I got this treadmill for cheap the other day and converted it to a sander. It has a 1.5 HP motor but it seems enough for the job.
Firstly I got rid of the base and handles.
I then bolted the control unit onto the motor cover, which is a convenient spot that allows me to work from either side of the sander.
I built a steel frame to get it on working height and reinforced the table by adding a 20mm plywood board. It's not a precision surface but I was able to make it reasonably flat by adding shims over the tabs on which it's bolted on.
I will be adding a stop bar to prevent any workpiece from flying to the other side of the room I also want to build a 90 degree fence and the popular fretboard sanding jig that works with belt sanders!
GlennR I ordered this one from a local shop that does custom sized belts for 30€ ( about 31.5 USD)
BTW Captainleeward and all the other great builders here, you've been a great inspiration to all of us. I lack the time to be active on the forums but I check the central page regularly and I'm amazed at what you guys have achieved!
Captainleeward, 100 grit might be too fine for the calluses, 40 grit will get them off in no time
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