You make a very valid point Tod,and its certainly a way for a woodworker to use the best available and yet not have to go spring for the expensive wide belt sander.
In some ways I have the same option. I certainly could take anything I make and lug it to work and use their wide belt sander, but its kind of a hassle. Certainly if I had a wide belt sander at my home shop, I would find many, many uses for it I normally would not do if I had to lug my projects all over creation.
After using a Gilliom Bandsaw,and seeing what impressive results can be made out of home-made woodworking tools, I have come to the conclusion that with a bit of ingenuity, a lot of research, some luck and a whole lot of fun making the thing, some impressive home-spun tools can be made.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"