Belt Sander Recommendation?

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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 08-27-2018 03:27 PM 432 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2018 03:27 PM

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I’m in the market for a hand held belt sander. I’d like to stay in the $100-150 range. Any suggestions?
While I’m not in a position to buy anything top-of-the-line…....I don’t want complete junk either. Seems like Hitachi and Ridgid both make something that seems to meet my criteria. Anyone have these sanders?

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 03:55 PM

No, I don’t have either one of those, but I do have a Delta sander I’ve had for many years…..It’s a 3”x 21”, and I’ve used it maybe twice….It’s got the dust bag, which is pretty useless…..You basically have to know how to use a belt sander, cause you’ll gouge out places on your work….I did it a couple of times, and so I put it aside…!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 04:59 PM

I like my Porter Cable 3×21 variable speed. Doesn’t get much use, but it’s always there when I need it.

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 05:31 PM

I’ve got the hitachi SB8V2 and have no complaints, the dust collection is fairly good, better when I can put a hose to the DC on it. The variable speed is very handy when working with softer woods or trying to be careful leveling a panel. I’ve got about 6 hitachi tools, when the price is right I have no concern buying hitachi

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 05:54 PM

I made a mistake on the name brand of my hand held sander…..It’s a Porter Cable 3×21 variable speed, not a Delta….I went to the shop to look for something, and I thought I better check it just to be sure….I was wrong..!!

Yep….mine is of the age when it was made in America also….I’ve had mine about 20+ years….!!

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#5 posted 08-27-2018 06:25 PM

Mine’s a Porter Cable 3×21 from back in the days when they still had the Made in the USA sticker. I had to replace the drive belt once in about 20 years.

Here’s a belt sander tip I picked up somewhere long ago that makes it easier to avoid gouging. Set the sander flat on the workpiece and, holding it firmly with TWO hands, switch it on. Gouging happens when the sander tilts sideways and that’s most likely to happen when you set the sander down on the surface.

Once you get comfortable with your sander you probably won’t need that tip, but it can come in handy.

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