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What Real People Are Saying About The Delta 31-140

Second time is a a charm!
  • CDPAR - February 9, 2016

Note latest comment below. I am pleased with the replacement sander. Decent sander for its price. Good for DIY'r types who want to add to their growing tool list.

I too was curious about run out. I removed the original disc (plan to replace with 100 grit). Mounted a dial gauge and run out was 0.0125" against the platter. This is about 1/80". Enough to see with the eye. I sent Delta an email asking if they can provide a spec for run out. Delta's reply may determine if I return this or not. I've seen reviewers trash this sander as they expect run out to be less than 0.005. Perhaps we are asking too much of a $200 tool? Does the average DY'r really need better tolerance? I'm sure there is enough slop in the miter gauge/bar to more than add 0.0125" deviation.

The sander is heavy with a cast iron table. True, the machining is crude, a little better than Harbor Freight. These Chinese tools seem to come from the same low cost manufacturer. Considering other sanders in this price range, the Delta might be the best, all things considered.

2/15 still waiting on Delta's email reply to my question regarding run out spec.
2/26 Contacted Delta Tech support via phone. On hold for more than 30 mins, however, tech did indicate 0.0125" run out is excessive and I should return this sander. I will re-post run out on replacement sander when arrives.
3/5 returned sander as instructed by Delta. Amazon's return process is great. Set up replacement sander. Alignment almost perfect out of the box. Measures run out...glad to report less than 0.005. Powered on, ran smoothly. Giving this product 4 stars.

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A good quality tool

I bought this model instead of one of the cheaper prevalent Chinese models because it has the vacuum attachment and the brake. The brake is what I find the most useful feature aside from the tool being capable of the job. The motor is a monster and gets this thing to speed in no time.

Without the brake it would wind down for minutes and it is pretty loud. My metal shop isn't exactly a tranquil place but I don't like to hear something spinning that fast unless it is under my supervision.

I would buy it again over the competitor's offerings.

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Excellent Sander

Received the sander in the mail a few weeks ago and have been using it for my segmented bowl and vase rings. I took off the deck, which worked great btw. Does exactly what I needed it for and would definitely recommend. The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because when I first turned it on it was making a really loud noise like metal on metal so I looked around and noticed the back metal gate had been dented in so it was rubbing against the plastic fan in the back. I took the metal gate off bent it back out, screwed it back on and was good to go, so much quieter. So in the end the performance of the sander gets 5 stars from me, the dent must have happened during shipping or before.

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Quality sander.

I watched a couple of You-Tube videos about this sander prior to ordering. Several people complained about damage. Well not this one. It was boxed up like Fort Knox, not a scratch or dent anywhere. Set it up and it does exactly what I expected. Installing the break was simple and stopped the unit in a matter of a few seconds. Would have been nice if a couple of extra sanding disks were included, but not a reason to rate it less than five stars. Would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice addition to their shop. Revised the review from five to four stars due to the difficulty involved in changing the sanding disk. A real pain in the butt, but still a good tool and would buy again.

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Nice Disc Sander
  • Ryan - August 12, 2013

This sander is very heavy(about 75lbs.) and is almost all thick metal. The disc powers up quickly and is at full speed in just a few seconds. It has more than enough power to stay at full speed when you press objects against it. I was sharpening a plane blade and I could not slow the wheel by increasing pressure on the disc. When using my 8 inch bench grinder I can easily control the speed by the pressure I have on the wheel. This sander has more than enough power for any material from soft wood to hard steel. The wheel does not have any wobble to it and is very flat. The table is very heavy and all metal. The slide has a notch so it will not slip out when you bring it across. The table is a little stiff when your trying to adjust it up and down. You will have to help it along a little with your other hand while you turn the knob. The table screws down tight and will not move. The stops on the angle adjust are fairly accurate. The power switch is big and right on top making it very easy to use. The power switch also has a tab lock that works fine. Has nice dust collection and it will fit a 2 1/2" hose. It also comes with a 2 1/2" hose that is about 3ft long. The brake works fine, but it is made of cheap plastic.

I have changed the disc to a 100 grit disc. The machine comes with a 60 grit disc which is really good quality. It is just very abrasive and you will probably need to get a different disc. When you change the disc you have to take off the table, the knob and the dust collection guard. It takes a little time, but it is not that difficult to do. You will need to spend some time going over this. There are a few angles that you will need to adjust on the table. You will also need to check all the screws and make sure everything is tightened properly. I would suggest buying the disc you want with this machine and change the disc and check the machine together when you first get it.

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People's Choice

These Are Some Of The Highest Rated Delta Sanders Available Today
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2. Delta 31-483 Spindle Sander

  • (26 Ratings)

The truth is that the Delta 31-140 was the Delta Sanders that we graded at the top. Having said that, there were a range of other very high quality Delta Sanders we wanted to show you here that only just missed the mark.

Delta is yet another major maker of Sanders. They produce the tool next on our list. Delta's Spindle Sanders are also top quality. It was fantastic to try out the 31-483. I was very happy using this tool!

The model 31-483 Spindle Sander by Delta, at $598.79 is a particularly excellent Sander for the money. If you uncertain about our top choice, I'd consider the Delta 31-483 next. It's a high quality tool at a terrific price.

Full Delta 31-483 Review

Delta 31-483 Features

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Backed by a 5 year warranty


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The 31-482 by Delta and the by are worth taking a look at as well. Both tool manufacturers are famous for their top quality Sanders. Both tools are highly rated also. Customers awarded the 31-482 an average score of 4.1/5 stars. You can compare that to the that boasts an average rating of /5 stars.

The 31-482 by Delta offers some really choice features like Precision ground steel platen with graphite pad eliminates distortion and extends belt life. The by comparison, is very competitive offering plus .

I wouldn't hesitate to endorse either of these Delta Sanders