Reviewing: SHOP FOX W1712 1.5-Horsepower 6/12-Inch Combination Disc and Belt Sander

SHOP FOX W1712 1.5-Horsepower 6/12-Inch Combination Disc and Belt Sander

SHOP FOX W1712 1.5-Horsepower 6/12-Inch Combination Disc and Belt Sander
This Heavy-Duty Combination Sander uses a 6 x 48 belt, a 12 disc, and a 1-1/2 HP motor to tackle your tougher sanding operations. Unlike many belt-driven sanders that require adjustments, the SHOP FOX W1712 uses a direct ball bearing drive from the motor to the sanding disc and belt to deliver a maintenance and vibration free positive torque flow. For increased sanding versatility and control, both cast iron tables accept the miter gauge. CSA certified meeting CSA C22.2 #71.2-10 and UL 987-7 standards! Specifications: Motor: 1-1/2 HP, 110V, 12A, Single-phase, 1,725 RPMTables: Precision ground cast iron (2)Sanding belt size: 6 x 48Disc size: 12 (Disc is computer balanced)Belt release: Quick changeSanding belt speed: 878 FPMDisc speed: 1,725 RPMSwitch: ON/OFF toggle with safety keyStand: Cabinet style, powder coated paintHeavy-duty miter gaugePowder coated paintDust ports: 2 and 2-1/2Bearings: Shielded ball bearing constructionApproximate shipping weight: 178 lbs.

  • Heavy-duty miter gauge
  • Powder coated paint
  • Bearings: Shielded ball bearing construction
  • Disc speed: 1,725 RPM

List Price: $ 709.00

Price: $ 679.99

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  1. Kenneth T. Schlag "Valkyrie Ken"
    39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Keep looking, July 20, 2007
    This machine has been a disappointment, the only reason I give it a second star is that it hasn’t blown up (yet)

    1. The enclosed cabinet is a waste of space. I am used to having a door or something to place spare belts, adjustment tools etc. in this space. This cabinet has no such access.

    2. The tracking adjustment is not user friendly and is manufactured with very loose tolerances that throw off the adjustment by simply locking it into position.

    3. Due to the poor tracking, the sanding belt has walked to the side and cut up the plactic guards and duct collection cowl which have subsequently been thrown away.

    4. The table adjustments lock downs are created from plastic which I feel is inadequate to allow the clamping force necessary to ensure the table stays true and square. One of the locking levers has broken on me.

    5. The on/off switch is unreliable. Sometimes it needs a little exercising to get it to function and recently it has stayed in the run position requiring me to shut it down by unplugging it.

    6. The drive drum on the belt sander portion worked loose once and I took it apart to get it working again. The attachment was a set screw on the pulley locking it to a flat ground onto the drive shaft. I feel that to tranfer the torque of a 1-1/2 HP motor, a more substantial connection is appropriate (keyed, splines, etc.)

    I consider myself a midlevel hobbyist and bought this to replace my Delta that was lost in the Katrina flood. I have used this sander approximately 80 hours making a complete set of kitchen cabinets and various other smaller projects.

    I currently would not consider Shop Fox for future purchases based on my experience with this sander.

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  2. MuleSkinner
    7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Piece of Junk with no MFG Support, November 27, 2011
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    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1712 1.5-Horsepower 6/12-Inch Combination Disc and Belt Sander (Tools & Home Improvement)
    The belt sander quit working on the first piece I tried to sand. I called the Tech Support who basically told me to either fix it and if I needed parts he would send them or I could, at my own expense crate it and ship it to a service center where it would be for three weeks before they could repair it. It took over four hours to take it apart and reassemble. The problem was two set screws not secured when manufactured. The Shop Fox Operations Manager told me that they can’t inspect every unit that they receive from overseas. If they can’t certify their vendors thne they better come up with a whole lot better Customer Support Approach. Should have known better than to buy another Grizzly / Shop Fox Product.

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  3. Ronald Haefner "Haefdog"
    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A good sander for the money, March 17, 2013
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    Ronald Haefner “Haefdog” (great plains) –
    (REAL NAME)

    This review is from: SHOP FOX W1712 1.5-Horsepower 6/12-Inch Combination Disc and Belt Sander (Tools & Home Improvement)

    I have read a number of reviews and even went and looked at one of these machines before I made my purchase. And having the unit for a while now I must agree with most of the reviews on key issues for the sander.

    First I must say its not a bad machine and I have been rather pleased with the unit. Though it is not a Powermatic, I didn’t spend $1200 either, but I do feel its a decent value given the price, quality, and some shortcomings. Shop fox would do very well to make some of these minor improvements and really step up this machine to a better level.

    1. The tables are nice and large being created from cast iron. The table on the belt has a feature where the pivot bolts are loosened and the tilting knobs are removed, then the table simply lifts up, out, and off. However there is no positive stop for the 90 degree adjustment, so either trust the degree scale and/or check it with a square. The table can be removed for attaching the work stop fence for flat sanding. I have not tried the work stop fence, I have a drum sander for that operation.

    the table for the disc is also nice and large and created from cast iron. It had 2 sets of holes for the pivot, the manual shows a picture that might lead one to believe that the lower of the 2 should be used but I used the upper hole closer to the table surface, it matched the arc for the table tilt knobs. The manual also did not show using the lock nut on the back side of the cap screws used for the table pivot. I installed the cap screws to where the table could pivot and then used the locknuts to lock the cap screw in place. I think this was the intent and it is how I am using it. The table for the disc is not easily removed, but I can replace the paper on the disc without removing the table. This table too has no positive stops for 90 degree adjustment.

