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Best Belt Sander Reviews: Complete Buyer’s Guide

Are you looking for the best belt sander for the money? Read on for our full reviews of the best options available with all the Pros & Cons of each.
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A belt sander is an excellent choice for tough sanding jobs, like reconditioning your deck or stripping paint from walls. Belt sanders are easy to operate, and most of them come with handheld functionality.

These machines rip through the toughest material, powered by an electric motor that drives the belt, helping it tear through the most robust materials.

You can use belt sanders to sand wood, plastic, and steel. This versatile machine runs on belts that are adjustable, with different grits to suit different materials. From a fine finish to a robust ripper, belt sanders can handle a variety of sanding jobs.

In this review, we’ll look at the best belt sanders, make our recommendations for our top picks, and introduce you to the best models on the market.

Our Top Picks

We looked at dozens of models when compiling our list of the best belt sanders. Out of all the contenders, we picked these three models as our top choices for this review. Whether you’re looking for a budget model or the best that money can buy, we have you covered.

Best Pick: Hitachi SB8V2 Belt Sander

Hitachi SB8V2 9.0 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Trigger Lock and Soft Grip Handles (Discontinued by the Manufacturer)
  • Hitachi Power Tools has renamed to Metabo HPT. Same great tools, with only a new name.
  • Variable speed dial adjusts speed from 820 1,475 feet/min for improved manageability during any operation
  • Soft elastomer grip surface on the main and auxiliary handles for a comfortable and secure hold
  • Tracking window improves visibility of sanding surface and sanding belt during use and belt size is 76 x 533millimeter(3 x 21 inches)
  • Left side mounted dust collection bag improves corner sanding applications, while reducing airborne particles to keep work area clean

Hitachi is synonymous with quality. This brand has a reputation for manufacturing some of the best power tools available. The SB8V2 model features a powerful 9-amp motor, making it strong enough for the most extensive sanding jobs. It’s a great model for getting into corners, and you have total control over the machine, with a good balance between power and precision.

Premium Pick: Makita 9903 Variable Speed

Makita 9903 8.8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
  • Powerful 8.8 AMP motor; only 85dB
  • Variable speed control dial (690-1,440 ft./min.) enables user to match the speed to the application
  • Auto-tracking belt system tracks belt without adjustment
  • Innovative design for sanding flush to wall with nose and side of sander
  • Front grip design for comfortable operation

Makita makes some of the best power tools in the world. This brand has a reputation associated with top quality machines, featuring components that last a lifetime. This variable speed belt sander is the ideal choice for contractors and professional woodworkers that need a sander they can rely on to deliver the performance they need on woodworking projects.

Budget Pick: Black + Decker DS321 Dragster

BLACK+DECKER Belt Sander with Dust Bag, 7-Amp, 3-Inch by 21-Inch (DS321)
  • Stanley - Black & Decker
  • Quality Tools
  • New Unused
  • Included Components: (1) DS321 Sander, (1) Medium grit sanding belt, (1) Dust bag
  • Innovative front roller allows you to reach even the tightest corners with ease

This machine offers a good balance between DIY and industrial use. It’s the ideal sander for homeowners that use a belt sander now and again for sanding jobs around the home and workshop plus it comes with a budget price-tag.

Belt Sander Reviews

Now that you know our top models let’s unpack them in greater detail. We’ll also look at a few other belt sanders we think are worthy of mention. Check out our buyer’s guide section after the reviews for more information on selecting the right belt sander.

Hitachi SB8V2 Belt Sander – The Best Overall Belt Sander

The Hitachi SB8V2 belt sander wins our award for the best overall belt sander in this review. This model features a potent 9-amp brushless electric motor with variable speed control.

Operate this sander at speeds of between 820 to 1,475-feet per minute. This sander can handle wood, plastic, and metal, with a durable, wear-resistant V-belt.

This model features the duct bag on the left side of the machine, making it easy to get into corners and tight spaces. The main body is flush on the right side, allowing you to sand to the edge of the wall.

The clear front cover gives you a tracking guide to keep your sander on point, and an ergonomic grip to reduce operator fatigue in your hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.

