3X21 belt sanders - why do they always fail in the middle of a project, and why can't they build one that will last for more than 2 or 3 belts at a reasonable price? Over the years have killd a number of them. Last three were a Craftsman (1980s era), then a Harbor freight, and lastly a Wen. Craftsman the motor burnt out, the HF the drive belt broke and no replacement to be found, and lastly the Wen had a motor bearing die. Granted all these are the $50-60 type sanders, but should last more than for two or 3 belts.
I don't beat on my tools, I let the sander do it's thing without pressure, and vacuum it all over when done using. So, the Wen quit yesterday after (I think) about the third belt, so off to Lowes I go.
Just two models in stock - Craftsman, $60, and a Metabo for $160. Craftsman carries a 3 year warranty, so I'll keep the receipt, but it is still China made. Doubt the warranty is much good, but who knows. No other place anywhere nearby, so the Craftsman came home with me, fingers crossed.
OK, minor rant over.