I’ve owned three belt sanders in my life: Derek Sanderson and Col. Sanders, both Skill 449s, and Sandy (she has a much higher pitch, a Porter-Cable 503). These heavy-duty models were affectionately know as “freight trains”. Skill stopped making the 449s in the ’90’s, and Porter-Cable ceased production of the 503 in the early part of this century. Derek Sanderson is now a parts machine, while both Sandy and Col. Sanders are on their last legs. The only sanders available today are plastic weenie toys, most of which cannot be repaired.
So I need help. I’m looking for either a Skill 449 or a Porter-Cable 503, in very good working condition. I’ve bought two on e-bay, and sent them back. Both were overpriced parts machines. If anyone knows of one (or both!) on good condition, please let me know. Just get in touch through the web-site: http://www.chbecksvoort.com/contact.html C. H. Becksvoort © 2011