Kreg screwing takes a little practice...using vise grips keeps the two peices together so they don`t shift. A clutch on the drill helps alot!
Even though I stared this about the sander, I have to say something about this post.
It does not take a little practice. It takes a LOT of practice. I personally and not very happy with this kreg jig at all. As far as the vice grips, I'm way past the distance of using those. The jaws just aren't long enough. Plus you take a chance on damaging the wood. Now while I may not be the sharpest tool in the shop, I am no dummy (unless you ask my wife). I am using hickory to make my kitchen cabinets and am trying to use the jig. All it does is split the wood. They claim you don't need to be pre-drilled, but you do. The only problem with that is that I can't find a drill bit long enough for that. Plus, while making face frames, the hole is too close to the edge and continually will either come out the side, or just split the side out.
And yes guys, I AM doing it the right way. I have done EVERYING the instructions say to do. I have adjusted everything that can be adjusted more then once. I even went to a smaller screw. So far, nothing has helped.
As far as the sander goes: I figured it wouldn't be any worse if I took it apart, so I took the two rollers off. Not as difficult as I anticipated. I think it will cost way less to fix then to buy new. If anyone knows where to find cheap parts, please let me know. While looking, the cheapest I could find for the drive roller was close to $60.00. I think that is about all I need for it. I got the front roller freed up and rolling easy.
Geoguy: You rarley use one, but you have two of them. What's that all about??? On those occasions when you decide to use them you have one for each hand???
And yes, they can and will eat some wood if not careful. I've certinaly gone through my share as well as a few others boards without realizing it. I agree with you about the orbital. That is why I don't use the belt as much anymore. But there are still those occasions when I find that it is the best sander for the job.
Thank you guys for all the posts. It's interesting what the thoughts are about different tools and their uses.
It sounds to me that there are still a lot of you that like and still use the belt sander. I'm glad to see I'm not alone in this.