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Forum topic by Tedstor posted 04-21-2011 10:38 PM 857 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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04-21-2011 10:38 PM

My father gave me a B&D 3×18 belt sander a few weeks ago. So far, I’ve only used it a few times, but it seems to get the job done. However, I’ve noticed 3×21 (and larger) sanders on the market. Am I missing out on a whole lot of performance with a smaller sander? Any compelling reason to consider an upgrade?

Oh- and is one brand of sanding belt better than another? I almost bought some crfatsman belts yesterday, but they felt stiff and brittle, and looked like they’d been on the shelf for eons.

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 05:31 AM

Bigger is always better!The bigger the sanding face the better it will flatten panels,etc.There is lesstendency for it to rock side to side which will groove the surface.As far as belts go,the Norton 3x are WELL worth the extra expense.They cut much faster and I have yet to have one come apart at the seam.Available at HD.I have a friend who swears by the Sandblaster brand from Lowes but I havent tried them.

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