I use this sander to make Knives. It's outstanding to profile my Handmade Custom Knives. Maybe could use a little more power,but for the price, it can't be beat!! Would buy another if something was to happen to this one!!
This machine is pitiful. I order sander #1 online and picked it up at the store. When I got home, unpacked, and started assembly, I noticed one of the rubber feet were missing. I removed the base to see if the missing foot was inside the base and saw that the starting capacitor was loose and the mounting was broken. I called and was instructed to return it to the store and reorder.
Sander #2 came today and upon opening the box, the motor base was cracked across its entire width. Back to the store for a refund.
At the store, the associate said they actually had a sander in stock. The box looked good, the contents were good, and I took it home. They even gave me the sale price which became effective today.
Once assembled, I lifted the belt arm up and noticed the motor end caps were moving! On further inspection, one of the two motor case bolts had been stripped when it was put together, making the motor unsafe and useless. After supper I will take Sander #3 back and not get another.
This machine is a great idea and has a good price, but it is by FAR the worse quality machine/tool to carry the Craftsman name that I have seen in my 62 years. I am disappointed in not having the machine and I am angry that three machines were broken on arrival. DON'T BUY THIS JUNK!
Excellent, glad I finally bought one.
This is a nice product at this price point. I don't like that you need about 5 metric allen wrenches to assemble it AND that it's made in China. It does the job great, however, and is very handy in your home workshop.
handles my sanding needs with no issues. with plenty of power it exceeded my expectations.
Directions were not real clear. Assembly was relatively easy. Sander works great. It is sturdy. Mounts to the table very easily. Very easy to use.
I got this to primarily grind metal for knife making and the occasional wood shaping. The motor is really too fast and burns wood, on the disc especially, and requires frequent quenching when grinding steel. As far as the motor bogging down, I quickly got a feel for how much pressure can be applied to the wheel and belt without any issues. My biggest complaint with this machine is that there are different allen wrenches to adjust tracking, 2 work surfaces and the platen. Moreover when tightening any and all of the allen head bolts, it moves the work surfaces, etc out of your desired position. Takes a little getting used to, but a decent machine for the price.
The overall product seems to be nice for the price, but it is definitely not as well built as one would expect from a Craftsman product. I finally got mine set up right, but the aluminum disc for the disc sander is so badly warped it is not even usable. I am still awaiting a response from Sears regarding getting the aluminum disc replaced.
Just so one knows, it is only a 1/3 HP motor, don't expect it to be able to rip through something with heavy pressure.
Runs as it should, having a hard time finding replacement belts in my area, 1x42/2x42 are not as common as I thought.
I HAVE THIS SANDER IN MY HOME SHOP, IT IS USED EVERY WEEKEND ,I HAVE NEVER HAD A SANDER THAT CAN REPLACE THIS ONE ,EVERY TOOL I HAVE IN MY SHOP CAME FROM SEAR,S.
After a few mths of having it, the sander seems to work fine. At least it is smaller then my old belt sander, now i got more room to work on my bench.
Got the sander to start making knives. Opened the box and inspected, disc sander table had a bent screw. Replaced with my own. Other than that it will do what I need it to do.
The 1/3 HP motor is really worthless and it runs fast. You have to use a light touch to keep from burning metal you are working on, not even going to try sanding any wood. Also very easy to stall.
This is a great belt and disk sander that is easy to use and set up. The 2 inch belt travels at 4400 Feet per minute and is 42 inches long. You could use it for a large variety of sanding and grinding uses.
You could even sharpen a lawn mower blade on this belt sander. The 6 inch disk travels at 3500 RPM and has a lot of uses for sanding and smoothing rough edges of a variety of materials. The belt platen can be used in the vertical position and in a horizontal or at 45 degree positions.
Only had it a week but used it to grind down the top of a new hammer handle flush to the top of the hammer head. It did a clean job without cutting into the hammer head. I'm sure I'll be using this for the repairs needed around the house. Great product.
I think this would be a good sander if you're lucky enough to get one that is serviceable. I have bought two in the last few days, the first one was returned due to missing parts and the second could not be fully assembled because the holes for mounting the work table for the disc would not align to be able to attach the table. I did get a chance to turn it on and it seemed to work well but never was able to use it to write a review better than this. Quality control in the factory is apparently lacking.
I'm used to larger more industrial sanders but this unit works well - it's just smaller.
Unit was packaged well, minimal assembly, and it's very solid. I have the Craftsman universal tool stand I was hoping to mount this on but it's not a good fit. I'll have to mount plywood to the stand and this sander to the plywood. I picked this unit over others since it's basically a grinder with sanding attachments. This is a good home use tool. I've had it a week and used it a dozen times already. Does best on small items, but with the guards removed you can sneak in a long board here & there as well.
Setup was a little unclear, but I figured it out. Had to make adjustments so belt tracked properly. Have used it a couple of times and does what I expected. Good compliment to my old Sears Craftman bench grinder. Belt changing is easy.
<p>This sander is probably the most used tool in my workshop. More than enough power for the average sanding job. Very user friendly. My only small complaint is that it takes some patients to get the table perfectly square to the belt. You have to really hold the table in place when tightening it down or else it will move slightly off square.</p>