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Belt size

Discussion in 'Hammer & Tongs' started by TMatt204, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. TMatt204


    Feb 3, 2017
    Hi all, I am finally transitioning from a 1 x 30 belt sander to a larger one. I bought a larger one used last year, but it was an odd belt size (3 x 46). A friend is going to build me one using the wheels and motor. I am planning on a 72", but given that the width of the contact wheels are 3", I would like it to be a common size so I can find belts. With the width of the wheels, what belt size would be common? Thanks
  2. Josh Rider

    Josh Rider KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 2, 2014
  3. TMatt204


    Feb 3, 2017
    Thanks Josh
  4. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    You can run 2X72, 2.5X72 and 3X72 on it. 2X72 will be the most available.

    Having a couple 120 and 400 grit 3X72 belts around for cleaning up the bevels when flat grinding may be nice.
  5. TMatt204


    Feb 3, 2017
    Thanks, I was wondering if I could use 2" belts with 3" wheels. I guess I could have two platens made to swap out... one 2" and one 3" platens. Thanks again

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