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KALAMAZOO 2FSM 2" X 48" BELT SANDER


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  • Use vertically or horizontally. Tilt table, 5" contact wheel and removable platen.
  • Uses 2" x 48" belts.
  • Motor: direct drive 1/2 HP, 1 PH and switch
  • Speed: 3,450 RPM
  • Full hinged guard for quick belt change.
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Technical Details
Part Number 2FSM
Item Weight69 pounds
OriginMade in USA
Power Source110V
Included Componentsbare-tool
  
Additional Information
ASINB00065U7PW
Best Sellers Rank #308,598 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight69 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableSeptember 22, 2011
  
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Product Description

Voltage: 110V

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For knife making, this is a really good sander.
Gary Mitchell
The Kahn Tool company is a good outfit that only sells American made machines (visit their website for a good story about supporting American tool producers).
John E. Stuckey
Easy to adjust tracking, loosen knob on side, twist upper wheel slightly (sounds hokey, works really well).
John

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Philip J. Taylor on May 14, 2006
This is the 2"x48" Kalamazoo belt sander. It's made of sheared, folded and welded steel. It is of medium quality and medium power.

I have this sander and have been running it for about 6 months. The thing works great when you want to do a lot of consistent grinding -- as the setup of the machine is somewhat cumbersome. For instance, the same bolt that adjusts the platen position also adjust the position of the guard. You'll find you need either four (4) hands or some tricks to adjust _only_ the platen but not the guard as well. This is a real design compromise done in favor of saving the cost of a few bolts and a few extra punch-outs.

The only other complaint I have is that the platen doesn't appear to be hardened. My machine has concave sections worn into the platen in the areas I use most frequently for grinding. Count on fabricating (and heat treating) your own platen if you want to make nice flat grinds with this machine. Perhaps there is a backer plate material that can be used.

Also, the platen is painted, so plan on breathing the paint dust for the first few weeks you use the machine.

Otherwise, this is a great tool that uses the cheap 2x48 belts that come in every imagineable grit and material. I love the tool, I hate the corner cutting.

--chicago, il
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on April 10, 2012
Update July 5, 2013 - I've used this sander for about a year now. It continues to provide excellent utility, general purpose sanding. Nothing has broken, nothing has come loose. Am completely happy with it.

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Original review April, 2012 - Good things - powerful sander, Baldor motor comes to full RPM almost instantly. Very easy to change belts, uses a swing-lever (not visible in pictures) to provide leverage to depress tension spring. I didn't realize how important easy-to-change belts was until I started using this unit. Now I use the right belt for the right situation without any fuss. Easy to adjust tracking, loosen knob on side, twist upper wheel slightly (sounds hokey, works really well). Strong belt-tension, the spring inside the vertical tube is powerful.

Not-so-good things - this isn't a high-end sander, don't expect a finely crafted and finished product. The things that are important are sturdy (motor, support tube, locking knob), the other things are sheet-metal or plate steel. Kalamazoo has done a great job in providing an American made sander at a reasonable cost. It uses a standard rubber caster-wheel (trued on a lathe or something) as a drive wheel. The belt-change swing-lever catch isn't the most secure (I filed a notch in the sheet-metal to catch it at the bottom and keep it from springing back up).

Summary - I love the machine and use it for all sorts of things, sharpening, smoothing, metal-removal. I have a lot of confidence in the Baldor motor and the sturdy design. I've acquired a full-range of belts and grind steel, HSS lathe bits, aluminum without any fuss. I DON'T use it for knife-grinding, I don't know enough about knife-grinding to judge the unit.
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You want a sealed motor (Baldor) on a sander; anything else is subject to getting fillings in the windings and shorting it out (voice of experience with a Jet type unit). Any doubts, talk to the guy who rebuilds your motors.
This is not a pretty machine; it is industrial grade and has beefy parts where it counts.
The ease of changing belts can not be over-stated.
The Kahn Tool company is a good outfit that only sells American made machines (visit their website for a good story about supporting American tool producers).
The platen is substantial but is probably not heat treated. I suggest you let the belt do the work and vary the the position of the grinding across the width of the belt (good technique anyway).
I would recommend this machine and this company. I would buy another Kalamazoo 2X48 sander from them but will never have to :)
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Mitchell on March 28, 2014
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For knife making, this is a really good sander. You have to get used to the speed, it removes a lot of material quickly. The one drawback to this is the static build up with continually shock the crap out of me. I'm guessing I need a grounding wire for my wrist or something. I keep my leg propped up against the stand to minimize the shock.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JAMES CRITTEN on March 5, 2013
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I have had this for a couple of months and am pleased. Removed the guard though. You can push the pully down by hand to change the belt.
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