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  • #48154
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    Hey, just wondering if anyone on here have used this tool? reviews, comments etc…
    Im interested in buying one but of course its typical 3m overpriced. I have noticed that there are other brands available as well, Makita, Black and Decker, Astro Pnenumatic to name a few.

    http://3mcollision.com/3m-file-belt-sander-28366.html

    #48155
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    Scott Bowden
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    I just bought Dynabrade’s version on sale for $259. It’s quite versatile and removes spotwelds easier than a spotweld bit. Paid for itself on the first panel.

    #48156
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    Ive seen some of them being used. Supposed to be great for a lot of things, really good for grinding down welds in jamb areas (like when splicing a 1/4 panel), and removing welds as mentioned. In a lot of the icar training videos, they use them for various tasks. The few people I know that have bought them seem to really like them.

    In fact, thinking about it know, I wonder why I haven’t bought one yet…

    #48157
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    Craig
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    We have one and use all 3 grits, 40, 80, and a scuff pad. Removes spot welds easier than drill and grinds down spot welds without any filler work. It is one of the best tools I have bought.

    #48161
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    These are very popular in the UK, all the panel guys have them.

    Similar to what Ben mentioned when ever any panel guys go on a thatcham course, similar to Icar, they always come back and the first thing they do is order one.

    If you have a panel i.e.. quarter joint or rocker joint that has been butted and mig welded, you can concentrate your belt on just the weld and you are not wearing down the surrounding metal, lets face it panels are ultra thin these days

    They are great for grinding down plug welds, in fact i dont think anything can beat them for that operation.

    But, there are generally two sizes small and large, here in the uk they are known a 10mm belt sanders or 20mm belt sanders i have had both for many years, and always use the larger one, as most people do, the smaller one is fine but the bigger one is much much better and it can still get into tight spots.

    on the belts dont always assume 40 grit will be best for heavy work, as i have tried most makes of belts, and have found the 40’s wear out quickest, most people i know are of the same opinion, the most popular grit people go for is 60 grit.

    If you can afford it buy both, if not buy the bigger size first, adding the smaller one later.

    #48163
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    Craig
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    Definitely the next purchase for me….just price shopping right now.

    What belt length is everyone going with?

    #48165
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    Charlie not sure how many different sizes are available to you guys, but the bigger ones are better the bearing on the end of the sander lasts much longer

    The small ones if in daily use take quite a lot of abuse and with them being smaller they can wear out a bit quicker

    this is the size that is popular

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    #48166
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    [quote=”nick@dunsdale” post=36631]Charlie not sure how many different sizes are available to you guys, but the bigger ones are better the bearing on the end of the sander lasts much longer

    The small ones if in daily use take quite a lot of abuse and with them being smaller they can wear out a bit quicker

    this is the size that is popular[/quote]

    Thanks Nick….I’ll look at 18-20″ x 3/4″….all brands are available to us, although we pay a bit more than our neighours to the South.

    #48168
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    [quote=”ScottB” post=36622]I just bought Dynabrade’s version on sale for $259. It’s quite versatile and removes spotwelds easier than a spotweld bit. Paid for itself on the first panel.[/quote]

    Which one did you go with Scott?

    #48175
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    Scott Bowden
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    [quote=”Charlie” post=36634][quote=”ScottB” post=36622]I just bought Dynabrade’s version on sale for $259. It’s quite versatile and removes spotwelds easier than a spotweld bit. Paid for itself on the first panel.[/quote]

    Which one did you go with Scott?[/quote]

    Dynabrade model 18100 {1/2″x18″) Amazon has it for $290.

    #48176
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    Craig
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    [quote=”ScottB” post=36641][quote=”Charlie” post=36634][quote=”ScottB” post=36622]I just bought Dynabrade’s version on sale for $259. It’s quite versatile and removes spotwelds easier than a spotweld bit. Paid for itself on the first panel.[/quote]

    Which one did you go with Scott?[/quote]

    Dynabrade model 18100 {1/2″x18″) Amazon has it for $290.[/quote]

    I’ve priced out that same model as well as the 3M version Smooth linked, $375 and $510 respectively ( in Edmonton AB ). I’m going to get my hands on them both and decide then. Thanks!

    #48184
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    Carl
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    What make do you have nick and do you have a link for it here in uk ?

    #48185
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    nick veitch
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    well that got me in trouble lol

    i tried to post a link on saturday, and the site banned me for posting the link, weird i have posted links without problem before

    i have had to create a new account to get back in, hopefully my old account can be re-activated

    so i dont want to post a link again at the moment

    it was a tex belt sander just google tex belt sander, i would expect you to be able to get one for around £130 plus vat

    Indasa do them as well

    #48186
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    Carl
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    Thanks mate and sorry if i made you wreck your account lol

    #48684
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    Scott
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    Update: I went ahead and got the Dynabrade model scottB mentioned, I’m very happy with it, it’s smooth and versatile and saves time considerably compared to spot weld bits, definitely the nicest tool I’ve put in my hands in quite some time, everyone at the shop love it.

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