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1yeldud1

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688 days ago

I’m in the market to purchase a hand held belt sander for general purpose wood working – any suggestions by the lumberjock community as what brand to buy or what to look for / or to shy away from ?


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Gary

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#1 posted 688 days ago

I’m real pleased with the Porter Cable I own.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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Gary

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#2 posted 688 days ago

Kinda depends on what you will be using it for…how much use it will see. I have one….I know it’s blue….but rarely use it.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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knotscott

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#3 posted 688 days ago

I’ve been pretty happy with my Hitachi refurb I picked on the cheap.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 688 days ago

Ridgid

-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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bandit571

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#5 posted 688 days ago

Been using the “H” out of my B&D Dragster 3” X 21” sander. I’ll even clamp it up in a vise, just to sharpen plane irons with.

Even clamp it vertical, to shape handles for my planes with

Had mine since they first came out. Not sure what they cost right now, maybe just under $60???

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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whitebeast88

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#6 posted 688 days ago

I bought a ryobi about a year ago use semi-regular.never had a problem and it was cheap.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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muleskinner

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#7 posted 688 days ago

I picked up one of these at a garage sale a couple of years ago for 10 bucks. I like the fact that you can flip it on its back, lock the trigger and sand small parts. 3×21, variable speed, 10ft cord. Been using the hell out of it lately and have zero complaints. Don’t know if it’s still in production but you can still get parts (had to replace the drive belt once). I’ve seen a couple on CraigsList. Edit – Just looked on Amazon and it looks like this Bosch is basically the same thing.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 687 days ago

I am pleased to see suggestions of the worm drive, “locomotive” type. The standard o’ the industry is this Porter Cable which is a lifetime tool.

I have had several of the smaller ones, as the Ryobi shown (they were a three letter brand, AVG?) back when we dowelled and belt sanded face frames. We put a lot of hours on them.

It is my opinion that the worm drive design is easier to manage than the sidewinders. I welcome other opinions of course.

Also note that, while 24” belts are a little more than 21s, they run a smidge cooler and will run on a slightly larger platen.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 687 days ago

Porter cable. I think the 3×24 is easiest to get belts for in my area. I have an OLD Craftsman 4×24 but it is heavy. Look at CPO on line for a deal.

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Earlextech

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#10 posted 687 days ago

Porter Cable 3×24 will last a lifetime.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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Tennessee

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#11 posted 687 days ago

If you don’t want to pay the $169 that the Porter Cable will cost you, try the Harbor Freight 4X24 Magnesium for $69.99 on their website. Mine is a horse, works great, and I could not be happier with it.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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NiteWalker

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#12 posted 687 days ago

I have the porter cable 371 and it’s a great sander. Compact and powerful. Does what I need it to.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Loren

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#13 posted 687 days ago

You might want to consider available accessories, sanding frames
in particular, and the effectiveness of the dust extraction.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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Cosmicsniper

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#14 posted 687 days ago

I have seen no reason to upgrade my B&D dragster, other than to get a larger, stationary sander. It works just fine, tracks fine, and gets the job done. Hard to recommend them, however, just because I think results can vary from sample to sample with these things.

-- jay, www.allaboutastro.com

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cutworm

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#15 posted 687 days ago

I have the Ridgid 3×18 and like it. Used it this morning. 100 bucks at HD. I had the Ryobi and had problems with the belt slipping after a year or so. Don’t know if it was the belts a little long or the sander. I like the 18” size for myself. The 21 and 24” models are big and heavy.

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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