|The Nevets Gallery||
Just want to welcome a new friend. Yesterday while at Lee Valley Tools, I got involved in a conversation with a young fellow I quite enjoyed. His name is Logan Pilger of Dog Day Creations. A talented and multi-disciplined artist. Logan was quite knowledgeable and willing to share, things I love about the artistic community. I believe he is an artist worth following, I know I will. I look forward to many such conversations with Logan in the near future.
The bad news. I just lost use of my 6x48 belt sander. The good news just replaced it with CX505 from Craftex (Busy Bee Tools, in Canada) My old sander just crapped out at the start of a new job involving a lot of (you guessed it) sanding. Now the old one survived almost 25 years of use so the only thing I have to complain about is it's timing. It's passing left me in a situation I hate being in, the most important consideration is who has one in stock right now.
Well that turned out to be Busy Bee Tools. I was a little hesitant at first as this was my first purchase of this caliber from them. My concern was it wan't of the brands normally relied upon in my studio. To be clear Busy Bee has been an excellent source of small tools and bits and pieces, I had just not the opportunity to purchase any of their shop machines before. But as I said it came down to who had one in stock. And at least by my internet research it had the same specs and appearance as the brands I am familiar with. As a matter of fact they look so much alike (colour aside) one has to think they all come from the same manufacturing plant anyway. Sadly not domestic.
So hear is a short review. - it's great. It put together easily, with good instructions. I took it from the box to full on heavy sanding in a matter of hours. The CX505 handled the work load with conviction. Within minutes any doubts I may have had were gone like the rough edges I was sanding. If it lasts anywhere near as long as it's predecessor you will never hear a complaint from me. Well maybe except where to put it, as it is clearly going to stay.
After a very busy Christmas season, it's time to try and find the studio floor. (if I can find the broom) Actually I only use the vacuum to pick up dust and shavings. Way too many valuable items can effectively hide in the shavings and get thrown out with the trash. Using a dust collector/vacuum leaves at least the heavy items behind to live another day. So as I am sure you will agree the rest of my day will suck.