|Review by Jerry||posted 05-18-2014 01:55 AM||4241 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
Oh boy… This belt sander is the BOMB.
Maybe I’m just enamored with the fact that I finally have a belt sander, but after using the 25% off coupon and comparing the specs with others, I’ve not found its equal at this price point.
The bad: I had to return the first one because it randomly sped up to full speed no matter what the speed setting. I had to return the second one I bought because the tracking adjustment screw had been badly bent ( in shipping I suppose ).
The third time was the charm.
The good: It comes with 80 grit belts and there are 120 grit belts available for a song. The belts do NOT load up, don’t EVER seem to wear out, and take material away at an astonishing speed. This is one sander that you want to keep moving, as any momentary pause on the surface will get you a gouge that will be hard to recover from ( voice of experience here ).
It is extraordinarily powerful, it is a beast. It reminds me of the giant belt sander we used to use at the sporting goods store I used to work at to tune up skis. That thing was a belt – up sander about 4’ long. This Harbor Freight sander feels like the same amount of power in a very much smaller footprint. I believe I could sit on it and it would serve as a mini snowmobile in the wintertime. Did I mention that it’s powerful? All you need to do is set it down, hold on for dear life, and let the weight and power of the sander do the work for you. You can even sand one-handed, if you have a good grip on it.
Last but far from least, the dust collection is very, very good. Hardly anything escapes. I am very satisfied with this unit and would recommend it to anyone.
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