3X21 BELT SANDER

I'm in need of a decent sander in this size. Is there any consensus which make and model is the best deal?
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I only own two Ryobi made tools: their oscillating spindle sander and their BE321 Belt Sander. Both are nice, in my estimation. FWW, IIRC did a recent review of 3x21 belt sanders. I also own a big PC 4x28 belt sander too. The Ryobi sees all of the action in my weekend activities.
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I to have the Ryobi and it has always done a good job. For the price it is hard to beat. GT
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If you are not doing production work, the Ryobi is very good for the price. I've had mine for 7 or 8 years and have no complaints.
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"Jim Swank" writes:

There is only one I have not been able to destroy, the Porter-Cable 50* series.
I've destroyed at least 6 or 8 units including the low cost Porter Cable (Henry Homeowner type) crap.
The 50* is a chain drive and totally bullet proof compared to anything else in the market.
Bring a fat wallet, it is not inexpensive, but you will only buy a belt sander once.
These days, figure $450 range.
HTH
Lew
BTW, get the graphite pads for it, you won't be sorry.
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The Makita works well clamped in my wood vise, when I want a stationary sander.
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I don't know about consensus, but I have the Delta 4" belt/6" disc combo, and it is a basically ok tool. The price was right when I got it, and the belt sander works really well. I'm not too impressed by the disc sander, but you can't have everything for $80! Might be worth looking into. If I had it to do all over again, I'd probably get the same one, since it suits my purposes, though your results may vary.
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Why 3X21?? Go with the 3X24 Makita 9924DB, it can also run a 4" belt when needed, low cost (the Volvo of belt sanders) great value for money, they have been making it virtually unchanged for years.
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I second this choice. I bought one based on the advice of a cabinet shop owner who has half a dozen of them that have seen daily use for the last 7 years, with zero problems. Dust collection on the Makita is pretty good for a belt sander, and it's not as noisy as some other brands.
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A couple months ago someone was selling reconditioned Makitas on Ebay. With a little patience I was able to get one for almost nothing. He might still be there; worth a look.
A number of people recommended Ryobi. I have not tried it. I am satisfied with other Ryobi tools I own; but they are equal to Makitas; I doubt the belt sander is either.
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I have a Porter Cable belt sander that is about 20 years old if that helps. SH
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I just purchased Makita's model 9902 from ToolKing (www.toolkingl.com) for $99.00 - brand new. It's a fixed-speed version of their variable-speed 9903 (3x21) for about half the price. I'm very happy with it. I cannot imaging ever needing variable speed on a belt sander, so for me purchasing the 9903 was over-spending.
Also, FWW magazine recently named the 9903 a "best buy" (or something like that).
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Jim Swank wrote:

Just one piece of advice. Spend the money to get a quality tool. The larger size multiples potential problems with design, quality, fit, etc.
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