13 Best Power Belt Sanders

List Updated March 2020

Bestselling Power Belt Sanders in 2020


WEN 6307 Variable Speed Detailing File Sander with 1/2-by-18" Belt

WEN 6307 Variable Speed Detailing File Sander with 1/2-by-18
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Variable speed dial powers the belt anywhere from 1080 to 1800 feet per minute
  • Auto-tracking belt system requires no tensioning or adjustments
  • Pivot the 1/2-by-18-inch belt up to 55 degrees to meet the needs of any project
  • Tool-free belt installation makes for quick and easy belt changes during the job
  • Includes three abrasive sanding belts, a dust port attachment and a two-year warranty

WEN 6515 1 in. x 30 in. Belt Sander with 5 in. Sanding Disc

WEN 6515 1 in. x 30 in. Belt Sander with 5 in. Sanding Disc
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Two-in-one sanding machine includes both a 1-by-30 inch belt and a 5-inch disc
  • 2.3A motor provides up to 3160 FPM for the belt and 3450 RPM for the disc
  • Sturdy cast iron base prevents walking and wobbling during operation
  • Features two separate dust ports for maximum vacuuming efficiency
  • Includes a miter gauge, an 80-grit sanding disc, a 100-grit sanding belt and a 2-year warranty

BLACK+DECKER DS321 Dragster 7 Amp 3-Inch by 21-Inch Belt Sander with Clot

BLACK+DECKER DS321 Dragster 7 Amp 3-Inch by 21-Inch Belt Sander with Clot
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Stanley - Black & Decker
  • Quality Tools
  • New Unused
  • Innovative front roller allows you to reach even the tightest corners with ease
  • Retractable, three-position handle for optimum control
  • Dust collector keeps work area clean for improved visibility
  • Dimensions: 15.4 x 6.2 x 6.1 inches (WxHxD); weighs 8.2 pounds; 2-year warranty
  • Includes medium grit sanding belt, dust bag, and instruction manual

United Abrasives-SAIT 60063 1AX/2AX Closed Coat Aluminum Oxide 1/2-Inch X 18-Inch 100 Grit Quick Ship Sanding Belt, 10-Pack

United Abrasives-SAIT 60063 1AX/2AX Closed Coat Aluminum Oxide 1/2-Inch X 18-Inch 100 Grit Quick Ship Sanding Belt, 10-Pack
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020
  • 1A-X/2A-X: Aluminum Oxide, closed coat, X weight cotton. For general purpose sanding grinding and finishing of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, wood, cast iron, ordinary and alloyed steels and stainless steel.

PORTER-CABLE 371 2-1/2-Inch by 14-Inch Compact Belt Sander

PORTER-CABLE 371 2-1/2-Inch by 14-Inch Compact Belt Sander
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020
  • Textured rubber body grip provides comfortable non-slip surface
  • Flush side enables sanding up to perpendicular surface
  • Metal components provide durability for professional applications
  • Dust sealed, recessed switch offers accessibility while minimizing unintended turn-offs
  • Removable auxiliary handle offers better control when two-handed use is desired. Cord exit grip offers auxiliary gripping for various orientations

3M 9265NA Heavy Duty Power Sanding Belts - Medium 80g, 3-Inch by 21-Inch 2-pack

3M 9265NA Heavy Duty Power Sanding Belts - Medium 80g, 3-Inch by 21-Inch 2-pack
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • The product is 2PK 3x21 80G Sand Belt
  • Easy to use
  • The product is manufactured in United States
  • 3 in x 21 in
  • Medium Grit
  • 2-pack
  • For use on wood, metal, plastic and painted surfaces
  • Use to power sand a wide variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic, and painted surfaces

Porter-Cable PCB420SA Belt with 8" Disc Bench Sander, 4" x 36"

Porter-Cable PCB420SA Belt with 8
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020
  • Powerful ball bearing 3/4 HP induction motor provides power for small and large sanding operations on various materials
  • Separate aluminum tables for sanding disc and belt with miter gauge
  • Cast Iron base reduces vibration and helps keep the sander stable during use
  • Sanding belt tilts up to 90 degrees vertical, unsupported underside allows for sanding of curved work pieces
  • Dust collection system with included dust bag and adjustable port, keeps work are cleaner

LvBo Small Mini 10mm Hand Power Air Belt Sander Grinder Tool with 5 peice Belts

LvBo Small Mini 10mm Hand Power Air Belt Sander Grinder Tool with 5 peice Belts
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

3M 9285NA-2 Heavy Duty Power Sanding Belts, 3-Inch by 21-Inch, Eby. Coarse, 40 grit, 2-pack

