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Old 09-25-2019, 03:36 PM
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Default Baxter 1/2" x 18" Belt Sander

During the on going recent introduction of Harbor Freight's new Icon brand hand tool line (what I've seen looks pretty nice), they also introduced their new Baxter brand 1/2" x 18" hand held belt sander, similar to a Dyna-File. I have a 1/2" x 18" Dyna-File belt sander, the Baxter is about 1/2 of the weight and a about 3/4 of the size of the Dyna-File and is also variable speed, which the Dyna-File is not.

It rated at a max of 1800 rpms, which would put the belt speed at about 1500-1600 fpm. I have not used it in anger yet, but the initial trial out of the box, was impressive. The Baxter line of sanders, offered by Harbor Freight, includes a straight flat sander and a DA sanders, basically automotive body tools.

The belt sander is roughly $80, roughly 1/2 of the cheapest Dyna-File. I have a job coming up, that will be a real test for the Baxter, we will see how well it stands up.



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Old 09-25-2019, 06:24 PM
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Please report back. How is the air noise from it. Screaming loud, or semi muffled?
I was using a similar belt sander this morning after welding up a couple nicks in cylinder rods for my skid loader, and the old guy cane over and complained about me ruining the nice quiet morning.


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Old 09-26-2019, 07:25 AM
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The dynafile is not variable speed ?

I've used one for years, and it's simple to just tease the throttle.

I see the HF version is the better style with the air motor at 90 degrees
to the belt axis, the dynafile I never liked, it's like a club.

But, It appears a mixing is going on with the HF version, the arm and end roller set-up look to be a direct dynafile copy (the best part of a dynafile IMHO.
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Old 09-26-2019, 12:42 PM
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With my Dyna-File, it’s on or off, no in between.

Do you have the model of the Dyna-File, that has the (2) 90 degree bends in the sanding belt??
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Old 09-26-2019, 01:29 PM
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With my Dyna-File, it’s on or off, no in between.

Do you have the model of the Dyna-File, that has the (2) 90 degree bends in the sanding belt??
I don't own that small one, I have used them at work for years, the one with the (2) 90 degree bends and the rubber flap.
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Old 09-28-2019, 09:12 AM
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I would like a dynafile for occasional use at home but I don't want one that will only run 1/2" belts. If I need a dynafile, 1/2" is usually too wide. Is this compatible with Dynafile parts?

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Old 09-28-2019, 11:27 AM
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I ran the belt sander for about an hour or so, while cleaning up edges of 10ga and 3/16” steel plate pieces. I was surprised by the grunt it had, I never bogged it down, it ran flawlessly and the 1/2” x 18”, 50 grit ceramic belts worked great.

The belt sander, came with 2 high grade ceramic 1/2” x 18” belts (I didn’t use them), but they look very nice, but like a few other products that Harbor Freight sells, they do not seemed to be offered as a separate item. The 1/2” x 18” belts, they do sell are basically meant for wood and are just about worthless on metal.

They sell replaceable desiccant inline water separator/filters, but offer no replacement desiccant. The sell a pneumatic filer and a pneumatic body saw, they sell no replacement files and the blades are marginal.

At times I don’t understand their marketing plan, sell a product, then don’t sell the consumables.
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Old 09-28-2019, 11:40 AM
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Yeah, just like they sell TIG welders but don't sell the hoses for connecting to an argon flow meter.

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Old 09-28-2019, 11:46 AM
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I ran the belt sander for about an hour or so, while cleaning up edges of 10ga and 3/16” steel plate pieces. I was surprised by the grunt it had, I never bogged it down, it ran flawlessly and the 1/2” x 18”, 50 grit ceramic belts worked great.

The belt sander, came with 2 high grade ceramic 1/2” x 18” belts (I didn’t use them), but they look very nice, but like a few other products that Harbor Freight sells, they do not seemed to be offered as a separate item. The 1/2” x 18” belts, they do sell are basically meant for wood and are just about worthless on metal.

They sell replaceable desiccant inline water separator/filters, but offer no replacement desiccant. The sell a pneumatic filer and a pneumatic body saw, they sell no replacement files and the blades are marginal.

At times I don’t understand their marketing plan, sell a product, then don’t sell the consumables.
I agree HF makes no sense sometimes on what they do and don't supply. The manual for the Predator engine I put on the DR powerwagon has a section on High Altitude use which states. "You will void the warranty if you don't switch to high altitude carburetor jets" You guessed it they don't offer the high altitude jets.
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Old 09-30-2019, 05:56 AM
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Yup, like the 5 pc inserted carbide lathe tool set, yet no replacement inserts.....
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