|Review by bluejazz||posted 11-11-2010 02:05 AM||3562 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
I hate sanding. Among woodworkers of course, that about is as unique an impression as ‘Hitler was a bad guy’.
This tool truly does make sanding easier. First off, cutting sandpaper and getting it into my 3M sanding block was a major pain. I’m sure there are better choices than 3M in sanding blocks and making your own is an option. But this Sand Devil has been a huge improvement for me.
First off even with my Sandpaper cutting jig, cutting to size is burdensome if for no other reason, I have to keep doing it. With the Sand Devil you can use 3X21 belts which have much thicker layers of grit and last a lot longer. Plus you can easily rotate the sandpaper when it gets a little clogged or worn. You also have 2 built in rounded surfaces for sanding curved objects.
Belt changes are fast. There is a simple lever for loosening and tightening the belt and you will likely find as I have, you are changing belts to change grits more than changing a belt because it is worn.
The manufacturer claims it sands as aggressively as a belt sander. It does not (thankfully). It does sand more aggressively than paper in my opinion, but it is controllable.
Belts may be difficult to obtain in very fine grits, but Rockler has them up to 220 and you can find them eBay at 220 as well.
All in all for most woodworking sanding ops, this is an excellent inexpensive tool. Amazon has them
Hartsville tool has them too (distributed through Amazon) and is a little cheaper
-- I'm 58. In my mind, I still feel 28. Until I do something physical; then I feel 78.