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Belt Sander - Information

The stationery Belt Sander will remove stock more quickly and with far greater ease and precision than any other abrasive machine.

For rapid stock removal, simply sand across the grain. When you need true 90-degree edges or corners, just position the work table along the side of the belt and use it as a precision Rip Fence guide.

Thanks to its straight-line cutting action, you can switch to fine grit belts and produce workpiece edges or surfaces that are super-smooth and straight as an arrow.

This is the ideal tool for smoothing narrow or wide board surfaces or edges; removing mill marks from sawn stock; sanding bevels, miters and other cuts where angles or final sizing may be critical; contour sanding odd-shaped workpieces; sanding protruding joinery flush with workpiece edges or surfaces; sanding small or odd-shaped parts that are difficult to hold for sanding with hand-held power sanders; and lots more.

Special features provide added Belt Sanding convenience and precision

6-inch x 9-inch Support Table tilts and locks into position to control angles and act as a back-up for certain operations. Use it across the belt, parallel to it on either side or at any angle for support when surfacing or edging stock. Your MARK Vís Miter Gauge can also be used with the Belt Sander, as can our Sharpening Guide (555204).

Automatic belt tensioning and tracking -- Just twist the Tensioning Knob until it clicks to release the tension for belt changes. Then, depress the knob release lever and everything snaps back to ďnormalĒ, automatically. No tension settings required. Special high-crown drum makes tracking a snap.

Dust Collection Hook-Up -- Attaches to the Shopsmith DC3300 Dust Collection System with a 2-1/2-inches hose for dust-free sanding.

Free-running belt on back side has no support platen, making it ideal for sanding odd-shaped (convex) project components.

Auxiliary Power Shaft extends from the drive roller for added versatility! Accepts the Shopsmith Drum Sander (505552). Or, use your MARK Vís Drill Chuck to hold any of our small diameter Drum Sanders.

Manuals:
Manual, Parts List and Exploded View Drawing - Item #556075

How Old Is It:
Below is a chart indicating the Serial Numbers of the Belt Sanders made in various years.

Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
1954 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1955 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1956 10755 11964 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1957 -- -- -- -- -- -- 16064 -- -- -- -- --
1958 -- -- -- -- 16387 16899 -- -- -- -- -- --
1959 -- -- 17029 -- -- 17110 -- -- 17350 -- -- 17580
1960 17585 -- -- 17649 -- -- -- -- -- -- 17788 --
1961 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
1978 3475 -- -- 3608 -- 3658 3733 3792 3962 4173 4281 4428
1979 4604 4879 5156 5532 5566 5814 5822 6019 6324 6684 7123 7420
1980 7748 8208 8715 9464 9911 10484 11102 11660 12446 13106 13749 14248
1981 14729 15214 15581 16193 16770 17810 19418 20036 20595 20921 21361 22164
1982 22719 23419 23871 24424 24750 25339 25831 26605 27347 27695 28028 28697
1983 29157 30110 31129 31962 32677 33414 34182 34722 35442 36087 36557 37039
1984 37540 38162 38650 39345 39920 40719 41241 41596 42435 42884 43509 44329
1985 45097 45831 46503 47131 47471 47821 -- -- 48257 48723 49168 49643
1986 50120 50555 -- 51484 51861 52319 52584 52737 52854 53083 53085 53383
1987 53708 54032 54219 54328 54500 54734 55045 55061 55250 55410 55606
From Dec 1987 until now, Belt Sanders have date codes.
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