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Forum topic by nate22 posted 11-18-2019 01:48 AM 479 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2019 01:48 AM

I am looking at buying a few new tools like a belt sander, oscillating sander, and maybe a planner. I was wondering if anyone has used the brand called performance? I got a router that is that brand and it has worked pretty good. I was seeing if anyone has used that brand or what brands are good for the tools I said. I want to make band saw boxes so that’s what I need them for.

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#1 posted 11-18-2019 01:33 PM

Hi Nate. I think Performance is sold by Menards.
Do you want a hand belt sander or a machine? Which ever one you get, but one with a popular sized belt like a 4×36 in a machine sander or 3×18 in a hand belt sander. You can good buy on belts in quantity for those sizes.

For a spindle sander most brands are pretty good. don’t buy a Jet that has the individual spindles that are threaded on the bottom and use a left handed thread to screw in. They gall up and and are a bugger to get loose. Get one that has a permanent 1/2” shaft ( 4 1/2 or 6”) that you slide the sleeves on. I have a Ryobi OSS450 and I love it. Look at the Rigid oscillating belt sander. It sands with a horizontal belt and won’t put cross grain scratches when doing contour work.

Check out CPO tools. I have puruchased a lot of tools from them and they have big sale on right now:

Cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 11-18-2019 08:49 PM

Wen tools have been getting good reviews lately. They have been around for a long time. I have several WEN tools and very satisfied with them. I have a spindle sander, a scroll saw and an old hand planer.

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#3 posted 11-19-2019 12:05 AM

For an oscillating sander, Ridgid has always been a go to. It has a larger table than pretty much any of the other clones. Lifetime warranty as well, I believe, to the original owner, of course.

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#4 posted 11-19-2019 03:13 AM

You know there are a few tool companies that have just one tool that is their bread and butter item. Skil has their worm drive Skilsaw. Arguably the best worm drive saw on the market. Milwaukie has their Sawsall. The list goes on. Do your diligent research, buy the best you can find for each particular job. Spend your money wisely, Buy the best you can afford and you will be happier in the long run. Remember if you buy a cheap tool you will buy it many times. If you buy the best it will last you a life time. The choice is yours.

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#5 posted 11-19-2019 07:42 PM

I think the only belt sanders out there worth buying are the porter cables. I think Bosch quit making them…

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#6 posted 11-19-2019 07:59 PM

I’ve had my 16” (belt) craftsman belt sander for 50 years. No kidding. It’s still working in my shop. I use it often. Can’t be killed. If you can find one on craigslist or someplace else I’d consider it.

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#7 posted 11-19-2019 08:15 PM

When looking at belt sanders, look for one that you can clamp on its side(the one side will sit flush on the table); and some come with an angled handle attachment so you can clamp it to the table upside down. My makita is like this, so it can be stationary in a vertical or horizontal fashion. I also use the front “wheel” as a makeshift spindle sometimes.

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#8 posted 11-20-2019 06:40 AM

I’m not sure where Performance is sold (Menards does have a couple tools called Performance), but Performax is sold by Menards. The Performax tools I’ve purchased seemed to be inexpensive tools like the Harbor Freight brand.

Rigid is a good inexpensive tool brand. I don’t have any, but my son-in-law has been buying the Rigid brand and likes the Rigid tools. The Rigid Osculating belt/spindle sander is like a two-in-one tool. A 4”x36” belt/disc sander is handy. A 12” planer is good to have for a small shop. Try to get something that will at least hook up to a dust collector, such as a Shop Vac or better.

Harbor Freight tools only have a 90 day warranty. you have to pay extra at the check out, to get a 12 month warranty.

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