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State Manufacturing & Engineering Co.
Chicago, IL.

Machine Specifications
Machine Class: Wood Working Machinery
Machine Type: Sander
Machine Size: 15"
Submitted By: Dave Potts
Machine Specifications
Description/Model: Disk Sander
Date of Manufacturer: ?
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Last Updated 1/18/2015 9:30:28 PM

I had mentioned an upcoming auction to a fellow-shop teacher and asked him if there was anything he wanted me to pick-up for him. He mentioned that he didn't have a disk sander and relayed to me that he'd be willing to spend $200 to $300 for the 15" State that the auctioneer had advertised. Having paid just over $300 for my own State and $200 for the Oliver I also owned, I realized that his price range was do-able.... so off to the auction I went.

When the auctioneer closed the bidding for the disk sander, and my $50 bid was the only bid, I knew two things..... 1) My friend got one heckuva deal, and 2)I was starting to feel a bit resentful. I quickly began to envision having 3- 15" sanders, or keeping a pair of States and shedding the Oliver, and a few other scenerios. In the end, I simply loaded up the State and dropped it off at my co-teacher's shop. He knows he got a great deal at $50, and I'm sure he'll be able to return the favor to me or to someone else in the future. Oh yeah.... it was single phase, too!

Updated! 10 Years Later..........

Five or six years pass and my friend passes away from cancer at the age of 52. His family is slowly liquidating his shop equipment and the sander is one of the few items remaining. The asking price was $100, which I still gladly handed over. Sadly, the sander Is in the same condition as when I had purchased it-- my friend had never even put a plug on the cord.

The machine is a single phase machine and was originally wired for 240V. I got the wiring straightened out so it runs on 120V now, but I' like to see if I can get a reversing switch configured. Any help with wiring info on these early Master R-I motors would be appreciated, but I don't think that can be done through swapping motor leads. More pictures to come once I get time to add some color to the baby.

Photo 1:

Comments: State 15" Sander from Industrial Pattern, Riverside, NJ
Source: Outside my lower shop
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Photo 2:

Comments: Official State switchplate
Source: my camera
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Comments: Master motor tag
Source: my camera
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Comments: 10 Years have passed and I get an opportunity to buy the sander back from my friend's family.
Source: my 2015 cell phone
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