper (80 grit)—that was quickly replaced with 120 grit.

Overall, I m pleased with the sander and would recommend it.

- PPBart

I personally don’t use the belt portion of the sander that often. I have found the 12” disc sander to work well for the price. We had the combo for many years in our production shop. If used within it’s limits that thing lasted over 12 years for us! Def not the best, but it also was not a 3k Burr King. We didn’t need that.

You think the table is small on the 6×48 try the 4×36 it’s pretty worthless LOL

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#3 posted 01-22-2019 03:14 PM

I had picked up one of these small 4×36 belt disc sanders some years ago at a sidewalk sale. It was an open box item that I was able to see that it had enough parts to be usable. As it turned out it was complete. It wore a tag that said wouldn’t run. I asked the guy outside if there was a place I could plug it in, and he pointed to an extension cord.

It hummed when I started. I loosened the set nut on the tension, and it roared to life. I looked at the guy, and said 5 bux? He said ok.

I will state if you are looking for a belt sander to do everything, KEEP LOOKING.

If you want a small parts sander that will allow you to do work like make the tapers on Shaker nesting boxes, touch up a slightly ragged edge on something before hand work on finishing. This may be your sander.

You can place your palm on it and quickly bring it to a stop, no damage to the hand either. It is as small as it appears, and will not do beast work. For that buy 6 X 48 with at least 1HP.

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#4 posted 01-22-2019 05:13 PM

One size does no fit all. I keep buying sanders when I find a job that needs sanding and my current line up of sanders won’t do the job. So far I have a 12” disc sander, a 9” disc and 1” belt sander, an oscillating spindle sander, a horizontal 48” edge sander, finishing, ROS, 4” belt sanders. I don’t have a drum sander yet.

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