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jamesd20 08-03-2012 08:42 AM

What is a good belt sander at a reasonable price
 
I want to by a professional quality belt sander but do not want to pay over the odds. Can anyone recommend a sander that is a good balance between price and quality???

ryan50hrl 08-03-2012 08:55 AM

I like both the dewalt and craftsman pro models

joecaption 08-03-2012 09:01 AM

Your going to get a whole lot of differant opions on this one question.
Do some research by going on Amazon.com and look up belt sanders, find one you like and look at the bottom of the listing for comments from people that own one.
Then also take a look on CPO tools. They often have great deals on new and sometimes 1/2 price on factory rebuilt tools that have new tool warrentys.

jamesd20 08-03-2012 09:01 AM

I seen the Milwaukee BS100S on the Ray Grahams website for 220 and the cheapest i have seen it elsewhere is 250.
I think Milwaukee is a good brand but i have never owned any of their stuff. What do you think of this tool???

joecaption 08-03-2012 09:21 AM

Milwaukee has only made heavy duty tools so most likly it will work fine.
Porta Cable has alway recived high marks also.

What do you plan on using it for?
I own 2, belt sanders and I can not even remember the last time they were used. There great for really heavy material removal but real easy to get to crazy with and take off to much of leave gouges so by far I use a random orbital sander 99.99&% of the time.

jamesd20 08-03-2012 09:27 AM

I have 14 doors in my house and they are all stained. They were expensive good quality doors so i want to recycle them by sanding off the varnish and stain and refinishing them. The decor in the house has changed so the doors need to change colour also.

Can you suggest a better sander for the job???

joecaption 08-03-2012 09:38 AM

I'd suggest you go back and edit your profile and add your location.
There's several people on here that are from your area and they may have better suggestions.
The tools avalible to you are not avalible here.

A belt sander should work fine for that just pay attention to the direction it's turn when your doing the ends of the door. Use it in the wrong direction and you could rip off a section of wood. You want it to be pushing away from the corner.

ratherbefishing 08-03-2012 10:30 AM

Milwaukee is known for making good stuff. Every red tool I own works just like it's supposed to. But that sander is (what we would call) a 4"x24". That's a big belt sander for sanding doors (and a beast if you need to use it vertically). You might be better off with a 3"x21". When I was researching/shopping for a belt sander, the Porter Cable, Makita and Bosch got good reviews. I ended up with the PC 3x21 variable speed, and have had no complaints.

One thing I've figured out about belt sanders. Unlike a saw that makes a cut and gets switched off, a sander runs for extended periods. A cheap one is gonna burn up.

I've bought a Random Orbital sander since the belt sander. I'm impressed with how versatile it is, with different grit discs. With a coarse disc, it's reallly fast. A fine disc makes it a decent finish sander. One of those may be a better choice for your project.

Awoodfloorguy 08-14-2012 04:47 PM

I have a couple of ridgid belt sanders and they work pretty well.

del schisler 08-15-2012 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by jamesd20 (Post 980493)
I have 14 doors in my house and they are all stained. They were expensive good quality doors so i want to recycle them by sanding off the varnish and stain and refinishing them. The decor in the house has changed so the doors need to change colour also.

Can you suggest a better sander for the job???

If you are going to just sand this is going to take lot's sand paper if they are varnished. The varnish will fill up the paper real fast. If it were me i would use a paint remover first. I dont know what kind you have. But i would do that first. This is going to be a bigger job than you think. Good luck. the porter cable sander 3X21 is a good one i have a couple of them. I use them most every day for yrs and they still work. their are lot's of different tool's. Just review and than buy.


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