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11-07-2017 11:08 AM

Looking at buying a hand held belt sander, anyone have any sugestions ?

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 11:40 AM

I’d probably look at the Bosch models first, go from there.

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#2 posted 11-07-2017 01:35 PM

i bought a ridgid airguard because i needed one on the fly but it wasn’t very good. it was hard to track and didn’t feel strong enough compared to PC units that i’ve used in the past. maybe look for an older PC

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#3 posted 11-07-2017 02:07 PM

I picked up a Hitachi one off a sale table at Lowes, likely someone used and returned it, have been very pleased with it, VS and good tracking, with surprisingly good DC also.

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#4 posted 11-07-2017 02:57 PM


I have an older Craftsman belt sander and a Dewalt belt sander. Both have performed very well for me, though I favor the Dewalt because I have the sanding frame accessory attached to the Dewalt.

The sanding frame eliminates gouges and greatly aids in getting a fairly flat gouge/depression free surface when flattening glued panels. It appears that Dewalt may have discontinued the sanding frame. However from what I could determine Bosch, Tritton, and Ryobi are among those manufacturers that offer sanding frames for some of their belt sanders.

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#5 posted 11-07-2017 03:22 PM

I’d suggest you look into Makita. I have one and its been getting abused since I got it used of ebay, but still running quite strong. They are great tools. DMiller

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#7 posted 11-07-2017 05:54 PM

I don’t own one, but I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Makita 9403. Might be worth checking out.

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#8 posted 11-07-2017 06:04 PM

The major brands all have good belt sanders.
I use a Porter Cable 3×21 with dust collector bag and have been very satisfied.
Features to look for are: size, 3X21 or 4X24; variable speed (I find that helpful), a dust collector (helps but not 100%), a fitting for a vacuum dust collector….can be awkward with both the cord and vacuum hose attached.

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