I picked one up at SNAG last year. I haven’t used it much, but I’ve
been positively impressed with it those times I have used it. The
initial one had a minor manufacturing issue (someone forgot to
drill/tap the holes for the dust collector). I had an email directly
from Kate Wolfe within a day or so, and she swapped the unit for me
the next day. (Shipping from her went out in under 12 hours, but
since we’re on opposite sides of the country, it took a couple of
days to get to me.) So customer service is outstanding. I’ve got a
few minor tweaks I’d make to it, and will eventually write up for the
’frankentool’ section of my website, but it’s a fine tool out of the
box. (slightly different tool-rest, along with a suggestion from Kate
about rigging it to be mounted upside down for slack-belt sanding.)
If you have (or are thinking about getting) a foredom that can
switch directions, that’d be a handy thing to power it with, and if
you have a GRS benchmate, absolutely get the GRS mounting attachment.
(about $10) It’s a lot more stable clamped into a GRS bracket. (the
dust collector assumes a normally rotating foredom, to spray dust
back and away from you, but there are times when it’d be handy to be
able to go the other way.) If you have a small shop-vac, use it. The
thing creates mountains of dust…everywhere…
My only real complaint about it is that it seems to be a mechanism
for causing me to buy sanding belts. This is just a fact of life with
belt sanders, so it’s more of an observation than a real complaint.
One of these days, if my use of it gets to the point where the belts
bug me, I’ll look into getting some raw 1" abrasive rolls, and
splicing up my own belts. It’s not hard to do.
The available belts run the range from fairly coarse to absurdly
fine, so it’s got a wide range. The strip-length of the belt is also
short enough that you could splice up your own belts out of standard
sized sheets of abrasive if you had to, or you needed something
Hope this helps,
Usual disclaimers apply: no interest beyond a satisfied user.