The dust bag keeps your workplace clean, and you can hook up a shop vacuum to the dust port.

  • Soft grip handles to reduce operator fatigue
  • Powerful 9-amp motor for the toughest sanding jobs
  • Variable speed adjustment from 820 to 1,475 feet per minute
  • Tracking window for precision sanding
  • Side-mounted duct bag for more accessible corner work
  • Wear-resistant V-belt doubles service life
  • Offers a good balance between a DIY and professional machine
  • Doesn’t come with a case

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Makita 9903 Variable Speed – The Best Premium Belt Sander

If you’re a woodworking professional looking for the best belt sander money can buy, add the Makita 9903 to your workshop tooling. This model features big power from its 8.8-amp brushless motor and variable speed control. Adjust the sanding speed to match your material and task, with speed selection between 690 to 1,440 feet per minute.

This machine maintains a constant speed, even with the load applied to the belt drive, there’s no slowing down, even if you apply serious pressure to the sander from the top.

The auto-tracking system on the belt needs no adjusting, improving the service life of your sanding belts.

The flat-side design of this machine allows you to sand in corners, right up to the edge of the wall. Get your sander flush with the wall, without damaging your paint.

The design and construction of this model feature a strong, sealed motor, reducing sound output. This machine runs at 85dB, making it one of the quietest belt sanders available.

The low profile of the machine gives you better leverage and control over your sanding, and the ergonomic handle reduces operator fatigue when using the machine for extended periods.

The sander comes with a cloth dust bag, and you can hookup the dust port to your shop vacuum for easy cleaning.

We like the 16.4-foot power cord that makes it easy to use anywhere in the workshop.

  • Top power tool brand with superior quality components and design
  • Variable speed from 690 to 1,440 feet per minute
  • Powerful 8.8-amp motor
  • Auto-tracking V-Belt
  • 16.4-foot power cable
  • Suitable for professional use
  • Doesn’t come with a carry case
  • Premium Price

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WEN 6502 with Cast Iron Base

This workbench belt sander comes with a cast iron base for extra stability during use. This 2-in1 sanding machine features a 4″ x36″ belt and a 6″ x” 6 disc, with a beveling worktable that shifts between zero to 90-degrees.

This sander is ideal for doing precision work on smaller jobs, giving two-handed control over the stock, rather than the machine.

The heavy-duty cast iron base also helps to prevent vibrations while keeping the machine in place while you work. However, we still recommend you fix this machine to your worktable to avoid unnecessary accidents.

The WEN 6502 features a 4.3-Amp motor. That might seem somewhat underpowered compared to other machines in this review. However, this sander is more of a finishing tool for small projects, and you won’t be using this sander to restore your deck.

This model comes with a quick-release lever for fast belt changes and a 2.5″ dust port that you can connect to your shop vacuum.

The sanding disc table bevels up to 45-degrees, featuring a removable miter gauge, and an extended safety guard to protect your hands.

  • Multi-use belt sander with belt and disc sanding functions
  • The belt sander tilts up to 90-degrees
  • Removable miter gauge
  • Dust ort for shop vacuum
  • 4.3-amp motor
  • No portable functionality

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Black + Decker DS321 Dragster

Black + Decker is a well-known brand in the DIY power tool market. The DS321 Dragster belt sander is the flagship model from the company, featuring innovative design, and quality components.

With its lightweight housing and 7-amp motor, this machine offers a good balance between DIY and industrial use. It’s the ideal sander for homeowners that use a belt sander now and again for sanding jobs around the home and workshop.

This model features a smaller front roller, allowing for precision work, such as sanding your staircase. The smaller roller gets into tight spaces, allowing you to cover more area during the job.

This sander has an extendable handle that locks into one of three positions, giving you plenty of leverage over the machine. You get a quick-release lever for easy belt changes and a tacking knob to keep your belt tight on the rollers.

With this Black + Decker model, you get a cloth dust bag and a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty. Lightweight and compact, this machine is a great choice.

