Hello, I don’t know if you remember the last post where we share about how to find the or not. However, today I continue with the topic how to find the best belt sander , one of my favorite home tool.
For those who don’t know what is belt sander. It is a power tool that’s designed for shaping and remove the hard surface. Unlike disc sander, the belt sander has lightweight perform to use in hand and hard- reach area but still has the super strong motor to done the sanding job quicker.
So, the question you may consider is what are the important elements you have to understand to find the best belt sander?
Speed and Belt Size:
The key points in choosing a belt sander are its speed and belt size. The belt sander comes with different speed and size for various projects. Most of the manufacturers provides the size from 3-4 inch. These are 2 common size that can easy to solve almost your problem in sanding stuff. Some specific size such as 1 inch, 6-inch or 10-inch are used for other purposes like sharping/ making blades, curving and sanding big materials.
The second element that affects a lot in your work efficiency is sander speed. Most belt sanders deliver high speed from 500- 3000 ft/min which means you can clear the unnecessary part very fast even through tough stock. However, the bad side is sometimes it can easily ruin your stock or gouging down as fast as it sanding. That why the speed you dial have to suitable for your material. Some models provide various speed control to direct the proper speed in each different kind of surfaces.
Belt tracking and tension:
Even though the speed and size are very important. You can find a numerous of products that have the same speed and size but different price and quality. So the belt tracking is what you should look for more to get a suitable one. Some cheap belt sander doesn’t have the enough tension to use in sanding. The belt slips out while you working and make you stock damaged and you will feel very annoyed because you have to fix in line all the time.
This is the major factor, but most of buyer don’t care a lot. The customers who actually use the product can give you a reality look of what advantages and disadvantages feature in the belt sander. Which kind of belt sander is suitable for your job and which not. You can read the users reviews in Amazon, Ebay or specific forum before decide to buy a belt sander.
Belt sander is really a great supportive tool especially for who care about woodworking. For me, I usually use belt sander to sanding at first, when the stock still very rough and has no shape. Sometimes, I turn the speed lower to finish the surface. But it still has many of usage you can discover. Hope this post will help you in picking the right belt sander. For any question, please contact me follow About menu.