Does anyone have an idea where I can find a Skil sandcat 2 1/2" x 16" belt sander? I've tried the skil website, and the various tool websites that I know of, with no luck, not even on Ebay.
I used to own one of these sanders, and had it ripped off about 3 yrs ago. Great tool for one hand use, perfect for scribing small stuff. I replaced it with a Bosch 18" but it's nowhere near as compact. I wish Skil still made this tool!!
Any help would be really appreciated, even if its for another brand of the same size.
I beleive that Skil quit making the sandcat a few years ago. Mine burnt up and our local tool guy could not find parts for it. It was the best for shaping handrail fittings that would not flush up.Try some local flea markets-that's where mine first came from.
I too had one and it died about a year ago. I sure miss it for one-handed use. I don't think you will find one that is an exact replacement. I purchased the Makita 3x18, which IMO is pretty close to the Skills handling characteristics.
You may want to check out toolpartsdirect.com for that Skil belt sander. They have a schematic search that lists a 2 1/2" sander, though I don't know if it's the same one you're looking for. You can download the schematic in pdf format and it looks like most of the parts are still available for order. For a new or used sander, you'll probably have to watch ebay for quite a while or scan the local flea markets this spring.
I bought one on eBay in the antique-tools-collectables area. It's from the 50's has all metal housings and looks like something out of Buck Rogers. The service guy said he couldn't get parts for it anymore, so I'll just use it till it dies.
What I find wierd is that I can find the 2 1/2 x 16 belts for this tool at most stores, but can't find a sander to fit them!
Does anyone know of any other brand that makes a 2 1/2 x 16? Why are these belts still available? I use them for a custom hand sanding block, but can't imagine thats the reason they are still selling them. The stores that carry them don't even know what tool they're for, they usually say something to the effect of "oh yeah, we have a sander that size, I think its a bosch, no wait, umm a dewalt.. umm where is it....errr. well..thats wierd, let me ask fred, he'll know...
Thanks for the info. The sandcat actually looks just like a reg belt sander only much more compact. Perfect for certain scribing jobs and easily one handed. It was one of my favorite tools, even though it wasn't that well made
Randy/Steve - I've been using the Bosch 1278 for a few years now. It has its place, and I use it mainly to sand door jambs after bondo-ing holes and old mortises. Not very good for sanding large flat surfaces. Handy for sharpening chisels on the job and for getting into tight corners. Definitely not a replacement for a full-size belt sander. My favorite sander is the Makita GV5000 with a 3M hook-n-loop pad (sure, its a disc sander, but small and lightweight and you can run as low as 20grit on it, polish your truck, strip paint, cope etc...)
I used the sandcat for years when first starting out. Now I have several larger (and less loved) sanders, I wish Skil would make the sandcat again. It's the best for small sanding lobs which, in my case, are the majority. Great for edges, corners, etc. Skil, are you listening?