  • Innovative small front roller for sanding in tight corners
  • Good choice for precision sanding
  • 7-amp motor
  • Retractable handle with three operating positions
  • Cloth dust bag included
  • Affordable
  • Not suitable for professional use

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WEN 6321 with Dust Bag

The WEN 6321 Belt Sander is the ideal tool for smoothing rough edges and surfaces on wood, metal, or plastic. This model features a 7-amp motor, making it an excellent choice for DIY use around the home workshop.

The belt spins at up to 820 feet per second, with a quick-release lever for easy belt changes and a tracking wheel to help you maintain the belt’s tension. The lightweight and compact design of this machine reduce operator fatigue during long sanding projects.

You also get lock-in safety features on the power trigger to give you better control over the sander during operation.

The front roller on this WEN model extends in front of the machine, like the Black + Decker design. This feature allows you to sand in tight corners without any hassle. You get a large dust bag to keep your workshop clean, with an 80-Grit sanding belt with your purchase.

  • The 7-amp motor spins the belt at 13-feet per second
  • Tracking adjustment knob
  • Lock-in trigger feature
  • Compact and lightweight
  • 2-year warranty
  • Quick-release belt system
  • Not suitable for professional use
  • We would like auto-tracking with this belt sander

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Porter-Cable 352VS

The Porter-Cable 352VS is a monster machine featuring a durable, heavyweight cast iron body. This machine is easy to operate, and the sheer weight of the unit allows for easy and effective sanding without much operator effort. Just point-and-shoot, and the sander does the work.

The sturdy metal body features a swivel dust port, allowing you to connect it to a shop vacuum to keep your workspace clean and free from debris.

The powerful 8-amp motor features enough power to take on the most demanding sanding jobs, and one side of the machine is flat, allowing for flush sanding against the wall.

The brushless motor features variable speed control, with speeds between 850-feet per minute to 1,300-feet per minute. With the Porter-Cable 352VS, you have a machine that is a good blend between a DIY and a professional model. This machine suits both contractors and DIY carpenters.

  • Smaller front roller for precision sanding
  • Powerful 8-amp motor
  • Dust port for dust bag or shop vacuum connection
  • Adjustable speed between 850 to 1,300-feet per minute
  • An excellent choice for industrial sanding
  • Durable design with all-metal housing
  • Heavy
  • The power cord has an inconvenient position

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Skil 7510-01 Handheld Belt Sander

The Skil 7510-01 is a fantastic option for an affordable DIY belt sander for your home workshop. This machine features pressure control technology warning you when you’re applying to much pressure to the sander – that’s a handy feature that prevents dishing of your material during the sanding process.

The Skil features an automatic tracking system that keeps your belt centered and on track, with the right amount of tension on the belt. The micro-filtration technology in the dust collection case is outstanding, and there’s no sawdust in the air in your workshop with this model.

The clear canister lets you know when its time to empty the cartridge, and you get single belt lever changes with a quick-release lever.

This Skil model is ideal for home DIY use, but we don’t think it’s the right choice for professional carpenters. This model is a top choice for your workshop if you want an affordable and effective belt sander.

  • A good choice for DIY woodworker
  • Excellent value for money
  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • Microfiltration dust bag
  • Front handle for better control
  • Not suitable for industrial use
  • Motor a little underpowered

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Central Machinery Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener

For our last model in this review, we have something entirely different. Are you thinking about cutting down a tree in your yard or splitting firewood with your ax? It would help if you had a sharp tool for the job. The Central Machinery Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener is a fantastic piece of equipment to have in your workshop.

Keep knives, axes, shears, and scissors sharp using this machine. This mini-belt sander features a 120 volt, 0.14-amp motor.

That might seem underpowered, but it’s all you need to keep your tools sharp. The 1/2-inch by 12-inch belt comes with sharpening guides featuring different angle guides; you get a 40° guide for your kitchens knives, and a 50° guide for your outdoor knives.

