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    combination sanders

    Hi all:

    I've been looking at some of the small combination sanders, you know, one with a small belt and the round flat thing. Could someone kindly explain to me what the flat round sander is for? I understand what the belt is for and I understand what the spindle is for, but I can't figure out what you would use the flat round one for.

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    Ummmm sanding
    I am assuming you mean a disk sander like this http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/DAY...121103003339:s
    I use mine for small parts and if you have the table set up right it works good for things like rounding the end of a flat handle while keeping it square to it self.
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    Hi folks,
    In my opinion, a disk sander is much more useful than a belt. I have one of the combo ones and rarely use the belt. The disk has a table with miter gauge slot. Also, you can just clamp a stick at any angle you want. The belt part usually has a small, hard to adjust "fence"/stop that might keep the board from flying away, but not much else.

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    As mentioned, a disc is ideal for controlled sanding up to a line or sanding a curve onto something while maintaining the material at a particular angle. It is also good at adjusting miters when used with a miter gauge. Belts can sand flat faces on a box or other object. Again being most useful with a good table and / or miter gauge. My 4 x 36 belt / 6" disk combo got much more use out of the belt than the disk as you can only use about half of the disk's size. I did, however, build a better table platform for it. A large belt like an edge sander (6 x 80 or so) has been extremely useful to me. My recent 12" disk acquisition has brought the disk sander into a position of usefulness as well.

    Here's a good example of using a disk(although not for wood) and PLEASE be aware this disk is turning in the opposite direction of most I have come across. You always sand with the disk direction moving the paper past your material and toward the table. Using one the other way would be like running your bandsaw in reverse with the blade teeth pointing up ;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    You always sand with the disk direction moving the paper past your material and toward the table. Using one the other way would be like running your band-saw in reverse with the blade teeth pointing up ;-)
    I wondered what was wrong with your band-saw....
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    Thanks folks. I was surprised (and disappointed) to see that the spindle is never in combination with the others, but is more expensive and you have to buy it separately.......but at least I understand now the disc....
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    Sometimes the spindle sander has a belt attachment:

    Ridgid Belt/Spindle Combo
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    Thanks Vaughn. Never saw that before. Do the spindle sanders have different size spindles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    Thanks Vaughn. Never saw that before. Do the spindle sanders have different size spindles?
    My jet has several different size spindles.
    And I have used everyone of them. That has got to be one of the best sanding investments I have made to date.
    http://www.northerntool.com/shop/too...FcuZ4AodlFIADw
    Last edited by Chuck Thoits; 11-03-2012 at 02:24 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cynthia White View Post
    ...Do the spindle sanders have different size spindles?
    Nearly all brands come with several spindles in an assortment of sizes. The Ridgid has the five you can see in the photo, plus the (relatively small) belt that also oscillates up and down like the spindles. There are a lot of happy hobbyist owners of that sander (including me), but I wouldn't consider it robust enough to be used daily in a pro shop. The sander Chuck showed is more of a pro machine.
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