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My Belt Sander Can Beat Your Circular Saw Answered

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 Instructables.com 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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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


9 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

There was a band saw set up at my old job, exactly like that except without the duct tape.

Damn, another one of those projects to add to the I'll do this when I have spare money list...

I wonder what I could do with an old mixer along this vein....?

Ahh, this reminds me of the Makers fair in the SF bay area, i think it was in San Francisco... Cuz if it was, i remember watching a race like this. And behind of where the photographer took this photograph there would have been giant robots destroying manikins and shopping carts... Burning man peoples... xD

I know somebody who would have competitions with his friends to see who could go fastest while sitting on their belt sanders. Not surprisingly, someone broke their belt sander.

Angle grinders can really move down those tracks to...