My old B&D 3x24 belt sanders have both finally worn out (drive gears and
no spare parts available any more). These have been the best belt sander
for my purposes I've ever seen--balanced w/motor between rollers,
relatively light weight and powerful enough to remove all the material
I've ever wanted. Unfortunately, B&D no longer makes anything like it
(they told me they stopped building this model in 3/79) and it appears
there are very few (if any) similarly designed units available today
Anybody have any suggestions? I've seen two that are close--one from
Bosch and one from DeWalt but both are 3x21 rather than 3x24 which I
would strongly prefer. The pictures I've seen of the Makita 9920 make
it look promising, but I've been unable to find one anywhere to actually
look at/heft, and I've seen one site that has a picture that makes it
look as though it has an external drive mechanism, too (although there
was a note that the picture might not represent the actual product, so I
don't know if it is or not).
Anyway, anybody have any recommendations or detailed knowledge on the
Makita? Anybody used the new DeWalt electronic VS 3x21 one? What about
the Bosch 1274DVS? It's also 3x21 and I've not been able to find it to
look at. It appears there's no model similar in design to it but 3x24?
Also, if anybody were to have B&D No. 7450 belt sanders w/good gears,
I'd sure be interested in talking...if I had some way to get the couple
of gears needed made/refurbished I'd seriously consider that, too.