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Forum topic by HokieMojo posted 09-05-2009 08:08 PM 873 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HokieMojo

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09-05-2009 08:08 PM

I’m pretty sure i saw a discussion about variable speed belt sanders on here recently (quality brand at a huge discount, maybe dewalt). i can’t seem to find it. I’m looking for a good variable speed sander that has a good smooth plate on the bottom (possible cast iron?). My craftsman has a thin flexible plate and it seems that whatever controls the speed is dying out. I’d love suggestions. I’d like a good blend of performance and price. I’m a hobbyist that only uses this tool occasionally, but I’d like it to still be working for me in 20 yrs.
Thanks!


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#1 posted 09-05-2009 08:20 PM

Porter Cable makes the best i’ve found. I have a 4×24 with variable and a 3×24 without. May be pricey compared to more hobbyist oriented models though.

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#2 posted 09-05-2009 08:22 PM

I happen to have a 3 X 21 inch Porter Cable that is variable speed. It works great, but its a bit heavy. I like the small Porter Cable belt sander 371K that they came out with a couple of years ago. Once you decide what one to get, try Ebay…lots of good deals on there.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 09-06-2009 07:08 AM

I think PC and bosch make good ones I have the Pc also

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#4 posted 09-06-2009 11:22 PM

I have a variable speed Ryobi (the only Ryobi tool I own) that won’t die. I hardly ever change speeds.
Bill

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