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Posted on Electric hand planers, or belt sanders how useful are they?

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#1 posted 12-23-2011 07:02 AM

Personally I’d go with the belt sander. You can take material off pretty fast with lower grits. Sanding is always better than cutting (on the wood) if you don’t mind the dust and it potentially taking a little longer. You will find lots of uses for your belt sander.

I’d also recommend not getting a small one (like I did). The smaller belt sanders (e.g. 3×18) tend to be more jumpy and difficult to control, while the larger ones give you more control by virtue of their weighty and solid stance.

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