The newer versions here are super streamlined and sophisticated. Mine is over 20 years old. Maybe they are being built in the states under license from Dingo Australia?
Hahaha, more weight in the front would stuff it up lifting loads with the 4 in 1 bucket...can't have it both ways. I can lift 350 KG's (770 lbs) with the tines when I put them on.
Nah, I've got a little palm sander. I don't have any extra crunchy paper for it though. The reason I was using the belt sander was to remove the glue squeeze out and even up the seams here and there. I tried using the chisel method and gouged/chunked these sweet 2x4's a few too many times. Either the glue doesn't want to let go of those soft, lovely fibers, my technique sucks, or my chisels aren't sharp enough. Probably all 3... The belt sander was easier. Even though I ripped every board at the same fence position, there are a couple spots where they don't quite line up, thickness wise. Plus, some of the boards were fighting me with a slight curve to them. Nothing extreme, 16th of an inch here or there, just enough for a minor expletive or two.
I was just planning on going the glue only route but it couldn't hurt to toss a couple dowels in there. I wasn't even thinking about that. Thanks, treeslayer. And please, don't follow too closely. This pile might start to hurt your eyes if you stare at it.