Shop Fox 1708 12” Disc Sander

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On the good side:

  • The Shop Fox has equal or more power compared to other 12” disc sanders within its price range.
  • The Sanding table tilt angle and distance from the sanding face is fairly easily adjusted.
  • The dust port seems to work great when a shop vac is attached.
  • The unit is fairly quiet.
  • The miter table is flat.

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On the downside:

  • The miter slot in the table is not parallel to the in-board edge of the table, so if you want to set the miter slot parallel to the disc face, you must use either a jig or a dial indicator.
  • The miter slot will NOT accept a standard 3/8” x ¾” miter slide.
  • The Disc face to which the sanding disc attaches is not flat.

Either the motor has excessive runout, or the sanding disc face is bent causing the disc face to wobble back and forth/in and out (this is in the horizontal plane-towards and away from the sanding table) so that only the high point of the sanding surface actually cuts (unless a bunch of force is applied, and then it cuts unevenly). When combining the wobble, and the not flat sanding face, it makes it extremely difficult/impossible to do any setup for a precision angle (within 0.1 – 0.3+/- deg or 0.6 degrees total) to be sanded. Even if using a digital protractor, the wobble makes the angular setup within o.3 degree impossible.

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5 Comments

PeteQuad

August 21st, 2008

I am in the market for an accurate disc sander. Looks like I can skip over this one.

Woodguy1975

August 21st, 2008

A disc sander is an important tool in a woodworker’s arsenal. I’ve used the Deta 12″ disk sanders and have not seen that kind of runout issue. I personally have a large 20″ General and love it. A large disc sander with a lot of mass is great for precision work. Spin it up to speed, turning it off, and you can sand away doing precision work for minutes. I probably sand with the power cut off about half the time because it can also remove stock very aggressively. Also the table on the larger sanding units are rack and pinion for the angle making precision work a breeze.

I definitely would skip over this one and go for the Delta 12″ if you are space and $$$ constrained. If you have room in your shop and $$$ in your wallet I’d suggest jumping up to a floor model 20″. General makes a great one and so does Powermatic.

PeteQuad

August 21st, 2008

I’m interested in using one for creating precise angles, so I appreciate the advice on where to start looking for machines that can do that. Thanks!

Mike Mckee

August 23rd, 2008

Shop Fox strikes again! It amazes me that this company can still manage to sell woodworking tools. The 2 Shop Fox items I have purchased had the same quality control issues as this sander. Save your money, time, and frustration and buy you tools from a company that puts more emphasis on manufactering quality!

Doc

April 20th, 2011

I have a Grizzly… same problems. I even returned it to them. They sent it back and said they could not find anything wrong with it. If you touch a pencil to the disk when spinning and then turn it off, the mark will only be on about a third of the disk. shakes itself off the bench.

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