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02-11-2022 03:12 PM

Hey all. Looking for a belt disc sander for my basement workshop. No room for an edge sander. Thought about used but there is literally zip on CL in my neck of the woods. Read as much on the 2 specific models I’m considering but most of it is really old. Hoping to get some new feedback and or advice. First one I’m looking at is the Rikon 50-120. I like the compactness and price is better than the next. Not thrilled about the wacky dust port sizes. Next would be the Jet JSG-96. Not as compact. I like the dust collection setup. Price is a lot more. Reviews are all over on both. Either one would be mounted to a rolling {maybe flip} cart. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Have a great day

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#1 posted 02-16-2022 09:54 PM

Of the 2 I favor the Rikon. I have an old Craftsman, which I was going to sell off, and buy that Rikon. Covid lockdown, got me tinkering with my old unit, and I decided to spend “new” money on a different tool.

The WoodCraft near me has one of the Rikon out as a user in the shop, so I have used it a number of times, you would like it, I believe it would also give you some bux to spend on wood to do some projects if you got it instead of the JET.

I felt the dust collection of the Rikon was fine, hooked to a 4” line on a decent DC unit.

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#2 posted 02-17-2022 03:53 AM

Grizzly G1014ZX

I have the Grizzly.

It has served me great. I now have a Grizzly edge sander to compliment it.

It has the enclosed stand, and as far as the dust collection, I visited the plumbing department to create a nice transition into the system.

Grizzly G1014Z

The other one is the same as far as I can tell but with an open stand.

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#3 posted 02-17-2022 12:40 PM

I’ve had the Rikon a couple years. It’s a decent machine for the money and has served me well.

The disc table is a little cheesy to me, so is the Mickey Mouse miter gauge – but, they work.

Table could be larger – easily remedied.

I’ve got it hooks to a dedicated shop vac pretty sure the fitting matched ok.

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#4 posted 02-17-2022 07:13 PM

I have an old Belsaw machine (made in USA). It uses a 1”x42” belt and an 8” disc. It has to be about 50 years old but still works perfectly. Try looking on E-bay for a Belsaw belt/disc sander. It will be better than any new machine out there.

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#5 posted 02-17-2022 09:11 PM

Have just bought one at Harbor my old Craftsman finally died….just under $70…And…it wasn’t even their top of the line model ( $60 more) 4×36 belt, 6” disc…


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#6 posted 02-17-2022 09:19 PM

I wouldn’t invest a lot unless you know you’ll use it a lot.

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#7 posted 02-18-2022 12:42 AM

I have the Rikon and It works great. I agree the miter gage is a bit underwhelming but it works. Dust port has not been an issue at all.

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#8 posted 02-18-2022 01:33 PM

Thanks for the replies. Still searching and researching. Anyone have any dealings with Bucktool. They have a 6×48 that looks interesting. BUCKTOOL BD61000. Just a thought

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#9 posted 02-18-2022 02:53 PM

Menards is local to me. I realize they haven’t covered the country yet, but if you plan the Rikon, it’s currently on sale for $299.00


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I’d be seeing about home delivery, even after deciding NOT to get one of these, I’m buying at this price. I can do store pick up, which is free, home delivery there is a charge, but it’s still over a Hundred less than I’ve seen it at Rockler, or WoodCraft.

Follow instructions for obtaining receipt copy, and forms for rebate. Rebates can be used on future purchases. I shop only at Menards anymore, and with their rebates find myself saving a lot versus HD, or Lowes.

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#10 posted 02-18-2022 03:28 PM

Home depot will honor the 11% off sales from Menards

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#11 posted 02-18-2022 03:48 PM

That sale is 180 bux off of 479. Thats a boatload more than 11%

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#12 posted 02-18-2022 03:55 PM

That is a great deal even with $45 shipping. No stores near me and the only concern I would have is if it got beat up in transit and I had to return it. Not sure how the packing is on Rikon products. Home Depot does not carry Rikon

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#13 posted 02-18-2022 05:39 PM

Note that the rebate is in store only, not mail order. Heck of a deal though

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#14 posted 02-18-2022 08:02 PM

Thanks brtech. That definitely changes things

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#15 posted 02-18-2022 09:28 PM

I have the Rikon 6×48 and it is a good sander.

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