My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw

Has your hobby become mainstream when it's covered by the New York Times? Power Tool Drag Racing gets coverage in My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw:

TEN feet short of the finish line, Barbie Airplane was stranded.

A screaming speedster powered by a whirling circular saw flew from a wooden ramp at the recent Power Tool Drag Racing competition in Seattle.

The cheerful contraption -- a Craftsman belt sander crowned with a powder-blue toy plane -- had been careening down the 75-foot racetrack moments earlier. Then the sander's rotating belt came undone, stopping it dead.

In the neighboring lane, Heavy Metal Waste, a circular saw souped up with skateboard wheels and flaming antennas, had already rocketed past. Cheers of victory rang from the bleachers.

along with a nod to our very own Power Tool Racer Instructable:

If this kind of tinkering sounds tricky, there's no need to re-invent the wheel, or the saw blade, for that matter. A detailed tutorial at gives step-by-step directions for converting a circular saw into a racer, courtesy of Jeremy Franklin-Ross, co-founder of the Hazard Factory artists' collective in Seattle.

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RedRock9 years ago
I have access to 2 industrial coin-operated Speed-Queen top-loading washers as well as 2 dryers!.... ideas welcome!
Is it me, or is it just a really small saw?
I think I just found something else I can do with a Bratz doll.
Yeah but then you have to decide which end of the racer you want to put the doll on. lol
I got one of these just sitting on a shelf its only a 15 amp motor.might last a few min on 220V
OR Barbie. :O
bumpus9 years ago
This is so fun!
I occasionally lost but it was all in good fun.

This reminds me of my friends sander on/off switch fix..
Yes that is a light switch....
jerry-rigged sander.jpg
i made beltsander skates like on Jackass and i badly bruised my butbone but it was so much fun lol
do that on a trampoline with a net around it, tell me what happens
wait i need to find the money to buy 4 new beltsanders
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