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.