A poor man's Linisher
A few years ago there was an article in "Model Engineers' Workshop" about
using a cheap belt sander from LIDL as a linisher. I was in the Ilford
LIDL earlier today and found that a slightly updated version is back in
stock for £24.99. They are belt sanders with clamps so that they can be
attached to a bench with the belt on top. I've regularly used mine since
Dec 2008 having made a simple end stop which attaches to it by a tapped
hole in the case. They also have cheap packs of belts of various grit
sizes. A quick tip if you need a finer grade, is to run the belt on some
old wood until it has worn down and then clean it by running it on a wax
belt cleaning block (mine came from Screwfix or MachineMart) or a candle
There is an article about the original version at:
which could be modified for the latest model which is slightly different.
PS There were only a couple left in the Ilford store and once they are
gone it's a long wait until they come back into stock. They also had a
variety of other tools including air powered ones for under £30.
By the way one good thing apart from the low price about LIDL tools is the
3 year guarantee.
Using an Acorn RiscPC
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