Top 5 Best Belt Sander 2020

Top 5 Best Belt Sander 2020

Are you looking for the best belt sander? In this topic, we will top belt sanders on the market.

1. Makita 9903

The Makita 9903 is our pick for best belt sander for jobs that require a high degree of performance. The 8.8 amp high speed motor will spin the 3″ x 21″ belt anywhere from 690 to 1440 feet per minute and includes an auto tracking mechanism to prevent the belt from working itself off. For situations that require a lot of movement, such as sanding a floor, the Makita includes a 16 foot cord that allows you do the entire room from a single outlet. A little debris on a freshly sanded work area can be a problem, which is why this model includes a cloth dust bag to reduce the cleanup.

Makita produces some of our favorite power tools, and the 9903 is a great example of how they earned the reputation as one of the best tool manufacturers today. The sander is built job site tough, and the only major complaint that surfaces again and again is the weight of the unit, regardless of the fact that the weight of the tool is actually a plus in heavy sanding environments. Built for heavy use, this unit will work well on everything from household furniture refinishing to heavy duty floor or metal sanding.

2. Makita 9403 Belt Sander

This whisper quiet unit (for a typical belt sander) produces only 84 decibels of noise, but still provides great results. The powerful 11-Amp motor can run its 4-inch by 24-inch belt at an impressive 1,640 feet per minute for quick stock removal. Furthermore, a labyrinthine constructed interior protects the motor and bearings from particle contamination. The balance is superb on this sander, and the speed means this baby puts out plenty of sawdust.

The included bag is good for small jobs, but many owners just attach it to a shop vac for dust collection or connect a hose leading to a covered bucket when doing larger jobs. Perhaps the single most damaging problem with the 9403 is a manufacturing defect which has a habit of slipping past quality control. The rear drive wheel often has a mold line, causing it to dig into the wood you’re cutting. This leaves you high and dry unless you feel brave enough to remove the mold line yourself.

3. Hitachi SB8V2 Variable Speed Belt Sander

The Hitachi SB8V2 is a just a tad faster and more powerful than our top belt sander and its 3″ x 21″ belt operates at speed from 820 to 1475 feet per minute. It features a few innovative advancements, including the elastomer grips and the time saving tracking window that lets you know the belt is riding true. To prevent muscle fatigue, the soft grip coating on the handles provides you with an easy, comfortable grip that’s a favorite of those who have used other sanders.

Dust collection is another feature the Hitachi excels at with many owners saying it captures more than the competition. Because of the weight and design, this unit may be difficult to get the hang of initially, but remember that it is a heavy duty tool designed for more experienced users, so that learning curve may slow down beginners. The heft also means you don’t need to apply additional pressure when sanding.

4. Skil 7510-01 Sandcat Belt Sander

Finally, a good entry-level sander that benefits those of us who are heavy-handed! Advanced pressure control warns you when excessive pressure is applied, saving both wood and wallet from getting gouged. With its 3″ x 18″ belt spinning at 1,050 feet per minute it’s a bit slower than the competition but fast for its price range. The auto track system ensures the belt stays centered on the project, while a micro filtration system captures even fine dust particles. The clear dust canister allows you to see when it’s time to dump, and you can change belts with a single lever making changes fast and effortless.

You don’t need a lot of pressure to make this sander work. In fact, you often don’t need to apply any weight at all, allowing the sander to gently but quickly smooth out smaller defects. The power is impressive for its size, and belts are a common size, making it a snap to switch out the grit count as needed. Several customers have had a problem with the motor burning out within a year or even a few months. The use of plastic for some parts exposed to heat (common with inexpensive sanders) may be the culprit in at least some cases. This doesn’t seem to be a common problem, but the wide range of lifespans and circumstances means you should keep track of the warranty.

5. WEN 6502 2-in-1 Belt Disc Sander

The WEN 6502 is an excellent belt sander for stationary use. It features a heavy duty 4.3 amp motor which controls the 4-inch by 36-inch belt, but there is also a built-in 6-inch disc sander that’s powered by the same motor. The belt spins at 1,900 RPM and can be adjusted from 0 to 90 degrees tilt for increased usability. The 6″ side disc spins at 3,600 RPM and allows for more versatility in your sanding projects. The heavy duty cast iron base will hold the sander in place for long material handling or extended tasks.

On long projects, the tilt of the belt can be locked in place with the special set screw and included allen wrench. To help you get more done in less time, the WEN 6502 is built with a tension lever for fast belt changes. WEN has been in business since 1951 and has become recognized as one of the most responsive tool manufacturers of the day. To this end, the company reacts quickly to complaints or problems and seems to take a genuine interest in making every customer a happy one.

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