Belt sander motors.

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I'm getting ready to buy a belt sander because hand files are driving me crazy, and using the sides of the stones on the 6" bench grinder to flat grind is difficult.

After talking to L6Steel, I decided I might want to get this belt sander from Harbor Freight.

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/taf/Displayitem.taf?itemnumber=6852

What other belt sanders under $200 are good? There is no way I can afford anything more than $200, so 2x72's are out of the question.
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I was considering getting a 4x36" belt sander from Delta that has a 1/3 HP motor. I am told that a 1/3 HP motor may be insufficient and might burn out. What is the minimum motor strength suggested for flat grinding knives?

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1/3hp underpowered, NONSENSE. I worked for ten years on a Delta 1/3hp 1x42. It wasn't easy, but got the job done.

R.W.Clark
 
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Well, that grinder is next on my tools list too. For what it's worth, I've heard that Lloyd Hale used to grind the flats for his big bowies on a 6X48 machine. The HF one does have enough of a shoulder to do that, though I haven't seen one in action to know whether it would track accurately that far to the side. If you get it, let us know!

Dave
 
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Kalamazoo make some grinder that are 2x42 for a half decent price, check Koval or texas knife makers catalog they have them.
I have a delta 1x42 I bought of ebay
for 25 dollars I work my handles down with
it, it has a platen on it i took it of to do slack belt with it you could flat grind on it
with no problem it is spunky little machine.
 
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Sears/Craftsman has 2x42 1hp model you can catch on sale for $199.95. I like mine.
 
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Does the Sears 1HP 2"x42" make a clean plunge when flat grinding?
 
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Chang
I am just beginning so clean plunges are something I'm working on
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