refinishing maple floors

Hi.
I have a couple of small rooms (around 80s.f. each) where the floors need refinishing. They are natural maple wood floors. I want to do the work myself. Should I rent a floor sander or can I get the work done with a belt sander? I've never used either type of machine but I've been wanting to buy a belt sander for a while.
Thanks.
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You really have to rent a floor sander, and it is a challenging machine to use in general. Not all rental units are good machines--look for a machine where the sanding drum is raised and lowered with a lever while the machine rests on its wheels, rather than one where you raise and lower the entire machine to control drum contact. Once you get the hang of using the machine it will probably be ok, but the floor you learn on may suffer for it. A belt sander will do an uneven job, though I don't doubt that in the hands of an artist you might get a satisfactory result. I wouldn't even consider using a belt sander for the job, and I have owned (and used) one for thirty years.

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