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Forum topic by BFamous posted 02-18-2019 01:33 AM 489 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-18-2019 01:33 AM

I’m looking to add a belt/disc sander combo to my shop, and looking at all ends of the spectrum in price… From HF’s $250 to Jet’s $850…

One thing I’ve never been able to get was the difference in quality for sanders, and the justification for a 3x price differential. When I look at the HF, it’s a 1HP motor, Jet has a 3/4HP motor… Jet has some nice features like positive stops at 45 and 90 – but none that a good job couldn’t make up for.

What would justify the price of a Jet, or even a mid tier Ryobi, or something like that?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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#1 posted 02-18-2019 09:08 AM

Better components and materials, “safer,” and should last a lot longer. A lot of HF tools are throwaway tools but some aren’t bad though. Not sure how easy it is to find replacement parts for the larger HF tools.

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#2 posted 02-18-2019 11:31 AM

Check the belt tightening mechanism. I had a Grizzly G1276, and on mine it was impossible to get the belt to track correctly. There were 2 adjusting screws, and balancing them was next to impossible (for me). As a side note, I paid aboit $450 for mine (I think, this was probably over 20 years ago) and see they are now $850.

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#3 posted 02-18-2019 03:30 PM

The biggest places you’re going to see the benefits in higher-end models are in the belt tensioning/tracking mechanisms and the work tables. You’ll also see it in the hardness and flatness of the platens. Depending on the work you will do with it, it may or may not be worth the extra expense. My biggest gripe with most combination sanders is the flimsy stamped steel tables that you can visibly deflect by quite a bit without putting that much pressure on it.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 02-18-2019 03:35 PM

Several years ago HD was taking the actual benchtop & stationary tools out of the store and replacing them with pictures of the tools, that you could send one of the “super courteous and helpful” employees to get for you from the overhead. The had all of the former display tools stacked up for 50% to 70% off, I grabbed a Ryobi Bechtop Sander That looks just like this one except it’s dark blue. I figured for $50 I’d just use it until I killed it and then see what comes next, but after several years it is still running fine, and it’s one of those tools that almost always get used for every project and/or anytime I have to chop something to size at the CMS the sander cleans up the edges super quick. It can be in the horizontal or vertical position but I’ve never needed to put it horizontal. Wood plastic, metal it has done them all, even occasional grinding/sharpening for my rough cut chisels.

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#5 posted 02-18-2019 08:06 PM

Take a look to see if the disc sander is in the way of using the full belt sander. Does the stop block on the belt sander allow you to use the full belt sanding area. Is the sander variable speed. Is the dust collection. Is the dust collection port in a easy area to hook up a hose… The HF combo: disc sander is in the way of the belt sander, you also loose 25% use of the belt sanding surface area because the stop block is forward. Same with the Jet… I would compare these with the Rikon #50-120, 6”x48” sander, $450.00. big difference. I almost bought the Rikon on sale at Menards for $360.00 with all my discounts, I should have bought the Rikon when it was on sale. I kick myself today for not getting it.

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