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    Username Post: 1x30 belt sander for knifemaking?        (Topic#903588)
    The_Guide
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    06-02-11 10:30.34 - Post#2344720    



    Hey guys, Im totally new at making knives, and I was wondering if those 1x30, or 1x42 belt sanders/grinders are any good for making knives?

    Reason I ask, is I found one at canadian tire for $79.99, and figure this may be a good starting grinder to learn how to do it, before upgrading to a full 2x72...

    Cheers!
     


    cody1
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    06-02-11 11:20.49 - Post#2344733    


        In response to The_Guide

    That's exactly how I started. They work pretty good. The Grizzly 1x40 is decent. Get the 1x30 from Harbor frieght for $30. Mine is 3 years old and still works fine.. Then you can decide if you like making without spending too much..
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    Jerry Hossom
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    06-02-11 11:30.32 - Post#2344736    


        In response to cody1

    Stick with 1 x 30 or 1 x 42 for starters. Belts are readily available in a lot of grits. Other 1 inch sanders usually only have belts from the company you bought the sander from. Same is true of 2" wide belts. Stick with 48 or, preferably 72.

    Lat Harbor Freight I bought was $40. They've gone up a little, even on sale, but they do the job for very little money. That said if you can get a 1 x 42 for $80 do it. The longer the belt the better.
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    Bridger
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    06-02-11 15:15.00 - Post#2344820    


        In response to Jerry Hossom

    Harbour Freight offers a 5 or 10 year warranty for like an extra 10$. My 1X30" is the best, most useful pos I own. I absolutely love that thing. With the extra warranty I know I will get 5 years of use of of the 35$ I spent. With a course belt you can profile and grind the bevel on a knife blank in about 30 minutes. I just got some nice belts of of another forum member up to 2000 grit as well. It's one hell of a sharpener now too. It's the Mora of belt sanders.
     
    Garrett1
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    06-03-11 03:14.36 - Post#2344953    


        In response to Jerry Hossom

    • Jerry Hossom Said:
    Stick with 1 x 30 or 1 x 42 for starters. Belts are readily available in a lot of grits. Other 1 inch sanders usually only have belts from the company you bought the sander from. Same is true of 2" wide belts. Stick with 48 or, preferably 72.





    it's not true about only being able to get the belts from the company that you got the grinder from with a 2" wide grinder. we have gotten belts from a german company for a time, and now we are begining to change over to 3M belts.
     
    Jerry Hossom
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    06-03-11 03:23.48 - Post#2344956    


        In response to Garrett1

    I probably should have been less emphatic about that. Yes, you may find odd size belts from other sources, but the range of grits and types of belts are likely more limited than if you stay with one of the more standard sizes used in knifemaking. I was particularly responding to the Grizzly 1 x 40" sander. There is also a 2 x 42" sander from someone IIRC, but the belt selection is limited. It's only in the past 2-3 years that the abrasive selection in 1 x 30 and 1 x 42 has broadened into a pretty good range. Nothing quite equals 2 x 72" for the array of belts available.
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    Oldmedic
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    06-03-11 06:05.34 - Post#2345033    


        In response to Bridger

    I have 2 of the HF lil grinders,,they both work damn fine,,never had a moments problem with either one,,I also have one of HF,s 4/36 grinders,,it get most of my gringing work now,,I use the 1/30,s for sharpening,,I have EP edge pro with the chosera stones and use it some, but the belts are much faster,,I get my belts from Lee Valley and Pop,s knife supply,,
     
    Jerry Hossom
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    06-03-11 08:10.48 - Post#2345072    


        In response to Oldmedic

    I reckon that Edge Pro cost as much as all your grinders combined. Good choices on supplies. That's who I use as well.
    “A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity" Sigmund Freud


     
    Oldmedic
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    06-04-11 06:24.05 - Post#2345413    


        In response to Jerry Hossom

    I have to say I got the recomendations on the supplies from the forums here,,I read them daily,,lol,,yeah I have it bad!
     
    blademonkey
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    01-31-12 13:05.51 - Post#2437951    


        In response to Jerry Hossom

    What type of belt and what grits would you use with a 1X30 belt sander? and also a 4X36 belt sander?
    Thank you
     


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