    Neither table has a T-slot, and this could be useful for attaching jigs and other accessories for operations such as circle sanding, etc. And it is nice that the belt and disc each have their own tables.

    2. The enclosed cabinet is indeed a waste of space so I left the back off, placed the unit on a mobile base and made a shelf for the bottom of the unit. I plan on making a small shelf unit to sit inside the base. And since it is on a mobile base the shelf keeps the sides in place and the unit is sturdy. I would not do this if the unit is to be free standing on the floor. The smaller Shop Fox w1676 sander has a door. A nice door and 2 shelves would really help this unit. The rubber feet are not adjustable but this has not been an issue as mine is on a mobile base.

    3. Dust collection is a must with a sander and lack of it is a health risk, not to mention its going to get messy. This sander can make a lot of saw dust and that means its working well. I must agree that the plastic dust hood on the belt and disc do indeed leave a lot to be desired. They seem flimsy but have not caused too much concern yet. It is odd that the disc uses a 2″ hose and the belt uses a 2 1/2″ hose. I am still working on a suitable setup for dust collection. I envision adapting up the disc hood to 2 1/2″ right away and running both to a 4″ quick couple hose connector. If the cabinet wasn’t going to be used then Shop Fox could have ran hoses from both the belt and disc inside the cabinet and connected them to a Y and a 4 inch hose connector on the cabinet side much like a jointer would use.

    4. Belt tracking has not been an issue on my sander, but I can see where it could be problematic. Included in my little kit of parts was a screwdriver handle with a hole (figured out it was for the belt change lever) and a screwdriver with just a smooth rod (figured out it was for the belt tracking and tension bolt) Not mentioned in the manual but was entertaining to figure out what they were for. If the belt does track off it will cut the plastic dust hood to shreds in a short time. Though I have seen the metal ones get cut up too, its just much faster and less obvious when it happens with the plastic hood. This too is an area that could be improved with some minor tweaks in the engineering. The W1676 seems to have better user friendly tracking using a knob rather than tools. A metal guide or stop could be designed to protect the dust hood should the belt get off track.

    5. The on/off switch performs well but does seem to be a bit on the cheap side. I would have preferred a cabinet mounted switch with the more official looking green button red paddle switch. Though the W1676 has a cabinet mounted switch it uses the same on as this sander.

    6. Machine speed is 1725 RPM and this works very well. It allows a lot of control over the sanding rate and burns less than my other unit running at 3450 RPM. One interesting observation is the disc spins clockwise. I thought it would take some getting used to but it was not an issue. A friend of mine said isn’t that normal? My…

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  4. Arthur Stacey

    Now I’d like to see you do what that shop was built for,,,,, working,,,,
    LOL.
    Wish I could afford a shop something like that.

  5. Eric Shelton

    Good job on the shop. What part of the country do you live in? I’m assuming
    the north west by the trees.

  6. Tradesmen Ireland

    Great job on that, not an easy task to construct something of that
    magnitude. Was it worth it in the end?

  7. rtz549

    Nice place!

  8. Robert Schuster

    What was the cost on all this? It had to be quite expensive.

  9. FlintF

    Best. Shop. Ever. Seen. … Very practical. And of course, another great
    video, thanks for sharing!

  10. Micah Montoya

    geez, i’d kill to LIVE in your shop. haha

  11. Nathan Nostaw

    Love the video, great extra detail on the animations.

  12. cisforcat9

    Beautiful building and amazing space!

  13. Adrian Sorin Vasilache

    (sorry my bad english)I would like to have a wood shop just like yours.I
    want to be with you and talk but I am a child so I can`t do that.

  14. hippo potamus

    “wood working hobby” lol!

  15. Steve R

    This is one of the best made video’s I have ever seen !
    Very enjoyable to watch ! Thank you, Steve R.
    Have fun in your beautful shop !

  16. higheddy89

    Kudos to taking the time to make a really informative video. Nice
    storyline.

  17. truebluekit

    Who dislikes this and why?

  18. Noble909

    How much did the architect charge you altogether?

  19. Russell Parks

    Pretty cool, thanks for sharing.

  20. Raymond Cote

    this is an awesome shop and i think this what i will design my garage
    around i have bin looking and looking and this just amazes me

  21. Wot48

    Excellent video.

  22. Eli Colner

    I like how you added credits for your contractors. It sounds like they
    worked really hard for you. Class.

  23. Tyler Parrott

    Overall, how much did that set you back?

  24. molekulaTV

    Wonderful….

    Very inspiring!!!!

    ….caching the moment when the grass could be seen at the first time
    was…. so joyful :)

  25. Diodraco Illiandrus

    this, and all of your videos are wonderful to watch. especially the
    stopmotion animation aspects. I would love to see more “entertainment”
    videos, perhaps play with…working within the bounds of nature, rather
    than shaping it to your whims. on another tangent, I love your honesty, and
    open approach to your commentaries, you’re NOT afraid to say how you could
    have done something better, or how you messed up, and had to do it again.
    stay honest, and have fun! and…viva la dance of the rusty clamp faries.

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