  • Versatile belt sander for sharpening tools
  • Flexible belts and tool grinding functionality
  • An ideal sharpening solution for carpenters and hunters
  • Sanding guides that bevel at 40°, 50° and 65° for precision sharpening
  • Great for sharpening different types of tools
  • Ideal for hunters and carpenters
  • Not suitable for large tools
  • No variable speed functionality
  • Not suitable for heavy-duty use

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Other Best Selling Options

Bestseller No. 1
SKIL 7510-01 Sandcat 6 Amp 3-Inch x 18-Inch Belt Sander with Pressure Control
  • Pressure control technology warns user when excessive pressure is applied
  • Auto track system keeps belt centered on track
  • Micro-filtration captures and contains fine dust particles
  • Clear view dust canister removes guess work of when to empty canister
  • Single lever belt changes
Bestseller No. 2
WEN 6502T 4.3-Amp 4 x 36 in. Belt and 6 in. Disc Sander with Cast Iron Base
  • Two-in-one sanding machine includes both a 4-by-36 inch belt and a 6-by-6 inch disc
  • Belt tilts anywhere from 0 to 90 degrees
  • Sturdy cast iron base prevents any heavy vibrations
  • 4.3 Amp motor provides up to 3600 RPM
  • Tension release lever provides for simple changes between sandpaper grits
Bestseller No. 3
TACKLIFE Belt Sander 3×18-Inch with 13Pcs Sanding Belts, Bench Sander with Variable-speed Control, Fixed Screw Clamps, Dust Box, Vacuum Adapters, 10Feet (3 meters) Length Power Cord PSFS1A
  • 🏡【2 In 1: Bench & Belt Sander】 Provided with two metal screw clamps, TACKLIFE belt sander can be turned over and fixed to table, acting as a bench sander, lock-on button helps to free your hand, providing more convenience and flexibility.
  • 🏡【13Pcs Sanding Belts】 Come with 6pcs 120 grits and 7pcs 80 grits aluminum oxide sanding belts, saving your money, meeting the requirements for your different projects. Metal clamping lever for easy and quick sanding belt change.
  • 🏡【Power & Variable-Speed Design】5 Amp motor offers great power to the sanding surface, delivering efficient removal and high quality finish. Variable-speed knob with 6 dials enables you to match the best speed to the application from 0-560rpm.
  • 🏡【High Performance Dust Collection System】The dust collecting box is detachable, can be easily installed and removed, easy to clean dust. Two vacuum dust adapters, 32mm and 35mm make it possible to connect your vacuum cleaner, reaching the perfect dust collection effect.
  • 🏡【Notes & Full Package】When meeting the problem that the belt slipping, adjust the screw at the bottom to a proper position, then the belt will run in track. Full package: TACKLIFE PSFS1A belt sander; 13pcs sanding belts; 2 screw clamps; 2 vacuum adapters; user manual; 2 Year Customer Support.
Bestseller No. 4
BLACK+DECKER Belt Sander with Dust Bag, 7-Amp, 3-Inch by 21-Inch (DS321)
  • Stanley - Black & Decker
  • Quality Tools
  • New Unused
  • Included Components: (1) DS321 Sander, (1) Medium grit sanding belt, (1) Dust bag
  • Innovative front roller allows you to reach even the tightest corners with ease
Bestseller No. 5
Makita 9403 4" X 24" Belt Sander
  • Quietest belt sander in its class: only 84 decibals
  • 4 inch wide belt with a speed of 1,640 feet per minute for fast material removal
  • Labyrinth construction seals motor and bearings from contamination
  • Large front grip is positioned for operator comfort. Variable speed control dial : No
  • 13 pounds; 1 year warranty

Belt Sander Buyer’s Guide

If you’re a carpenter or a hobbyist woodworker, then you need a belt sander in your workshop. This machine is the ideal tool for reconditioning surfaces and removing old paint. Belt sanders work on wood, plastics, and steel, provided you’re using the right sanding belts for the stated purpose.

Trying to sand down your deck using a sanding block and sandpaper will take you months. You can cut down the total time of finishing your sanding project with the help of a belt sander. The belt sander takes the effort out of your sanding job, allowing you to let the machine do the work for you.

All you need to do is guide the sander using the tracking window. A belt sander is an indispensable tool for woodworkers and carpenters, saving you time on sanding jobs. Choosing the right belt sander for your workshop is no easy task. There are hundreds of models available from dozens of manufacturers – how do you know which one will suit your needs?

