Should last longer than 35 days. Right?

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Review by Todd McDonald "2 Bored Saws" posted 05-12-2012 03:51 AM 4146 views 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I loved the design of this sander! It is very light, handles are in perfect positions, BUT not impressed with the life of the one I bought. I used it only a few times and it started smoking. It seems to get hot quickly. I have not returned it yet, but I will be very soon. I know I didn’t apply to much pressure because I was just knocking a rough edge down on a 5” corner board. Anyone else have any luck with this sander? I would like to get another but kinda gun shy now….....

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 11:29 AM

Normally I dont buy Black and decker. One day though I was short on money and my other sander took a dump on me in the middle of a job. I went and purchased this sander and was pretty impressed. I have had mine for 3 years now and it works great. I normally go for Dewalt, Rigid or other better big names. I now have mine turned upside down and the handle in a vise so as i can use it for a bench mount belt sander. Good luck


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#2 posted 05-13-2012 01:46 AM

There’s a reason they’re called Bleak and Darker : )

I still have one of their old 1/4” hand drills (late 60’s early 70’s) , but times and quality have changed.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 05-13-2012 01:51 AM

You can’t expect to much from low end tools but only 35days is pretty bad.


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#4 posted 05-13-2012 02:17 AM

I had similar luck with the one I bought. Didn’t burn up, but the thing sounded like the bearings were going to freeze up at any moment. And that was right out of the box. Took it back before I found out the hard way it wasn’t going to hold up.

It’s a shame, since the design is great, as you say.

This seems to be the way Black and Decker has gone lately. I’ve crossed them off my list of potential tool purchases until they get their act back together.

-- -- Don from PA

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#5 posted 05-13-2012 02:19 AM

I think you got 30 days more than I would have expected. It’s just the nature of the beast with these tools nowadays. I’ve got a Makita that I’ve abused brutally since opening the box. I mean, I have really been cruel to this thing and it’s still going strong.
It wasn’t cheap but I’d recommend it 100 times over. I think of a belt sander like a brush cutter or a sawzall. You’re going to want one you can treat really badly.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 05-13-2012 02:30 AM

my wife got me one and if you bump the end you have to stop and work on it to get the belt to track right it’s the last thing use and only when I have to

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#7 posted 05-13-2012 11:53 AM

Money is tight around my way so I buy what I can afford at the time I need something, that being said I bought one of theese Dragsters when they first came out and still have it , I beat the snot out of it when I use it and it is still running strong maybe I just got lucky and got a good one, don’t know, but No Major Problems with mine.I do blow it out with my compressor good when I’m done using it. Hope this info helped you out. Good Luck!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#8 posted 05-13-2012 10:13 PM

I have the Black and Decker Mouse and used it once to sand the inner corners of a raised panel door. It started slowing down and died last time I used it. Got disgusted and threw it on the concrete floor. Works great ever since. I’ll never buy B&D again.

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#9 posted 05-14-2012 06:24 AM

I bought a dragster a couple years ago. It still runs fine. I don’t usually buy a B&D tool in this price range. I purchased mine after using one my brother had bought around four years ago. His still works too. We mostly use them for plastic laminate counter tops where they don’t want a backsplash, but a tight fit to the wall is required. I’ve seen my brother spend two days with his sanding on a mantle that had been built to fit a rock veneer on a fireplace.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 05-14-2012 09:50 AM

I love the look of it but I would be concerned about the very small radius on the front roller, must be very hard on the belts.

I have this belt sander since before my daughter was born, she celebrated her 26 birthday last week:

This sander has been sold under many different brands, the original design was from Holzer from Germany from before I came to this country over 33 years ago. Good designs lasts a long time

-- Bert

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 05:41 PM

My sister payed about $39 for one of the ROS Black and deckers. She started sanding some tongue and groove on the walls and it lasted about 5 feet of wall. I showed up with a $69 Bosch… two rooms and much more later it’s still doing a good job. Get a makita, or dewalt, or bosch or PC, there are lots of good ones.. the few extra bucks are worth it. They work better too.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#12 posted 05-15-2012 12:21 AM

Run from ANYTHING B&D produces or sells. They’re 4 steps below Crapsman (which I wouldn’t buy anything from)

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#13 posted 05-15-2012 01:38 AM

Been using mine for nearly 5 years. Most recently, I clamped it on its side to a piece of MDF and used it like a spindle/horizontal belt sander. I have worn out many sanding belts on it.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#14 posted 05-15-2012 07:21 PM

Nah, I agree totally with jim C.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

#15 posted 05-16-2012 02:46 AM

I think I will stay away from B-D from now on. I only bought it because because of the way it felt in my hands. Crazy I know, but I like easy to handle tools. I was also right in the middle of project for a customer. I have learned my lesson. LOL. THANKS FOR THE INFO GUYS!

-- It is fun to see where an imagination and two bored saws will get you.

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