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Martin McIntosh06/02/2018 22:27:30
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I bought a Clarks 4" belt/6" disc sander years ago having tried a quality belt sander previously. The Clarks is certainly not of high quality since the horizontal belt stops with the slightest pressure and the disc table wobbles all over the place, the point being, ensure that the table is rigid before you part with your cash. Having said that, it is still a very useful tool to have. Looking back, I should have bought a stand alone 9" disc instead.

Stuart Z08/02/2018 09:32:48
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Morning,

I picked one up this morning. Perfect for what I want

Self adhesive disc is 125mm and readily available from Axminster Tools etc, and no doubt elsewhere. It’s the same size as the Proxxon disc.

Good number on stock this morning.

S

Simon Feather08/02/2018 09:46:32
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I got one too; not used it yet, initial impression is that it seems more than adequate for our hobby - aileron bevelling now should be much easier, I used to do this by hand with a home made tilting shooting board.

As someone said earlier in the thread, the calibrations on the table tilt are way off - mine are out by about 2 degrees, but as long as you know that can be allowed for.

About a dozen out on display in the Ossett store this morning, but also some of last week's offers available too.

Next week there's a robot vacuum cleaner coming up... hm... another workshop aid??

Simon

Stuart Z08/02/2018 09:51:41
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Posted by Simon Feather on 08/02/2018 09:46:32:

I got one too; not used it yet, initial impression is that it seems more than adequate for our hobby - aileron bevelling now should be much easier, I used to do this by hand with a home made tilting shooting board.

As someone said earlier in the thread, the calibrations on the table tilt are way off - mine are out by about 2 degrees, but as long as you know that can be allowed for.

About a dozen out on display in the Ossett store this morning, but also some of last week's offers available too.

Next week there's a robot vacuum cleaner coming up... hm... another workshop aid??

Simon

Simon,

Hadn’t got as far as checking the table angles but a set of “set squares” from kids stationers and that will take care of the core angles. I used a square to set the table initially anyway, never too sure about the ‘calibrations’ on any tool. But for £29.99 it’s a bargain.

S

Glyn4408/02/2018 10:13:22
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Me too. 8 on the shelf at 9:30. Got three set squares as well.

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Simon Feather08/02/2018 10:19:28
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I don't trust engineers' squares until I've checked them, as I've bought two in the past that have been ... not square. Including one fairly expensive one.

Glyn4408/02/2018 11:01:08
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Interesting Simon, just how do you check them?

trebor08/02/2018 11:01:14
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Got one ! I got up early (for me) and walked down to the shop, I could have had a lay in as there was about 10 on the shelf. Didn't bother with the pliers as they were naff but came away with some tubes of silicone sealant. Had a quick look at it, I did notice the table has a wobble even if the nuts are tight when you put weight on it. Will have to remember this when setting it up. It will be fine for balsa and 3mm ply which doesn't justify spending loads of money.

Ron Gray08/02/2018 11:16:16
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Got one!

Piers Bowlan08/02/2018 11:57:23
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I like the clamp, much quicker than screwing it to a bench which is what I was expecting. Nice and quiet too. I have been thinking of lots of new uses for it, so it won't be living in it's box looking for a home. Thanks for the heads up on this one as I have considered getting one in the past and I think it will be hobby money well spent.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator08/02/2018 12:00:54
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Just got one, looks good.
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Devcon108/02/2018 12:11:01
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What a sucker...

Just got one from the Exeter Wonsford store, it was the £50.00 extra on food and stuff that I spent.

They must calculate which "Special Buy" stuff brings in the most incremental/spontaneous spend from people like me.

Very happy with the sander, looking forward to a little fillet steak tonight...

Edited By Devcon1 on 08/02/2018 12:11:31

Edited By Devcon1 on 08/02/2018 12:11:47

Christopher Long 108/02/2018 12:14:50
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Check your sander, I bought one this morning and after getting home I found that when I unbolted the table to put on a sanding disc the captive nut disappeared into the body, which meant a trip back to Lidl to get a replacement. I checked the replacement sitting in the car park just to make sure that the fault was just a one off, but worth checking!

Simon Feather08/02/2018 12:16:34
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How to check a square is actually square:

  • take a piece of wood or whatever with one straight edge - you can even use the bench if you like - put the square against it and scribe a line;
  • now reverse the square, put it up against the first line and scribe another line. If it's square, the two lines will be superimposed; if not, you will get an obvious V shape;
  • make sure you use the same edges of the blade, just in case the sides of the blade are not parallel.

Hopefully this picture illustrates:

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Geoff Sleath08/02/2018 13:18:50
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There were about half a dozen in the Ripley Lidl at 11 this morning. I'm pleased they aren't either too big or too heavy and fit in a normal canvas shopping bag It nearly broke my arms carrying my Aldi scroll saw to the bus a few weeks ago.

Very neat and works well. I checked around to see what else is on the market and really, apart from this there isn't an equivalent at anywhere near this price. It's certainly not suitable for heavy duty woodwork (which many of the much more expensive ones are) but for model building when most of the sanding will be of relatively small balsa parts it's ideal. The guide on mine is quite accurate but the table angle scale is about 1.5 degrees in error when I set it up a right angles in both senses with an engineer's square. It'll be great for getting strip to the correct angle on built-up fuselages and tails etc.

Geoff

michael cawood08/02/2018 13:53:40
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I had the same problem as Christopher, the nut disappeared when I removed the table to fit the sanding disc. as I have been an electrician for 45 years and have mended hundreds of tools I stripped it down, replaced the nut held it in with the bolt and glued it. the case is held by 4 Philip screws ( I feared they might of been security screws, as Bosch always fit one). saved taking it back. mike

J V R08/02/2018 14:10:50
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Got mine there were only 5 left in the Eltham branch, just checked it works and for any run out on the sanding disc and it runs nicely with no vibrations.......

Geoff Sleath08/02/2018 14:24:25
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I had no difficulty fitting the sanding disc with the table in place. Of course I did it before I read the instructions and didn't know it was required - #instructionsareforwimps

Geoff

DaveyP08/02/2018 14:47:18
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Someone has already put one on Ebay, exactly the same , for £59.99 nerd

Edited By DaveyP on 08/02/2018 15:07:38

David P Williams08/02/2018 16:30:11
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Just back home with mine - not very popular in Wales as Lidl Newtown has quite a pile. Looks OK, runs smoothly, will try sanding stuff tomorrow.

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