Belt sanders vary in quality and pricing, with some designed for light use around the home, while others are suitable for the toughest workshop sanding tasks. If you try to use a DIY machine for an industrial project, you’ll probably end up burning the motor out before you finish.

You need an industrial machine for professionals that won’t let you down, even after years of dedicated service in your workshop. Repairing a belt sander isn’t worth the hassle, and you’re better off throwing it away and buying a new model. Therefore, make sure you buy the right sander to suit your application.

If you burn out your sander on an industrial application, the manufacturer won’t replace the machine under warranty because you were using it outside its intended purpose.

What Is a Belt Sander and Why Do Carpenters Need One in Their Workshop?

A belt sander is a powerful woodworking and carpentry tool. This machine can reduce the time you spend on stripping and finishing your projects, saving you hours of your time. Toss out that old sanding block and paper, and invest in a belt sander for your work.

Traditional sanding with a block and paper not only takes forever, but it also places a strain on your body. You’ll find that after a day of sanding, your hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, and back are killing you. The effort requires for manual sanding just isn’t worth the hassle.

Enter the belt sander. This machine does all the work for you, and all you need to do is guide it. Your new belt sander will turn an afternoon of hard work into an easy job that takes a fraction of the time. A belt sander works by using an electric motor to drive a sanding belt around two or more rollers. Standard belt sanders have two rollers – one at the front and back of the machine.

There’s a V-belt that connects the two rollers, and you slip the sanding belt over this v-belt, ensuring that you line up the directional arrows on the belt with those on the V-belt. Snap the belt in place with the quick-release lever, and you’re ready to start sanding.

Belt sanders come in a variety of motor capacities. DIY machines have motors with power output up to 7-amps. Industrial machines suitable for woodworking professionals need eight or 9-amp motors to stand up to heavy-duty use.

Is a Belt-sander User Friendly?

Belt sanders are easy to use, and they take the effort out of your sanding jobs. One thing that carpenters need to realize when using the sander is to let the machine do the work. The biggest mistake you can make with a belt sander is to put too much pressure on the machine while you work.

Overapplying pressure to the machine during operation will change the balance of the front and back rollers. As a result of this change, you’ll start to sand a “scoop” effect on the surface. Always remember to let the machine do the work; all you need to do is guide it.

When starting up your machine, even a 6-amp motor has a powerful kick. Therefore, make sure you have both hands on the sander to avoid it slipping out of your grip, causing a workshop injury. If you have no previous experience working with a belt sander, then we recommend that you practice on some old wood offcuts before you start sanding your hardwood floor.

A belt sander is a power tool, and power tools can cause accidents when you don’t handle them properly. Always ensure you’re wearing the correct PPE when using your belt sander. Safety glasses and respirators are essential safety equipment for using this tool.

When operating the sander, guide the machine by watching the front, not the back. Most sanders come with a tracking window that allows you to keep the machine on course. If you think you’re going to be using the machine for finishing work. If you intend to use the sander for this purpose, then we suggest looking at a model like the Black + Decker that has a smaller roller on the front for better precision control on tight corners.

Overall, the belt sander is not the best choice for a finishing sander, but it will do the job when reconditioning floors or other larger woodworking jobs. For smaller projects, an orbital sander will be the better tool.

DIY Applications Suiting Belt Sanders

A belt sander suits larger sanding projects where you don’t want to spend half your workday sanding cabinet doors, floors, or boards. The belt sander rips away the old paint or varnish, providing a clean surface for coating.

You can get finer grit belts that help you get a smooth finish. However, in most cases, you’ll be using an orbital sander or something similar for finishing your projects. The high-power motor in your belt sander makes short work of the most robust materials. However, make sure that you pay attention to where you’re sanding.

If you accidentally run over a nail during your sanding, it could end up tearing your sanding belt. Sanding belts come in grits ranging from 40 to 160. The 40-grit is the toughest, and it’s a good choice for heavy-duty sanding. The 160-grit is fine and leaves a smooth finish on your project.

