01-18-2013 05:13 PM
What are some of the 6x48 9" belt/disk combo sander enhancement DIY projects?
I am talking about mostly table upgrade and dust collection enhancement.
I bought a new HFT sander for $65 plus tax. It has a broken plastic cover which I fixed already.
It turns out to actually work quite well, except no dust port.
I bought a used one before, an old Craftsman, which I still have. The drums for the belt is supported only at the center so the sides of the drums are hollow. I found out that this design is not good. Plus the motor is mounted on the bottom and you cannot have a top only stand and leave the bottom for storage.
The HFT sander has a motor, class E, that is mounted onto the cast iron base. The drums are supported at both ends with ball bearing. This seems deceptively good.
The HFT has a one hp motor, ball bearing TEFC.
The HFT belt is crummy and have to be upgraded.