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Kalamazoo 1SM 1" Belt Sander, 32 lbs, 1725 RPM, 1/3 HP Motor, 1" x 42" Belt, 4" Contact Wheel

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Specifications for this item
Brand Name KALAMAZOO
Part Number B000REJM3K
Number of Items 1
Import Designation Made in USA
Included Components bare-tool
Item Weight 32 pounds
Power Source Type Motor: 1/3 HP, 1 PH

There are lots of ways to sharpen edge tools, but the Kalamazoo Belt Sander does an impressive jo... Read full product description




Product Features

  • Uses 1" x 42" belts.
  • Motor: 1/3 HP, 1 PH
  • Speed: 1,725 RPM
  • Tilt work table.
  • 4" contact wheel. Belt supporter.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 32 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 32 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000REJM3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,894 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Kalamazoo 1SM 1" Belt Sander, 32 lbs, 1725 RPM, 1/3 HP Motor, 1" x 42" Belt, 4" Contact Wheel + Magnate R1X42S22 1" x 42" Closed Coat Sanding Belt, Aluminum Oxide - 220 Grit; X Weight + Magnate R1X42S40 1" x 42" Closed Coat Sanding Belt, Aluminum Oxide - 400 Grit; X Weight
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Product Description

There are lots of ways to sharpen edge tools, but the Kalamazoo Belt Sander does an impressive job in just a couple of minutes. You can also sand and shape many kinds of materials on the 1 inch wide belt surface, including metal, wood, plastics and composites. Bolt it down or move it around as needed. It weighs just 32 pounds, so it is portable, but it is very well built. Spring tensioned rollers maintain consistent belt tension and tracking. Chisels, knives and other tools sharpen up nicely on the 42 inch long Aluminum Oxide belt that comes with the unit, and you can change and track belts in about 30 seconds. Adjustable 3inch x 3 inch tilt table / tool rest, and a hefty 1/3 HP 115 volt motor, single phase, 1725 rpm. On / off switch, 8-feet of cord.


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It is solid, very quiet, and it is very easy to change the belts.
B. Durtschi
You can change a belt in about 15 seconds including getting the belt to track where you want it.
tool builder
You can make your pocket knife literally shaving sharp with these.
LA

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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By tool builder on October 21, 2007
After having 2 chinese belt sanders give up the ghost, I finally bought one of these (from another vendor). I wish I had bought this first. The quality of this sander is dramatically better than those other sanders.

This sander is as basic as it can get. It is solid and should last for years and years. You have to mount it to something to use it. It comes fully assembled.

The Baldor motor is American made, and is fully sealed against the abrasive dust thrown off by the belt. It is fan cooled, and is plenty powerful enough for my needs.

You can change a belt in about 15 seconds including getting the belt to track where you want it. My sander has a cover for the top pulley that is not shown in the picture. The cover flips up so you can change the belt.

The belt tension is provided by a spring in the column that holds up the top pulley. Tension is not adjustable.

I use the belt sander for sharpening. It would be nicer if the belt went the other way so I can sharpen the knives edge up and rest my hands on the tool rest. Having said that, when I sharpen lawnmower blades and other big items it is nice that the sparks go downwards. I'll probably build my own tool rest since holding the angle is critical for maximum sharpness. I haven't used the provided tool rest. It is adjustable with a wrench. I don't imagine that it would be convenient to adjust frequently.

You can see video on sharpening at kosterknives.com under 'how to sharpen a convex microbevel'. It isn't as easy as it looks, but after some practice you should end up with really sharp tools. Our pruning shears, scissors, axe, kitchen knives, etc are all much easier to use now. I got my sanding belts (down to 9 micron) from leevalley.com. It looks like trugrit.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By John Bee on February 14, 2010
I have been using my new Kalamzoo belt grinder for knife and tool sharpening for the last four months. The machine is a quiet, solid machine that does not sound like it will shake itself apart like the " Harbor Freight" belt grinders do. This machine uses a high quality Baldor motor which is all ball bearing and sealed for life.
Using fine sanding belts ( up to 1000 grit) and a leather belt for polishing, this machine will put a razor edge on any knife or woodworking tool. With very little practice I was able to sharpen all my knives,the neighbors knives and all my buddies hunting knives and tools to an edge which will literally shave the hair from your arm with no problem.
Also if you are interested in knife making,[...] makes a nice add on for this grinder which turns it into a horizontal belt grinder which is able to create the grinding processes used in knife fabrication.
If you are looking for a great small belt grinder that will out last you ( and probably your kids) this is the machine for you. I have had a lot of fun with my little grinder and made my friends and neighbors happy with razor sharp knives.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on November 26, 2012
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This is a great product. The Baldor 1/3hp direct drive motor is strong enough for the most demanding jobs I've thrown at it. With a 100grit belt, this sander can remove a lot of material in short order. We use this sander for finishing small projects (knife scales, small boxes, etc.) and it is fantastic at that, It is also perfect for sharpening knives, tools, and such. As with some of the other reviewers, I had already discarded an inexpensive import that was grossly underpowered and virtually useless - at least i couldn't find a project for which it was suitable - maybe sanding balsa???

In any case, I needed a production sander so we got this and have used it for hundreds of hours since. The belts run true if the tension bar retaining knob is tightened securely. There is very little vibration on the unit. In fact, we're still using this on the OSB base used for packing the unit in the shipping container. Eventually, I'll make a base but there's really no need because of the minimal vibration. Noise is negligible compared to the dust extractor you'll have to have running to handle the airborne powder (if you don't use dust extraction, or at least a large Shop Vac, you'll be wise to use this out-of-doors because it removes a lot of fine material). f.y.i., From our experience, a PSI Woodworking DBGULP Big Gulp Dust Hood (currently $23 @ Amazon) with my 4" dust collection system recovers almost all of the airborne dust leaving only a trace amount behind on the table).

Belt change is trivial: flip up the end cap to expose the upper wheel, loosen the tension bar retaining knob 1/4 or 1/2 turn, push down on the head stock, R&R the belts, release tension and tighten the knob again.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By R. Russell on January 20, 2011
I purchased this belt grinder last summer for the purpose of shaping and sanding knife handles. It does a great job with this task and have expanded its use to include sharpening chores as well. I had used foreign made belt sanders and was impressed with the quality of this product right out of the box. You will have to mount this device to a table or flat surface to use but it is pretty simple to figure that out. It runs quiet with very minimal vibration. Getting the belts to track was a little tricky at first but after sometime it gets easier. All in all a good quality, no frills tool that should give you years of service. I plan to get the 2x48 version as well for the increased diameter belt size for grinding knife steel stock.
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