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My grinder flat out sucks and I would like to use my belt sander from now on. I have a craftsman 4x36 bench top sander.

What belts are recommended for this and what grit? I've herd 120 is good but really haven't tried. Is it best to order belts to get better quality? I know HD and Rockler didn't have metal sanding belts.
I will be sharpening HSS chisels only.
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If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, you might give their blue, zirconia belts a try, 2 for $7.99. I've used used the 80 grit and they seem to hold up pretty well on my little 4X36 imported sander. I sand wood, metal, acrylic, you name it.
 

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joek30296 said:
If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, you might give their blue, zirconia belts a try, 2 for $7.99. I've used used the 80 grit and they seem to hold up pretty well on my little 4X36 imported sander. I sand wood, metal, acrylic, you name it.
I didn't think about going there but now I will. I used a 120 grit wood belt and it lasted long enough to sharpen my spindle roughing gouge.
 

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I built my own strip sander and have been playing with the different grits but still new to using this so haven't experimented a lot. I have been using 320. It cuts fast. If you need to reshape an edge 120 would be better.
 

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I agree that 120 cuts fast and would be good for reshaping tools. What would a good grit be to keep the edge. Maybe 220? For touching up chisels. I'm not looking for perfect, surgically sharp edges. Just a good sharp safe tool to use.
 

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A knife maker advised me to use 320 grit. I have been useing 320 grit for over a year and 1-2 quick light passes and done.

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Are there plans for a sharping jig for a 4x36 belt sander? As far as belts go I would use 220 to shape, 320 if really dull but mostly I would use 400 to keep the edge sharp.
 
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