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Thread: Unbiased Video Review of the Harbor Freight 4x36 Disc and Belt Sander

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    Unbiased Video Review of the Harbor Freight 4x36 Disc and Belt Sander

    Hey Guys,

    Wish I would have done a little more research before I purchased this unit. We all know HF has some good quality items and I own my fair share of them.

    If you have been considering picking up a smaller belt sander, take a look. Maybe this video will help you decide if the machine is right for you.

    Keep in mind before setting up my small woodshop I had a large metal shop with Burr King Sanders and Apex 3phase disc sanders so I am very familiar with Commercial Grade equipment. This video is intended for the small hobby guys. We all know the majority of HF items are not for professional or commercial use


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    Sorry for the BROKEN LINK ABOVE

    This is working NOW


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    I have looked at this while shopping at Harbor Freight. I agree with the review.

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    Honestly, seeing the tittle "Horror Freight tools" was enough for me to figure "unbiased" was unlikely, so I did not bother to view the video...

    I do also have "Crapsman" tools that work for me, and some Horror Freight tools as well (some winners and some losers ). Have better stuff too...

    Just thought I would mention my initial feeling upon reading the thread...no offense intended.

    Bill
    Too much to do...Not enough time...life is too short!

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    Umm, $75, you get what you pay for. I have a Jet A31 that was 25x more so go figure. Apologies for the arrogance but I just don't know how else to frame it.

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    I bought one with my Xmas coupon. Lightly used in my hobby shop, but so far so good

  7. Thanks for the review. I have the HF 12" disc sander and it's a beast, has tons of power, great dust collection and is super heavy. It has a pretty thin and lightweight surface table though. I guess it can't be completely perfect.

    By the way, how is the dust collection on your Hitachi miter saw I see in the background? I've been trying to find a chop saw that does a decent job at dust collecting without shelling out for a Kapex and I've read where the Hitachi is pretty good. Is that your experience?

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    Bought one and very happy with it
    light weight makes it easy to store under workbench
    enough power to do what I expect out of it
    got a dust collection adaptor off of ebay that works great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Space View Post
    Honestly, seeing the tittle "Horror Freight tools" was enough for me to figure "unbiased" was unlikely, so I did not bother to view the video...

    I do also have "Crapsman" tools that work for me, and some Horror Freight tools as well (some winners and some losers ). Have better stuff too...

    Just thought I would mention my initial feeling upon reading the thread...no offense intended.

    Bill
    No problem Bill. Appreciate the feedback.

    The video truly was an unbiased review. I pointed out it's weak areas and who the machine would be good for and gave my overall opinion!

    I agree with you, some items are absolute winners and others have their limitations! Without reviews people wouldn't know what items are good!

    Happy woodworking!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Selzer View Post
    Bought one and very happy with it
    light weight makes it easy to store under workbench
    enough power to do what I expect out of it
    got a dust collection adaptor off of ebay that works great
    Like I mentioned in the video, as long as you work the machine within it's limits it has a place for someone in their shop. Glad it's working out for you. Especially for the price. Kudo's to you for finding an adapter as well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Shattuck View Post
    Thanks for the review. I have the HF 12" disc sander and it's a beast, has tons of power, great dust collection and is super heavy. It has a pretty thin and lightweight surface table though. I guess it can't be completely perfect.

    By the way, how is the dust collection on your Hitachi miter saw I see in the background? I've been trying to find a chop saw that does a decent job at dust collecting without shelling out for a Kapex and I've read where the Hitachi is pretty good. Is that your experience?
    Hey Nick! The 12" Sander is def a beast and one of the best things you can get from HF

    So funny story on the Hitachi, I had bought that saw about 5 years ago and intended to do some projects around the house. We ended up selling our place in CA and moving to Idaho. Now I have finally set it up, and sadly I have not hooked it up to my dust collection system

    So I can't give you any honest feedback. One thing I can tell you is the location of the exhaust port seems to be in an odd location. As far as the saw goes, I love it! I am still using the cheap blade that came from the factory. I heard this saw is still better than the newer version they released! Once I get it hooked up, I'll try to remember to come back here and give some feedback!

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