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    Variable speed beltsander

    This is my variable speed belt sander created by combining a lathe headstock with a multi tool belt sander. The sander is held using threaded rod studs, it was only meant to be a proof on concept before turning a proper ring on the metal lathe but it's so solid and works so well I never changed it. RPM's are adjustable from 500-2000, it's a great tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rorschach View Post
    This is my variable speed belt sander created by combining a lathe headstock with a multi tool belt sander. The sander is held using threaded rod studs, it was only meant to be a proof on concept before turning a proper ring on the metal lathe but it's so solid and works so well I never changed it. RPM's are adjustable from 500-2000, it's a great tool.
    Hi,
    Where did you get the Lathe Headstock ? I think I could use one of those. Please email me, banjo tom (at) hot mail (dot) com

    Thanks,
    Tom

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    Quote Originally Posted by BanjoTom View Post
    Hi,
    Where did you get the Lathe Headstock ? I think I could use one of those. Please email me, banjo tom (at) hot mail (dot) com

    Thanks,
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    Depending where you are you could contact suppliers of similar machine tools. I cannot say for definite though, I bought mine on ebay, a chance spot for a local pick up item, it was cheap, no-one bid because of the collection only. I thought it might be useful and it was!

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    Thanks Rorschach! We've added your Variable Speed Belt Sander to our Sanding category,
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    By "multi tool belt sander" do you mean a Shopsmith add-on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Komo View Post
    By "multi tool belt sander" do you mean a Shopsmith add-on?
    No it's an (Australian made I believe) attachment designed to go on bench grinders.

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    Ha ha! Small world...Here's mine in 4". Bought with 8" grinder for $300 complete in 2003....now the attachment alone is about $400....very useful, standard 36 x 4 belt and 7" disc. Quiet strong induction motor, will go all day...
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    Jim in Sunny South Coast NSW, Australia
    Last edited by Beserkleyboy; 08-13-2018 at 06:55 PM.

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    While I don't find the 2" version limiting, I wish I had bought a 4" version, after all you can always run a smaller belt on the larger machine, but not the other way around.

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    How often do you use it Jim? Have you had to replace the bearings on the grinder?
    Looks much like my original purchase of a 1990 (model 48214), 2" one made by Linishall P/L fitted to an 8" GMF (Sydney) bench model . I had a 6" linisher & was concerned re bearings etc so bought the smaller size for bench work. I had a young guy working for me in mid nineties & had no work for him (in Winter) so set him to a days work sharpening tractor mower blades to help him out. I had many contracted parks on sand (at the beach) :the sand blasting played havoc with the blades and the whole mowing decks..What I required was- the blades ground on the grinder wheel side & then tip sharpened on the linisher side. The enthaustic youth enquired about the Ausie grinder & I told him it "was bullet proof" and would go all day (unlike my cheap Tormek). Upon my return He proudly advised the 1970's grinder was not bullet proof as he had managed to stop it more than a couple of times. So "you actually tried to stop it?" I asked. "Yeah, you said it was bullet proof & I had to find out....".SOME MOTHERS DO HAVE 'EM! I kept that one for staff & purchased another Ausie linisher for my own use.Both still go well. The newer grinder is not a patch on the GMF & the new linisher is not branded though I do have paperwork for it somewhere.

    Cheers & thanks for posting

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    unless it is a makita (bit of a side step, to a portable--sorry)LOL

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