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The first power tools most hobbyist woodworkers own are drills and saws.  Though it’s possible to build a house with hand tools, let’s face it: Some things are a lot easier to accomplish with a cordless drill and a circ saw.  Generally, though, when woodworkers head back to the store for the second round of purchasing, they usually find themselves considering sanders — like this 31-120 disc sander from Delta.

The 31-120 is a 1/2 horsepower 12” disc sander.  It features a built-in dust collection port (located at the lower left rear of the unit) and an attached table that tilts with 90 and 45 degree stop locks.  The 31-120 also has a cast-iron base with pre-drilled holes for bench mounting.

You can fit the disc with any round 12” grit sandpaper, and swapping paper looks pretty simple. 

If the projects in your future call for a lot of angled sanding — and trust us, they eventually will — a disc sander like this can save a great deal of time and make short work some long hours spent hand sanding.

Street pricing starts at $175.

31-120 12″ Disc Sander [Delta]
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3 Responses to Finds: Delta 12″ Disc Sander

  1. Rick says:

    This looks interesting.. Can you adjust the angle of the table versus the face of the disc?
    According to their site:
    “Tilting cast-iron table with 90 degress and 45° positive stops locks in position with spring-loaded, table-locking handles.”

    But I can’t tell if they mean you can turn the table 45 or 90 degrees from horizontal along the disc (sort of a see-saw motion front to back) or 45-90 degrees perpendicular to the disc face (like a yaw motion left to right (if you’re standing in front of the sander with the disc facing to your right.)

  2. Mikey Mike says:

    It would be #2, if I understand you correctly. Imagine sanding a bevel… like so: http://www.mytoolstore.com/delta/31-460c.jpg

  3. tom says:

    The table (as you see it) in the photo is at 90 degrees to the ‘sanding surface.’

    It will also tilt down (front edge) 45 degrees more. It has stops in boths of these positions.

    You can place a miter guage in the table slot to get perfect miters.

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