I am going to buy one of these. I think I saw Delta at Lowe's or HD.
Anyone have one of these, and do I need to spend some bucks for a good one,
or is a HF unit as good?
I need a two inch wide belt that runs vertical.
I went through this decision process about a year ago. I looked at
every midlevel belt sander readily available at the normal commercial
outlets. Lowes, HD, Grainger etc. A friend of mine had a Delta. In my
opinion, they were underpowered and not built as well as I thought they
should be for the money. I had been looking for a 2"x72" belt sander.
Even considered building one myself. After some search work on this
forum and others, I discovered the Coote Belt Grinder. The price ($350
plus motor) was a little out of the range of my budget, but I decided
to buy it. I put a 1hp motor with step pulleys on it and I couldn't be
happier with the quality and performance. You can also add a disc
attachment if you need the disc sanding capapbility. I do not. As my
father used to say: "Buy the best its cheaper". There is also someone
on this forum who keeps reminding us that: "Buy quality and cry only
once". I think that's good advice.