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Old 05-16-2021, 01:18 PM
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Default One inch belt sander

Hi folks,

I was reading through the builders manual on tools. They say a one inch belt sander is really useful. I built my RV8 without and am scratching my head on what it is good for. I have a six inch belt sander that saw a fair amount of use. Is the one inch sander specified because of price?
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Old 05-16-2021, 01:25 PM
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I used the 1" sander for fabricating parts, amongst other tasks. It is a scalpel where the 6" sander is a chainsaw...
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Old 05-16-2021, 01:36 PM
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I think a lot of us use the combination disk and 1" sander like Delta makes as it's versatile and relatively inexpensive. I get the most use out of the disk but sometimes find the belt handy when getting in tight spaces or small fussy parts.
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Old 05-16-2021, 01:41 PM
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I think a lot of us use the combination disk and 1" sander like Delta makes as it's versatile and relatively inexpensive. I get the most use out of the disk but sometimes find the belt handy when getting in tight spaces or small fussy parts.
And I'm the opposite. I use the 1" belt almost continuously and seldom use the disk.
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Old 05-16-2021, 02:00 PM
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The small belt was great for a quick debur of small parts. A touch on the belt, then a touch on the scotchbrite wheel and done. Also used the belt to square up all those tiny spacers we need to make from tubing (I don't have a lathe).
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Old 05-16-2021, 04:04 PM
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Default One of my favorite tools

I have an electric 1/2Ē hand tool. I find done many uses for it. It has been wonderful when trimming my canopy and cowl. This is my second build and didnít have it the first time. Now I consider it indispensable.
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Old 05-16-2021, 06:38 PM
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Definitely useful for me since I didn't have anything like it, but if you already have something that can do similar work it might not be worth the space. I got the 1" belt/5" disc combo and have used it a fair bit so far on my tail kit. Coarse disc with medium belt, shapes parts fast, then fine tunes them not too fast. I like it.
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Old 05-16-2021, 07:14 PM
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I actually have 2 1" belt sanders side by side. I keep 80 grit on one for shaping and 120 grit on the other for finishing edges.

The only maintenance I have to do is replace the upper bearing on each one every 3-4 years. Did I mention I use them often?
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Old 05-17-2021, 12:20 PM
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Default One inch belt

Hi all,

Thank you for your replies. Make great sense. The harbor freight goes for $53. Jet makes a nice one for $479. Don't think I will be spending that much. I think I was using a scotchbrite wheel for much of what you guys were using the 1" sander for. Sander makes way better sense.

Is the Harbor Freight model adequate?

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Old 05-17-2021, 12:26 PM
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Hi all,
Is the Harbor Freight model adequate?
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Absolutely! As I said, the only maintenance I have had to do is replace the upper bearing every 3 years or so.
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