Hi All, I am sure this is a tried and true conversation topic, but I don't seem to able to find good info in the arcives and was looking for some help.
I am thinking about purchasing a belt sander for some home renovation needs, and am wondering about their application in the woodshop. I have never had access to one, even in the best outfitted shops which I assume has something to do with either their lack of suitability or that those shops had edge sanders. Basically I am wondering what if anything people use their belt sanders for in terms of furniture fabrication and the like. I am trying to decide if one of the cheaper Porter Cable models will suffice, which it should for my occasional home repair needs, or if I should save and spring for the 504 which I understand to be a clear winner.
I know the cry once or cry twice mentality, and while I fully understand it there are sometimes and some tools that I have used so infrequently that it seems silly to have the absolute best simply sit on the shelf.
As always any thoughts advice or off the wall commentary is appreciated