I Was Wrong
Pictured below is my 1″ x 30″ Belt Sander. This Belt Sander was given to me by my good friend Terry (Thanks Terry). At the time I didn’t think I would use it much. Boy was I wrong.
The Belt Sander pictured above is made by Central Machinery. The model number is S-3748. It is a noisy little beast, but I love it. It’s relatively light & compact, and therefore easy to move around in my shop.
What I Have Used It For
Like I said above, I didn’t think I would use it much. But so far, I have used it to:
- Put points on nails (For awl type usage)
- Shave metal bolt head sides (To fit inside T-channels)
- Modify tenon lengths
- Works great on end grain
- For tapering drawbore pins
- Used to modify my Band Saw housing cover
- Sharpen lawn mower blades
- And for just all around sanding duties
Might add that knife makers & knife sharpeners like using the 1 x 30 Belt Sander.
Belt Grit Options
I Typically buy 1 x 30 sander belts from Sears. I usually buy the 3 belt pack for around $5. The grits in the three belt pack are 40, 80, and 120.
I use the 40 grit for fast but rough sanding. The 80 grit is an intermediate step between rough and finish type sanding. The 120 grit I use for finish type sanding. If your so inclined, higher grits are available online. But Sears is convenient, so I use what is available there.
To be honest with you, I typically just use the belt currently on my Belt Sander. However, if the situation calls for a rougher or finder grit then I change the belt to matchup with my current sanding task.
Goggling for what is available online, I found the following:
- An assortment of polishing type belts listed at the following link:
Welcome to Supergrit.com – Supergrit
- A leather stropping belt at the following link:
Sharpening Supplies for Sale
- Found belt grits ranging from 40 up to 2,000
Abrasive Sanding Stick
To extend the life of the sanding belts, I use an abrasive sanding stick on a regular basis. I have a Post on the Abrasive Sanding Stick at the following link: Belt and Disk Sandpaper Cleaning Bar
A 1″ x 30″ Belt Sander is a power tool that you buy with a rough idea of what you will use it for. Then after buying it, you find many other uses for it. Uses that you never thought of before.
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