What is the best benchtop belt / disc sander for around or under $500 ?

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Forum topic by Lentze posted 11-15-2013 07:01 PM 10203 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-15-2013 07:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander belt sander disc sander benchtop sander benchtop quiet dust collection


I am looking for advice on a good benchtop belt disc sander. I use it primarily for shaping wood rings on the disc, then sanding them a bit finer on the belt. I am very concerned about noise and dust collection as my current sander is poor in both areas – a basic Ryobi model bought at Home Depot.

I am now in a position to buy better tools once, that work for the longhaul. Any advice on a decent model I can find with good dust collection and quieter?


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#1 posted 11-15-2013 07:16 PM

Grizzly makes a nice one. 9 inch disc and a 48” belt. Works well.

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#2 posted 11-15-2013 07:34 PM

I am looking at that version now – with the cabinet base.

How is the dust collection on it? Decent?

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 05:12 AM

Its ok. I have never really found a sander though with good dust collection. I also use an air purifier in the ceiling which helps.

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#4 posted 11-16-2013 04:37 PM

I am guessing it will probably catch more dust than my current Ryobi cheap model?

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#5 posted 11-16-2013 06:26 PM

I have a Craftsman model 6” X 48” with a 6 inch disk sander. The dust collection is good on the belt sander but virtually non-existent on the disk. I haven’t found any model that has Dust Collection on the disk.

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#6 posted 11-16-2013 10:52 PM

It looks like I am getting the Grizzly G1014ZX – it has dust collection connections for both the belt sander and the disc sander part. It is probably worth a shot.

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#7 posted 11-17-2013 12:07 AM

Hello Lentze,
I recently purchased a sander like you are looking for. I got the ShopFox which is just like a grizzly. I did a blog about the receiving and modifications I did for better dust control and to make it more user friendly. Thing I didn’t mention is that is a little loud but not as loud as the big Delta (which died after several years of daily use). I won’t go into the things said in the blob here. If you do find and read the blog please let me know or if you have questions I will try to answer.

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#8 posted 11-17-2013 12:13 AM

Thanks – I will check out your blog on it and will probably have a few questions for you too!

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#9 posted 11-17-2013 06:04 PM

I tried the Ryobi belt/disk sander and it now lives at my son’s shop. It was replaced with the Rigid oscillating belt and spindle sander. For $199 it is a keeper. I especially like the spindle sanding. I could use a disk sander but the belt and spindle sanding is really useful. The fact that it oscillates is also a plus.

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#10 posted 11-17-2013 07:16 PM

If there is a shopsmith in your area for ~$100 I’d consider that a great option for a sanding station, 12” flat and conical disc sander

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#11 posted 01-06-2018 12:37 PM

My friend use brand of Porter every day. He has had it for 2 years, and it is excellent. Works well and does what he need it to. Not an industrial sander, but good for small wood/ metal projects. Most importantly, its $179.99 at Lowes. Excellent dust collection (on the belt side, not so much the disc side). His biggest problem is that IT IS LOUD!! He would consider replacing it only if he finds a comparable machine that is quieter.

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