What tool do you use to sand inside your bowls? I have a 2" sanding pad and just ordered a ton of sandpaper for it, got organized and built a cabinet under my lathe with a few drawers. One of which holds all the sand paper. Very excited to use it. So recently I turned a NE Maple bowl (pics to come in a different post). I whipped out a Tool Shop brand right angle drill that I bought awhile back for this specific operation. It was a cheapo I think I paid $35 for it. I used that in combination with the 2" sanding pad to turn and finish the NE bowl I made.
Well, a couple of days later (yesterday)... I started another NE bowl. I finished the outside of the bowl and started sanding through the grits. When I got to 600, the drill died. Completely stopped working without warning. Sanding 1 1/2 bowls worth is all I've used this drill for, it's brand new. The thing did get pretty hot pretty fast but I dealt with it. I don't know if this is what caused it? So while I was out running around to different stores today I stopped at Menard's (where I perchased it months ago) and the box said 1 year warranty. I'm almost positive I don't still have the receipt but they do have a machine there where you can look up all of your purchases. The thing is I know I bought it months ago so it might be time consuming trying to find that receipt. Anyone have this drill or witness the same problem? Do you think I could just take it in and ask for a new one?
Another store I stopped at while I was out today was Harbor Freight. I picked up a right angle drill from there for $30 and paid an extra $10 for a 2 year plan. Actually it's almost identical to the Tool Shop one. The guy said if it breaks within that 2 years you can bring it back and they'll give you a brand new one, no questions asked. So now I thought, well for $40 I can get at least 2 years out of it. BUT before I open that one and start using it I thought I'd ask everyone's opinion and maybe there's someone or something out there that will lead me in a different direction.
I hardly ever waste my time or money on cheap tools, but I thought "hey for $35 I'll get this cheap angle drill since all I'm going to do with it is sand bowls." But to stop working after 1 1/2 bowls So what do you guys use for this operation? ...I've seen that pnuematic Grex sander. Looks pretty nice, but I don't think I have a large enough air compressor to run it. So I'm just looking for options before I decide to use the HF one. Maybe tomorrow I'll even run into Menard's to see if they'll replace the Tool Shop one. Thanks everyone!