We re-purposed a 2-speed 1725/3450 RPM motor from the spa we ripped out of the yard, and purchased a few parts from Grizzly (the platen, lower drum roller) and from Sears (the cast table). It works well - and the 2 speeds are nice for wood and metal.
Yep, 2 bearings and a new belt. I paid more than scrap price though. Heck, the op did a beautiful job of a diy sander!If you can find one I would go for a Delta or Delta/Rockwell belt/disk sander. They are pretty much the standard all others are judged against. I was able to purchase one several years ago for less than scrap price. All it needed a couple bearings and a drive belt. It's been in my shop nearly 20 years and the only thing it's needed are a few new sanding belts and disks. They're tough as nails and can work all day without breaking a sweat.
OOPs, I was thinking of the OP.Thanks mr Whoopee, I'm in Calgary, 4 hours north of the 49 parallel....
Here is grinder Asmara purchased and a photo of what it like like when new. I’ll attach photo after repainting later.PT Doc - Picture? Please?