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  • Ellis Belt Grinder

    Does anyone have a Ellis belt grinder, or used one? I am thinking about getting one since it looks like the best deal for a good sized belt grinder. I have been looking for a good used belt grinder for a while with no luck. The Burr-King line looks like it is out of my price range. It seems like people rave about the Ellis quality.

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    Tobin
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  • #2
    The Ellis is a nice unit. I don't own one but they have them at my LWS from time to time. If all you need is a 2.5" belt width then it will fit the bill quite nicely. I almost bought one but I ended up with a Wilton 6" X 48" belt machine that also has a 12" disc.
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    • #3
      Kevin-

      Thanks for the info. I think I will go with the Wilton as it has a larger belt and will save me some $$$. How easy are the belts to get (can you get them from lowes or Home Depot)? Also, can you sand on the wheel part (rounded part)?

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      Tobin
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Powerstrokinit View Post
        Kevin-

        Thanks for the info. I think I will go with the Wilton as it has a larger belt and will save me some $$$. How easy are the belts to get (can you get them from lowes or Home Depot)? Also, can you sand on the wheel part (rounded part)?

        Thanks,
        Tobin
        Tobin,
        I get my belts locally but you can also order them thru Enco, MSC, or other industrial suppliers. I am not certain about the big boxes but it is possible they would carry that size.

        You can sand on the rounded part easily. I have the Wilton 4200A and on mine the belt will go vertical or horizontal and the top comes off easily with a threaded handwheel exposing the upper drum. Hope that helps.
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        • #5
          Were did you get your 4200 from? That is what I am looking at. A little more $$ than the woodworking unit that Northern-Tool carries, but more more sturdier looking.

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          • #6
            I can't speak for the Wilton machine, but I can for theEllis.

            It has been one of my most used purchases and the belts give a very respectable service life.

            I grind alot of edges and have even used it to cope tubing on a banister project and even though it is not desiged for this it handled it well.

            This is a pretty powerful machine and walked away from my previous import unit that was given to a friend. (he gets all my hand me downs)

            I got my Ellis for a respectable price with it's big Brother the 1600, my most used shop tool...LOL

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Powerstrokinit View Post
              Were did you get your 4200 from? That is what I am looking at. A little more $$ than the woodworking unit that Northern-Tool carries, but more more sturdier looking.

              Thanks,
              Tobin
              I got mine on sale at MSC for $1299 back in Feb. I think. I would for sure stay away from the WW version as there is a reason for the big difference in price. The 4200A is built like a brick ****house and will handle just about anything you can throw at it. Check around because they go on sale quite often at MSC and Enco. Good luck.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by lramberson View Post
                I can't speak for the Wilton machine, but I can for theEllis.

                It has been one of my most used purchases and the belts give a very respectable service life.

                I grind alot of edges and have even used it to cope tubing on a banister project and even though it is not desiged for this it handled it well.

                This is a pretty powerful machine and walked away from my previous import unit that was given to a friend. (he gets all my hand me downs)

                I got my Ellis for a respectable price with it's big Brother the 1600, my most used shop tool...LOL
                I agree with lramberson ....I have had mine for nearly three trouble free years and would buy another without hesitation.

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                • #9
                  I agree with Kevin. I'd lean real hard on the Wilton 4200A. I bought mine just about the same time he did and have used the heck out of it. I also got it on sale for around $1234.00 but from ENCO (they say they'll beat any advertised price by 5% or something like that). I pointed out the sales price that MSC had running and got it for that price less 5%. I think the ENCO regular price ($1805) is a tad high for this unit and would wait till it was on sale again. Its a very solid-built machine. I've been primarily using Norton blue 60 grit on it and its just plain mean on a piece of steel...and skin too! Don't get your fingers too close as its just as quick to rip open flesh as it is on grinding steel....don't ask me how I know...
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                  • #10
                    FWIW, Im just a simple home user & occationaly make stuff for my hot rod. What I did for one job that I had a few parts to de-burr was to take my 3" belt sander & turn it upside down, & stick it into my vice. I would not trust it to try to true up a piece, but to de-burr it seemed to work pretty well.

                    Bob

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