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Old 11-30-2004, 11:38 AM
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What is the difference between a belt sander and belt grinder?

What are the minimal specs for a belt sander or grinder that could be suggested for getting started in knife making? What is the price range for such a tool? Are there any companies that I should avoid any that Could be recommended? Any makers in the Tacoma WA area that would be willing to let me tour their shop and ask a few stupid ?S


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Old 11-30-2004, 11:47 AM
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I use a belt sander clamped upside down, it takes a wile because it is not very power full, but if you already have one then it is a cheap way to get you started. i go though about a belt a knife but the belts are only $2.

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Old 11-30-2004, 12:01 PM
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The main difference between a "sander" and a "grinder" is that the grinder is sealed up so the grit can't get into the bearings and motor while with the sander (expecting only wood dust) doesn't seal it out. Since people can make knives with sandpaper and files, there really isn't a minimum, anything can make it go quicker then nothing. For one concidered "good", you'd want a 2" x 72". I use a little delta 1" x 42" sander and while I wouldn't mind having better, it does what I need it to, at least so far.


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