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, general.ca, 888-949-1161,
This story originally appeared in American Woodworker August/September 2013, issue #167.
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