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Woodworking Tool News - Super-Size Disc Sander


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.