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Forum topic by JohnChung posted 06-25-2014 04:34 PM 511 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JohnChung

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06-25-2014 04:34 PM

I am in the current need of a belt sander.

I have not used a belt sander before but here are the jobs I need it for:

1) Working on very small sections of damaged parquet.
2) Remove the paint from reclaim wood.
3) May remove rust from metal panels.

I am not sure if I should get a constant speed or variable speed for the belt sander.

Here is a bosch unit I am eyeing at:
http://hupshenghware.com/p41/Bosch-Belt-Sander-3%22x5%22,-710W,-300m/min,-3.2kg-GBS75A/product_info.html

Unfortunately the AE which is variable speed is not being carrying in Malaysia.


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bandit571

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 04:40 PM

IF they are still around, look up a Black & Decker Dragster 3×21

Have used mine for a few…years. Front roller is very small and can go places most others just can’t. The small front roller has a cover on the top of it, you can also flip that cover up, out of the way. Fairly light in weight, easy to carry around, easy to adjust tracking. Besides, there is an adjustable “D” handle on top. If you want the handle anywhere from vertical to horizontal it will lock into those spots.

I use it the most as a sharpening station. “D” handle is clamped into a vise with the belt running away from me. Sharpens most of my edge tools.

Plus, last time I looked, these were around $40 or so.

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

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nicksmurf111

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 05:27 PM

2) Remove the paint from reclaim wood.
3) May remove rust from metal panels

I would suggest using other methods. Heat or chemicals for stripping paint. Wire wheel for removing rust.

-- Nicholas

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Crank50

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#3 posted 06-25-2014 06:24 PM

Have you considered a random orbital sander for these tasks?

I was of the opinion that orbital sanders were for final finishing and belt sanders were to hog off material fast.

Then I got a ROS to replace my 1/3 sheet linear/orbital that died.

Wow ! With the new zirconium sand paper that ROS would eat a belt sander for lunch. And, clean up after itself to boot. Then with fine paper or abrinet disk it will finish the job.

I have a practically new 4” x 24” belt sander sitting on the shelf for a couple of years now.

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JohnChung

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#4 posted 06-25-2014 06:49 PM

My first sander is the ROS from Bosch. Very handy but too slow for the flooring. For the flooring it took
too much time to remove the clear coat from the flooring. It is urethane based.

I wonder if I can get zirconium sand paper…..

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nicksmurf111

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#5 posted 06-25-2014 06:54 PM

Are you reclaiming flooring for other projects, or refinishing a floor?

-- Nicholas

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JohnChung

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#6 posted 06-25-2014 08:18 PM

Removing the finish from the old floor to apply a new clear coat.

For reclaiming it is roof beams from renovation.

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dhazelton

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#7 posted 06-25-2014 10:39 PM

A Black and Decker ANYTHING these days does not compare to a Makita or Bosch. If you haven’t considered it you could go with a 6 inch random orbit sander like the Porter Cable as well. Yes, a belt sander works faster but also causes more damage if you aren’t careful.

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bandit571

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#8 posted 06-25-2014 10:47 PM

This is the one I was talking about

May not be a top of the line model, LOL …..BUT, I bought this one when they first came out, not a problem with it yet.

Sure, one could spend a lot of cash on a “Brand X Sander” or use the same amount to buy several of these.

Unlike others here, I have no pre-set bias against of for B&D. Doubt if some others even take the chance to look at this one, afraid someone else might see them looking…

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

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Jim Finn

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 01:20 AM

I did some research when I bought my belt sander and found that DeWalt offers a leveling frame for their hand held belt sander. This accessory prevents gouging into the wood and helps to keep the sanded surface flat instead of wavy.

-- In God We Trust

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dhazelton

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 01:17 PM

Older B&D stuff was fine. I had a three wheel tabletop bandsaw that I did use quite often and it was later branded as a Delta. For infrequent use I wouldn’t spend a fortune.

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distrbd

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 01:33 PM

I have the B&D dragster and it is a good sander specially for sanding hard to reach spots,good sander for the price,you might find it a little finicky to track the belt though.
I also own a Triton belt sander that I like very much,it is a heavy,do it all type of sander,extremely versatile:

-- Ken from Ontario

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nicksmurf111

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 02:38 PM

B&D and Dewalt are the same company now. B&D are their consumer grade junk and Dewalt is their better grade stuff. I really like Dewalt everything (I have two corded drills, recip saw, ROS), but I don’t have their belt sander. I’m trying out a 4” craftsman that someone gave me for free. I steer clear of B&D.

-- Nicholas

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b2rtch

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#13 posted 06-26-2014 04:07 PM

I have a 28 years old Rioby which still works like champ.

-- Bert

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