Which is the best?
I always see to have tracking problems with the cheaper ones.
I think I will buy a little better quality.
Hitachi and Makita both look good. H is 3x21 and the M is 3x24.
Which is the more common belt.
Some of you will laugh, but I like the little 3 x 18 Skill sander. Mine has
automatic tracking, and as long as you reverse the belt one in a while, it
works great. It cuts quickly, is very easy to control, maneuverable, and
less fatiguing. Cheap enough to get 5 years out of it and throw away. I've
never had to work on it.
Jim in NC
I've got one, it's pretty cheesy but gets used a lot for
small rough jobs. I have a larger Porter Cable for when I
want some control and a better results, but the Skill 3x18
gets used about 90% of the time because it's so handy and
gets into smaller spaces.
I've had a Ryobi 3" by 21" for about 8
years now at least - love it. Sands
flat and is usable for edge sanding with one hand - it's built like a big
The Bosch is similar in shape but for
a lower price I can tell you, the Ryobi
has really proven itself..
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I have had this same Ryobi for about 5 years and, although I have used
others, would not trade it for any other brand except the Bosch.
Tracking adjustment is as simple as any I have seen. The machine is a
very compact design.
Like all Ryobi tools, if I were running a production shop, I might
want tools that are built more substantially for longer life, but this
has been one of the best tools I have ever owned.
I bought my Ryobi because of two basic reasons; three, actually -
1) I wanted a 'multi-tasking' tool
2} I needed something that was easily maneuverable in various attitudes
3) It was 'ON SALE'.
Regarding 'Power' and 'Belts' -
I've had the 'drive wheel' keep spinning while the belt 'stalled' . Usually
with a new, very stiff, very course 'Planer Belt'. I had just glued a
'Graphite Pad' to the Pressure Plate and some of it was flaking off,
probably added to the situation. A folded piece of 'file folder' stock under
the plate solved that. (I have also noted there is some variation in the
length of 'standard' belts}.
'Klingspor' has more belts, and types of belts, then you'll properly ever
use. I have an assortment of VERY COURSE to 'somewhat' Course 'Planer Belts'
for both the 'hand-held' and 4inch stationary sander. These do such a good
job of removing stock that you CAN'T let your attention wonder for a second
!! Most of my belts are 80 or 100 grit. About the finest I'll go on a belt
sander is 120 grit. Below that I switch to either a 1/4 sheet 'jitterbug' or
a cork-faced block.
Regards & Good Luck,
I have a couple but the Makita 9403, 4" x 24" is by far the best. I
used it yesterday finishing up some furniture and plan to use it again
tomorrow. It is a joy to use, perfect control and little to no dust
If you buy a Zirconia belt from Klingspor, it won't matter. That belt
will chew up wood like you never dreamed possible. I think their claim
is "through a 2 X 4 in less than one minute". I believe it. The Ryobi
is the most consistant on this newsgroups for getting recomendations.
I don't like it personally but the people like it. I think most of us
tend to be tool snobs.
After reading this I realized that most of your question hasn't even been
1. The bigger the belt the bigger the sander the bigger you need your
2. If you think you will need it for a variety of things (inc. metal) check
out variable speed.
3. If your belt sander is intended to do what I do with mine, sand down
huge areas of wood the bigger the better since bigger helps make more level.
Go with at least a 3x21.
4. Check out amp power. Cheaper ones only use a few. The more expensive
ones use more. The more amps usually the faster the rotation meaning the
faster the material removal (but more heat).
Now my opinion on Sanders. Bosches are almost always beefy looking. Never
liked the design since I am a small person with small hands and frame.
I like My Variable speed 3x21 PC. I have had previous experience with them
in production and seen them take a beating. The design is good for me. I
considered the equivalent Dewalt (what ever the number) But didn't like the
design and bag, fewer amps and a bit slower rotation. However the DW is not
all that bad.
If I had sprung for the 3x24 it probably would have killed me long ago.
Yesterday I had to use mine at a chest high position, let's say the power
and weight was sufficient to keep me well braced and my muscles ached.
I would take a Makita over a Hitachi anyday.
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