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Forum topic by AAANDRRREW posted 04-01-2019 01:15 PM 563 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2019 01:15 PM

Hi All,

I have an old black and decker belt sander from the early to mid 90’s my folks gave me. I don’t use it real often so I never had the urge to upgrade. This spring I’m going to be sanding our resonable sized deck. I am thinking of upgrading to a little better belt sander, but when looking at the prices I was surprised how expensive they are compared to my 5” RO’s.

I don’t need the best and most expensive, just a moderarly to lower priced dependable one. I am not even sure if I need variable speed – the one I use now isn’t and I’ve never had the urge to want one.

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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 04-01-2019 01:42 PM

I think in this case I’d consider renting one. You can get a larger unit and get done more quickly.

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#2 posted 04-01-2019 02:05 PM

I too would rent …. here you can rent for 4 hours ... GOOD LUCK :<)))

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#3 posted 04-01-2019 02:15 PM

yeah if it’s something your only gonna use for that one project rent one.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 04-01-2019 02:21 PM

For what you’d likely spend on a rental, you’re already half way to owning a used one. I bought a Porter Cable 362 CPO for $160 15 years ago and I’ve seen them for less than half that used on CL or the like several times since. I even picked up a variable speed, like new Porter cable 3” x 21” belt sander for $10 at a garage sale. There are deals to be had and often you can own for less than the price of renting.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 04-01-2019 04:01 PM

Variable speed isn’t necessary at all…
But they all seem to come with it anyway.
I’d buy a porter cable, they are good.
I personally don’t like renting, but it’s up to you. The porter cable sanders can be had for about $170

-- Pete

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Fred Hargis

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#6 posted 04-01-2019 04:29 PM

I should have said: rent, but probably not a belt sander. They almost certainly have something that would be more suited (easier, quicker) for sanding a “reasonable” sized deck. Such a job is going to tax the best hand held sander, so findng another way would be a good thing. Even if the hand held belt sander is the best tool, you will be using it a lot…burning up a rental (with hazard ins.) is much better than burning up the one (or more) you just bought. Something like a flooring sander might be a better way.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 04-01-2019 05:19 PM

I have a Porter Cable belt sander…..3 X 21…..Had it for years….Used it twice, I think….I don’t care for belt sanders, as they can get too aggressive. You really need to know how to use one, or it can chew up the wood and make deep grooves or high and low spots on the lumber.

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

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#8 posted 04-02-2019 12:59 AM

I don’t use a belt sander for any kind of fine work. Most of what I use mine for is to clean rough wood prior to running it through the jointer and planer. Keeps the sand and dirt away from the knives.

As for which one to buy, I like my 3×21 Makita, and the 3×21 Ryobi I bought maybe 12 years or more ago simply won’t die. If Ryobi still offers a belt sander, it should be cheap and acceptable.

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#9 posted 04-02-2019 02:27 AM

Save your back and your knees. Go to HD and get one of these for the day for less than $100 bucks.

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