3M 9285NA-2 Heavy Duty Power Sanding Belts, 3-Inch by 21-Inch, Eby. Coarse, 40 grit, 2-pack
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
  • The product is 2PK 3x21 40G Sand Belt
  • Easy to use
  • The product is manufactured in China
  • 3 in x 21 in
  • Extra Course Grit
  • 2-pack
  • For use on wood, metal, plastic and painted surfaces
  • Use to power sand a wide variety of materials including wood, metal, plastic, and painted surfaces

POWERTEC 110810 80 Grit Aluminum Oxide Sanding Belts (Pack of 10), 3" x 18"

POWERTEC 110810 80 Grit Aluminum Oxide Sanding Belts (Pack of 10), 3
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020
  • Made with premium open coat aluminum oxide grain
  • X-weight cloth backing
  • Resist moisture and heat
  • Resin on resin bond
  • Applications: wood/ aluminum/ non-ferrous metal/ plastic/ fiberglass

WEN 6523 Oscillating Belt & Spindle Sander

WEN 6523 Oscillating Belt & Spindle Sander
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

JET J-41002 2-Inch by 42-Inch 3/4-Horsepower Bench Belt and 8-Inch Disc Sander

JET J-41002 2-Inch by 42-Inch 3/4-Horsepower Bench Belt and 8-Inch Disc Sander
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
  • Deluxe miter gauge that turns and locks for common angles, 45 degrees both left and right
  • Hinged idler wheel cover, tilting table
  • Abrasive belt unit does the work of a jig saw, coping saw, or hand file while removing material and finishing
  • Allows an operator to get into small openings, plus handle odd shapes and angles
  • Grind, sand, or finish large work pieces on the disc unit fast and efficiently, table is slotted to accept miter gauge

POWERTEC BD1030 1-Inch by 30-Inch Belt Sander

POWERTEC BD1030 1-Inch by 30-Inch Belt Sander
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020
  • Powerful 1/3HP Induction motor for optimum sanding outcome
  • Adjustable belt tracking ensures true alignment
  • Removable back plate facilitate sanding on curved or irregularly shaped work
  • 0 Degree - 45 Degree tilting table for precise angle sanding
  • Rubber feet absorb vibrations for stability

Sandpaper, Belt Sanders and Disk Sanders: What to Buy for Your Sanding Needs

Buying sandpaper is a little like buying a coffin. You're putting down good money for something you wish you didn't have to use in the first place.

If you are buying belts or disks, the resin-over-resin bonded types last the longest. The abrasive is glued on with one coat of a tough plastic resin, which is better than the cheaper glue used on inferior belts. Then, a second coat goes on top to really cement the abrasive in place. This helps the disk or belt last two or three times longer than cheaper types.

Save the cheaper belts for situations like sanding off old finishes. Here your paper will clog up before it wears out and a cheaper belt will work as well for less money. Better yet, if you are disking off old paint, don't use paper at all. Instead, get a heavy-duty carbide-coated metal disk. It will last for hours, although you may have to clean off caked-on paint every now and then. The best way to do this is to soak the disk in paint remover. Even in normal woodworking, belts and disks tend to clog up before they wear out. You can solve this problem by using a rubber cleaning block. This is just a big chunk of gum rubber. Hold it against your running disk or belt and, like a giant eraser, it will remove all but the most stubborn clogging. Sanding supply companies sell these blocks, or, in a pinch, you can use the sole of an old sneaker.

If you buy from a sand supply company, it's easy to get resin-over-resin abrasives, because the listings will identify them. But in a store, you may have to do a bit of detective work. Resin-over-resin abrasives usually have a dark maroon or black color rather than a light grayish tan. No matter what kind of abrasives you are buying, stay away from bargain brands. Look for names like 3M, Norton and Klingspor.

How you use paper has a major effect. When hand-sanding flat surfaces, always use a block. This will produce a better job and extend the life of the paper by distributing wear evenly. You can buy a block, or make your own by gluing some felt, leather or carpeting to a piece of scrap wood. When hand-sanding contoured work, I like to fold a piece of paper in half, with the grit sides facing out. I spray a mist of aerosol rubber cement on the backing and glue the two paper surfaces to each other. I now have a two-sided sheet of paper with double the normal stiffness and toughness. Plus, it's easy to grip because both faces are abrasive.

Another good way to make efficient use of paper is to make sanding sticks. Just cement the paper to thin pieces of wood. Paint-stirring sticks - usually free at paint stores - work well, or you can create special shapes to fit odd contours and spaces.

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