Need Replacement for In-Line/Orbital Sander

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Old 09-02-18, 05:40 PM
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Need Replacement for In-Line/Orbital Sander

My Craftsman in-line/orbital sander died (finally). I bought it in 1977 for $50.


I'm having a hard time finding a replacement for that sander - all I can find are the palm sanders, and they wear out the little circular pads too quickly. I want a sander that can be switched to run a rectangular pad either orbitally and/or in-line, and I want it for around $50.


Can somebody suggest a good replacement?
 
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Old 09-02-18, 08:57 PM
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in-line/orbital sander
I'm not following you. Do you mean an orbital sander that uses square sheets of sand paper ?
 
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No, the sander I had used 4.5x9 inch sheets. Each end was clamped in, and the motor rested on a cast aluminum body. The image that's nearest to what I had is at this link:


https://www.boschtools.com/us/en/bos...nders-23416-c/


Of course I'm not going to pay $300+ for it...
 
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Sounds like you want a half sheet sander, they aren't as popular as the quarter sheet sanders. At $50 you'd be limited to the lower end sanders. Not sure if you can find a half sheet sander for that price.
 
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Yes..... that would be an orbital that uses square sheets of paper. Either in the half or quarter sheet format. Like Mark mentioned..... you'll probably not find bargains with a half sheet sander.
 
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Just a thought about the price. If the minimum wage in 77 was $2.30/hr... a $50 sander was pretty expensive (20 hours labor) compared to the minimum wage in 2017. I guess I question the logic of expecting to still pay $50 for a quality sander today when the cost of living is 4 or 5x what it was back then.

My advice would be to check eBay for an older used sander that might suit your needs. You may get more results if you search for 1/3 sheet sander... or 1/2 sheet sander.
 

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I'm afraid you're right about the wages and prices. I think I'll just have to make do with my Craftsman 3-inch belt sander.
 
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You might be able to find one used on eBay or Craigslist. You can also get lucky on garage sales on some older sheet sanders. I just did a quick search on my local craigslist and there is 4 available, 3 for less then $10. One is even a Craftsman.
 
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Does it have to be a half sheet sander? There are a lot of cheap quarter sheet sanders on the market.
 
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The ones I found on Craigslist are 1/3 sheet.
 
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