Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Sanding Belt Breakage
I have an older Sears Craftsman, hand held, belt sander, 3 X 21. Probably 20 - 30 years old but it still runs OK. I tried to use it today to sand a wood base I made for my arbor press (2" x 10" x 24" +/-). It should have been a snap of a job. But inside of 10 minutes I/it broke four sanding belts, two used and two new. All four of these belts were purchased at least four years ago, probably five or maybe even six. All but the one on the sander were stored in an air conditioned room. They were two different brands, B&D and Ace, I think. I had to use my newer, smaller B&D sander to complete the job and it worked without breaking any belts.
This brought back some memories. I have observed that if I used belts that were a year or more old on that Sears sander, they would break quickly. I do wood work infrequently and think I always had to buy new belts for every job where I used this sander.
My question is are there better and lesser brands of sanding belts? Or is this sander just a belt eater? If it is the sander I can easily buy a new one in that size for less than my cost in belts over the years. If it is the belts, what brands will last longer? Hang the cost, a $1 belt that breaks in under 5 minutes is a total waste and a $50 one that lasts is a great bargain.