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Forum topic by MacB posted 01-06-2014 09:33 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-06-2014 09:33 PM

I have a Bosch belt sander 4×24” (model 1276 DVS). Its about 5 years old. Didn’t use it everyday but when I did, I worked it hard. It worked like a charm. After 2 sets of brushes that went bad after just a short test run, I realize that it must be the armature that’s bad. I also discussed this problem with Bosch’s service department, which I learned that this sander has been discontinued and many parts, including the armature are obsolete. This was an expensive tool that died before it should have.

I’m now a part time cabinet maker. Should I purchase a new PC or Makita belt sander for $250 or or maybe even the $150 craftsman, or just buy a cheapo HF for $59 ? I’d be almost too embarrassed to pull this sander out on a job site with anyone around though, lol.

Your opinions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 01-06-2014 09:38 PM

I have a Ryobi that I use for hogging off the big chunks on some projects and it works just fine. I’d certainly rather have a Bosch, but the Ryobi works just fine for what I use it for. When you’re on a job site and the other guys laugh at your Ryobi, just smile and think of the money you saved.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#2 posted 01-06-2014 09:39 PM

if you plan on using it constantly and putting it through it’s paces – then get something of quality.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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