Remember that little belt sander attatchment for an angle grinder?

***pictures below*** I hope the pictures are It was posted here,, well I wanted to thank whoever it was that posted the following link to Harbor Frieght
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber0749
it's for an angle grinder to belt sander kit,,,
I thought it looked like it had some possibility as a final grind or regrind station,, so I got one and made a crude bracket for it that bolts to the side of the angle grinder via the side handle mounting hole, screwed the bracket to the back of an old kitchen chair and tried it,,, thankfully I had my saftey glasses on,, sparks were following the belt around til it went across the end pulley and right into my face,, so I rigged it up to my shop-vac by way of a spark stop spin in a bucket with water in it before the air and grindering dust get into the shop-vac,,,, now it works far better than I ever hoped,, while I wouldn't recomend doing any step without saftey glasses , not once since I hooked up the vac to it I haven't felt a single spark hit me anywhere,, and the blade I was working on stayed much , much cooler
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That is just what I need! I have two 4 1/2" grinders and was thinking, yesterday as I was cleaning up, about what I could do with the second one. Thanks for reposting that link Bear. BTW good idea for that spark arrestor.
Forger ps- you didnt happen to see if there are finer grits than 120 available in 1/2'' X 21-1/2'' size belt? Or... has anyone had luck resizing broken belts, like cutting down a 2x72 and retaping it into a 2x32?
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I have one of these little sanding attachments and the problem is finding good quality belts, something Harbor Freight doesn't seem to have. One of my future projects is to modify the attachment so that it will accomodate a 1/2 x 24 belt which is easier to find. I think the bracket holding the end roller could be extended to be longer.
I will say that I was surprised how well the sander worked, especially considering that it cost $8.
Gary Brady Austin,TX
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I have one of these little sanding attachments and the problem is finding good quality belts, something Harbor Freight doesn't seem to have. One of my future projects is to modify the attachment so that it will accomodate a 1/2 x 24 belt which is easier to find. I think the bracket holding the end roller could be extended to be longer.
I will say that I was surprised how well the sander worked, especially considering that it cost $8.
Gary Brady Austin,TX
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I didn't see any finer grits listed,, you could try an old trick of mine,, take the finest belt you do have and take a junk carbide tool of some sort, and try to gind a quarter inch off the thickness of the carbides,, making sure you work the full face of the belt,, after a few minutes it will no longer cut hard steel,, it will however burnish it way finer than the finest belts anywhere,,, and you can stop sooner and have a belt that will still cut but give a finish like that of a belt with over twice as fine as you started with,, even getting high enough polish to see yourself in.
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That was my biggest problem with this thing, finding a good source for constant supply of belts, you can order I think it was 220 grit from HF online store, but all and all its still expensive. I broke down and bought a craftsman 2"x42" belt sander with 6" disc sander for $79. I found a source on ebay for belts $9 for a pack of 10. I still use the little sander for smaller jobs, but stick to my craftsman for most things now.

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All -
http://www.woodworkingshop.com /
I highly suggest these people - run special offers from time to time and always have boxes of paper and belts. They cover a wide assortment of materials.
This is high quality paper that won't melt in the shop after a rainstorm. I use it on both metal and wood. It is good grit.
This is resin coated and I think handles most if not all belts.
Martin
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