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Tony Quinsee01/06/2008 16:37:00
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Hi all,

This is my first post on this site and I did try to use the search engine to confirm I wasn't duplicating a thread, but it doesn't appear to work. So apologies if this has been asked before.

I'm thinking of getting me a shiny benchtop Belt/Disc sander.  This is only for occasional hobby use and I've kinda narrowed it down to these three (in no particular order, like Ant & Dec say):

Axminster AS408

Record Power BDS150

Sealey SM14

Or maybe even the cheap-n-cheerful Clarke CS4-6C from Machinemart:

Anyone have any words of wisdom to help guide me into making a decent decision for the first time in my life?

Thanks in advance,

Olly Parry-Jones01/06/2008 17:38:00
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Hello Tony and welcome to the forum.

First thing I'd like to say is that I'm really not a fan of these cheap things. I've got one myself (Perform, now branded as Axminster) and all I've learnt from it are that there are probably better ways of getting the job done more accurately.

One would be to make a large sanding disc for your lathe, if you have one. Baz has just uploaded some photo's of his effort if you have a look for it.

Alternatively, if you have a portable belt sander, you can fix it side-on to a sheet of MDF, as Mike Garnham has done (have a look in his gallery). Both methods will give you extra capacity as well as more accuracy.

Cheap machines like these are generally not worth wasting your money on. The table isn't flat and flexes under weight. The upper fence is neither flat or square to the belt. And not only are these machines quite irritatingly noisy, but the belts run out of true as well.

If I had to choose between those models though, I'd go for the Record, due to the five-year guarentee. I don't think there's gonna be much between them really. They all look pretty similar and you'd probably find that a couple of them were manufactured in the same factory in the Far East anyway.

Here's the link for Baz's lathe and you'll find some shots of Mike's belt sander here.

Hope this helps.

Tony Quinsee02/06/2008 22:08:00
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Thanks for the reply and welcome, OPJ.  I'm a long-time lurker and first-time poster.

I don't have a lathe, and my belt-sander sucks hugely (it was an impulse purchase from Makro which I won't repeat), hence why I'm looking at the products I listed.

I think I'll go for the Record and see what I can do to beef up the bracketing for the table, plus the upper fence.  I'm not totally useless with metal and might be able to improve them somewhat.

Thanks again for the advice,

Bill Lehan25/08/2008 22:24:00
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Hello Tone, I have exactly the same problem! Which machine did you choose and are you pleased with it?
Ralph Harvey26/08/2008 10:31:00
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I recently bought the Newtool version quite cheap of ebay and you do get what you pay for, one thing i would say is check what the disc sander takes Hook and loop or sticky back, only the latter are hard to get hold of i had to go to Axminster to get some.

Like Olly says they are on the whole the same machine but if you compensate and set angles with a square you can get a reasonable finish.

Best of luck with which ever one you choose and give us a product review when you try it out


Tony Quinsee26/08/2008 12:41:00
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Hi Bill,

I've still yet to purchase - I've had a spot of illness, plus staff problems, plus work coming in too fast and I just haven't had the time yet.

It'll probably be the Record though, when I do finally purchase 


John Baddeley21/11/2008 12:04:00
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Hi everyone, I've just joined the site, so please excuse any newbie gaffs!

Is this thread still 'alive' as I would like to pose exactly the question that Tony did...

I wasn't intending to spend more than 150ukp, but would going for the Axminster A2WEBD610 provide the sturdiness missing in the cheaper machines,  or are they ok really?

TIA, John

Woodworker21/11/2008 12:11:00
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Hi John, welcome to the forum.

I can't find the Axminster model you mention. Could you provide a link please?


Tony Quinsee21/11/2008 12:41:00
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Hi Ben,

I'm pretty sure John means this one.


John Baddeley21/11/2008 12:48:00
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Hi Ben

Yes, sorry, I missed a letter out of the model no.

Tony is right - that's the one I was wondering about.

Where have you got to Tony? Have you bought, or been put off buying within your budget?


Tony Quinsee21/11/2008 12:58:00
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Hi John,

No, I've not bought - I've kind of been put off until I can actually get my hands on one somewhere to see if I think I can 'rigidify' (no, I know that's not a word) the guides. 

I simply don't have the space (nor really the budget) for a decent floor-standing model, so it'll either be the Record (or similar) or nothing.

In the mean time I'm still too busy at work for much woodworking when I get home, so it's dropped down my list of priorities.


John Baddeley21/11/2008 13:31:00
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Hi Tone

 Thanks - not sure how soon I'll buy either.

> I'm still too busy at work for much woodworking when I get home...

I know the feeling 


Toothy22/11/2008 14:46:00
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Hi All

About 5yrs ago I bought a Ryobi machine. Among the problems, the only major one was the belt bed which was not flat/even. This I majorly corrected by runnig a 100grit belt inside out and applying pressure with a sheet of melamine faced chipboard. All others were a matter of "adjustments". I use a 'glue stick' (what the kids use for papercraft) for glueing the disc on. As this is water soluble it cleans easily as a bonus.

Make shure that you have a dust extraction port and that it works - may need modifying to make it work better though. Check also to see that the bearings can be replaced as saw dust (and metal dust) can be abrasive with slide bearings.


lucy ajones23/10/2017 05:59:01
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Nancy Brown 110/12/2017 05:34:59
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I do woodworking in my small shop, and this little sander is good for small projects. I had a problem with the belt slipping under a load, and it took awhile to figure out what the problem was. The Cog Belt (what turns the rollers) was so loose that it had started to tear the teeth off the belt. Once I replaced the belt, I've had no more problems. You can get the belt on Amazon cheap. It is a Gates 150XL037. The table for the disc sander is not that great, but you could make one as another reviewer did. It has plenty of power. The dust collection is actually pretty good. I hook my 4" hose with an adapter to it, and it works great. I'm sure there's better ones out there, but for the price I am happy with this purchase.

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