What Belt Sanders to look at?

Found myself pulling the old Ryobi 21" belt sander out of the bgox yesterday and noted that's one of my tools that really, really needs to be replaced. It's served me well for several years but is really starting to sound bad. SO, in the hopes of getting a new one what models should I look at for general use and what features are helpful?
Right now I do not have variable speed?, A quick change of the paper is nice and ergonomics are a major factor. What are others using that they like?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Since I switched to an aggressive right angle ROS in 1989 I probably have not use my belt sander 3 times. You might want to consider one of the more aggressive ROS's like the Right Angle variety and or the Festool Rotex. With these sanders you would probably get more bang and usage for your buck.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
What does "ROS" stand for?

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
"HotRdd" wrote in message
...

"Random Orbit Sander"
--
www.e-woodshop.net
Last update: 6/1/07
  Click to see the full signature.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Sorry found out what it meant by googling. Any idea where I can find a store that carries Festool, what other similar models are out there?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

PC, Bosch, Makita, DeWalt Most of the majors build these sanders but you typically do not see the heavier duty right angle sanders in the home centers. My PC is 18 years old, I'll probably switch to Festool when it poops out. ;~)
If you want the best, www.festoolusa.com and do a dealer search.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
HotRdd wrote:

There really aren't any that I like very much for the ergonomics any more. I am partial to 3x24, though, so that is somewhat a limiting constraint on my own choices.
The best choice I found for my purposes when replacing the old (as in 20+) B&D was the Makita lower profile although I can't think of the model and it probably isn't made any longer, either, anyway since everybody seems to think they have to introduce new and kill old models at the drop of a hat anymore... :(
Anyway, it is ok -- balance isn't as good as the old center-mount B&D, but not nearly as bad as the side-driven models and lower for clearance than many.
Variable speed is also an "ok" option, but certainly note a make or break one (again, other usage patterns could conceivably make that a bigger advantage).
Paper change is good as is tracking and dust collection adequate.
Biggest "gotcha" for 3" these days is that virtually all 3" machines are made from 4" chassis w/ nothing but the rollers and platen swapped out for narrower ones. This usually means the machine can't reach an inside corner as the platen doesn't reach the edge of the housing even on the open side and contributes a lot of bulk and heft (and imbalance) for no useful purpose.
If it came in a 24" version, I'd give the 3-wheel DeWalt a whirl. It surely appears from pictures to have an opportunity to be much more amenable to handling than most of the other current designs, much in keeping w/ my old favorite B&Ds (may the rest in the parts bin in peace while I keep wishing for a way to remake the drive gears at a reasonable cost)...
HTH...
--
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Now that you mention it hitting the inside corners of the doors I was working on was a huge problem. I think I came within 2" though :-) . I'm wondering if having extra weight on the belt sander increases the work load or decreases the need the push?

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
HotRdd wrote:

...
Depends on the job/orientation. For the most part, for my usage patterns it is a detriment rather than a help.
If you ever have need to work on vertical surfaces, you'll soon find the heavy P-C's and similar a real workout although they're absolutely bullet-proof from that side of things...
Again, not enough information on usage pattern for more specifics really...
--
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
HotRdd wrote:

I've been very happy with my DeWalt DW433, with carbon plate and dust extraction fitting.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
BE321 by Ryobi at Home Depot. Probably $100 or a bit less. Always reviewed as a best buy in the mags. There's no one sander that is multifunctional to a point where it replace other types of sanders. I own 5 sanders, including a big boy Festool and the Ryobi BE321. Each gets its fair share of use for its intended purpose in my shop. ROY!
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

I'm using all kinds of stuff and I hate it all. It's good stuff I just hate sanding.
I have a PC 362VS whisper series 4 x 24, it works well in all ways except for light weight.
I have a PC 360 3 x 24, it also works well, a little lighter but I like the balance of the 362 better.
I have a Delta 18/36 drum sander, very agressive and good for keeping a flat plane on a panel.
I have a couple of PC 5" quick sand ROS, one hook and loop VS and the other adhesive backed. After using them for a couple of hours my hand tingles for the rest of the day.
I used every one of them yesterday sanding 15 glued up panels. The panels came out great, but the act of sanding in no way made my day. SInce I don't currently have dust collection, I pushed it all out in the back yard, I now have a back yard full of cherry flour. Good lawn food.
The only thing I don't have is an agressive right angle ROS, as Leon suggested. I think I may need to get one, see if it can change my attitude about sanding :~)
Frank
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

FIY, many of the ROS sanders are basically finish sanders with a bit more get up and go. The PC right angle ROS, http://www.deltaportercable.com/Products/CategoryOverview.aspx?catPathB72.4288.4291 is quite aggressive. I have been using the 5" single speed with PSA paper since 1989. I suspect that the design has been highly successful since it is still around. BTY I can use mine all day long with no tingle. Not totally vibration free but not bad for a sander.
As good as it is I think a Rotex is in my future.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

I have an Elu that is no longer available *as an Elu* but DeWalt makes the same sander; a model DW433. I have replaced the platen and the dust bag but the sander is still going strong. I don't know exactly how old it is but it gets lots of use and I wouldn't trade it for any other 3 X 21 out there. I also have a Bosch 1276 DVS (4 X 24) that I like but don't use very often (weight, bulk, etc) *IF* you're interested in a ROS, be sure to look at a Ridgid R2611 (Home Depot) I bought one a few weeks ago and I'm impressed with it's performance. I should point out that I also have a Bosch 3727 DEVS 6" ROS that has served well but IMHO isn't quite the sander that the Ridgid is. I also have a Porter Cable 7335 that I bought right after they hit the market. It's a 5" PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) type. The others are hook & loop (velcro) Dust collection on the Ridgid is great even with just the little dust bag and if you connect a vac hose, provision for which is built in, you can just about forget the dust. My 2 cents worth.
Max
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
wrote:

My old Ryobi belt sander is slowly going too. It lasted over 15 years and Ryobi still makes it with a few improvements so I bought another one for $99 at the BORG. I use it a lot upside-down, and the flat top make's that super easy.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

yesterday
Why?
If you are in the counter top business, makes sense.
Otherwise, why bother?
What is your application that can't be better served by another tool.
Lew
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
HotRdd schreef:

http://preview.tinyurl.com/34hgwu Stroke sander for Pro. Hobby: http://www.makita.com/menu.php?pg=product_cat&tag=wo_beltSander Also examine tests of popularwoodworking and finewoodworking.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Related Threads

HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.