Turning Archive 2005

Subject:
What a Difference a Few Inches Make - Gloat *PIC*

Mark Kauder. Phenix City, AL
>No, it is not what you dirty minded people think!!

For the last couple of years, I have been using the belt sander on a Delta Combination sander to flatten my segmented rings. This sander has a 1/3hp motor driving a 4"x36" belt and a 6" disk. Works well enough, but using it, I was limited to 12" diameter rings - for larger rings I mounted them on my Cole Jaws and flattened them on the lathe - a much longer process.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, a fellow WC member in north Georgia was offering for sale a nearly new, seldom used Delta Combination sander with 6"x48' belt and 9" disk for only $150. I snapped it up, and he was nice enough to deliver it yesterday on his way to Warner-Robbins, GA.

OH MY GOSH, WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!!

This thing is huge - much larger than the numerical difference would indicate. It has a 1HP motor, and boy can it remove wood. There is no stalling it like I could with the smaller one. I can flatten something closer to 16". It has a 2.5" dust port, that is not very effective, but I am going to see what I can do to improve that.

Thanks for listening to my gloat.

Mark

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