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Belt Sanders, what to look for in one?

Hello,
I have the chance to get my hands on 4 or 5 belt sanders at maybe 20% of the price, something like a Black & Decker DS321, well there are 4 or 5 but I just need one, I actually plan to use it like you see many times on youtube, upside down to round small wooden parts.

What is that makes a good machine? Are the Watts? I have one that was given to me for free, it's 240W, when I get close to it with a piece of wood, the belt stops running for lack of power.

Thanks for any suggestions

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Hand held belt sanders are one tool that I probably would not buy used---

Here is why--they are easy to damage and unless very well built--all to short lived.

If those are dirt cheap---maybe---but try them out first---

The nose wheel and its adjustment must be in proper working order---straight tracking--while idling and while working

The spring steel platen must be intact--(That is the sacrificial plate under the belt)

The bearings on the front wheels can wear--causing excess heat--so check that---

Porter Cable makes a nice one---I don't know if the Black and Decker ones are good or bad.
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if you can get one for cheap OK, but ....

I use my 4" x 6" bench sander all the time for small parts. I keep a 50 grit belt on it and it will smooth out most marks and round over edges etc. It's hooked to a small shop vac and that collects most of the dust. Here are some examples:
http://images.search.yahoo.com/yhs/s...&hsimp=yhs-006

My is a Delta I got used for $40.00 and I do not use the disc.... it's about worthless.

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)
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Hello,

I have the chance to get my hands on 4 or 5 belt sanders at maybe 20% of the price, something like a Black & Decker DS321, well there are 4 or 5 but I just need one, I actually plan to use it like you see many times on youtube, upside down to round small wooden parts.



What is that makes a good machine? Are the Watts? I have one that was given to me for free, it's 240W, when I get close to it with a piece of wood, the belt stops running for lack of power.



Thanks for any suggestions



Nic

One thing is for sure. The way your going to use it is probably best. Be sure and mount it so it's easy to adjust the tracking.

Al


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I would just buy a sander made for this purpose. You can buy a used one for $20.
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Thanks guys, can you tell me is 900W is a powerful enough? I can get a new one still in the box for 30 euro
from a company that went belly up :-)
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Thanks guys, can you tell me is 900W is a powerful enough? I can get a new one still in the box for 30 euro
from a company that went belly up :-)
There is a reason that they went 'belly up'...

If you are looking for REAL power you need to see what the people that are racing use and prefer...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9hCPe4KNtg

(hint: old school Porter Cable)

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