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Super-Size Disc Sander

A 15″ disc sander like the new 15-205 from
General International, is a great addition
to any shop if you’ve got room on the floor
and in your budget. There was a time when
every patternmaker’s shop had a large sander
like this for precision work on large pieces.
Most of those shops are history, but the need
for fine-tuning angles and edges by sanding
hasn’t gone away.

Besides general shaping of parts, one of
the other tasks for such a machine is fine-tuning
miters. Even with a good miter
saw, joints will oft en need some tweaking.
Making those micro-adjustments using a
miter saw can be an exercise in frustration,
but it’s relatively simple using a disc sander’s
large, flat surface.

The 15-205 is equipped with “x” and “y” axis miter slots, allowing you to set the
miter gauge at any angle to the disc. Th e
12″ x 22″ cast-iron table tilts from 0° to
45°. This beefy tool can handle shaping
or making precise adjustments on large
or small parts.

The 15-205 is equipped with a 2 hp,
220 volt motor, a 4″ dust port and an
enclosed steel stand with a built-in storage
shelf. Th e table height is 38-3/8″, and
the machine weighs 212 pounds.

Safety features include a lockout
key for the “on” switch, an oversize stop
switch and a mechanical brake.


Note: Product availability and prices are subject to change.

General International,, 888-949-1161,
15″ Disc Sander, #15-205.

This story originally appeared in American Woodworker August/September 2013, issue #167.

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