While the 160-grit belts provide your project with a smooth finish, it’s not the ideal machine for the job. Belt sanders work well on flat surfaces, but they are a terrible choice for curved surfaces. Using a belt sander on a column or pole results in your sanding ruts into the material, ruining your work. For these types of jobs, it’s better to rely on other sanding tools.

Belt sanders are fantastic power tools for sanding flat surfaces like floors, cabinets, desks, counters, and more. You’ll find plenty of tasks for your sander around the house.

Can You Sand Your Deck with a Belt Sander?

A belt sander is a useful tool for sanding a small to the medium-size deck. The machine rips away weathered varnish and sealer in seconds, exposing the wood. However, you’ll need to take care when using this machine on your deck.

As we mentioned earlier, it’s easy to put too much pressure on the machine, resulting in a scooping effect on the floor of your deck. If you’re going to sand a large area, then we recommend hiring a floor sander for the day instead of using your belt sander.

However, if you only have a small deck or veranda, then a belt sander will be sufficient for completing the task. If you decide to go with a floor sander for your deck, you’ll still require the use of a belt sander. This machine helps you reach the corners and sides of the deck and in-between the slats.

On the other hand, the wooden panels in the deck experience compaction over time from foot traffic. As a result, you might wind up with low and high spots after using your floor sander. Your belt sander allows you to focus on each plank in the deck, producing a clean finish that’s ready for varnish, sealer, or paint.

Start sanding your deck using a 40-grit belt, and then switch to a 100-grit for the finishing work. You can use a 120-grit to finish the railings and posts for a cleaner and smoother finish. When sanding your deck, you’ll go through plenty of belts, so make sure you include these costs in your refurbishment estimate.

You can pick up spare belts from retailers online, and they typically come in packs of 3 or 5-belts. It’s important to note that belts are not universal, so stick to the same brand as the sanding machine.

How Do I Change the Belts?

Changing the belt on your sander is super easy. Most models come with quick-release levers on the side of the machine. When you’re ready to change the belt, disconnect the sander from the electrical outlet. The last thing you want is a false start that could lead to a severe injury.

After pulling out the quick-release lever, you’ll see the rollers contract toward the center of the machine. The belt will go slack, and you can easily remove it from the tracks or V-belt. Push in your new sanding belt, position it over the rollers, and then secure it by returning the quick-release lever to the locking position.

Make sure that you line up the arrows on the V-belt with the arrows on the sanding belt, and if you run the belt in the opposite direction results in the snapping of the belt.

Most machine feature auto-tracking and adjust the belt to the optimal position as soon as you start the machine. Manual versions come with a tracking knob that allows you to adjust the belt’s position and tension.

Operator Tips for Using a Belt Sander

Every belt sander in this review comes with unique features. Some machines suit heavy-duty carpentry, while others are better for DIY use. Here are a few operator tips to help you get the best performance out of your new machine.

  • Place two hands on the machine before starting
  • Never place the machine on the material when starting, start first, then begin sanding
  • Starting the machine on the material results in a jerking forward of the sander. As a result, and it might get away from your grip
  • Make sure that the bottom of the sander is parallel to the material when placing it on the surface
  • Keep the sander moving, and avoid putting pressure on the top of the machine to prevent scooping of the material
  • The weight of the sander is sufficient to strip any paint or varnish. Place light pressure on the machine for tight spots – remember to let the machine do the work
  • Sand with the grain of the material
  • Remember to wear your PPE when sanding. A dust mask and protective eyewear are essential
  • Always wear a respirator when sanding in enclosed environments with minimal airflow
  • Some sanders come with swivel ports that allow you to connect them to a shop vacuum
  • Always ensure that you still have the sander under control to prevent injury or damage to your material
  • Look for models that offer ergonomic handgrips to reduce operator fatigue – your hands will thank you for the following day after sanding that deck
  • Always ensure the machine is switched off and unplugged before changing the sanding belts
  • Look for a machine that features a trigger lock to prevent accidental startup of the sander
  • You’ll know its time to change the belt when performance starts to decline
  • Avoid sanding over nails or other metal objects when using wood sanding belts

What Belt Sander Is the Best Choice for My Job?

There are plenty of top-quality models in this review. However, you need to match your machine for your needs. If you’re a professional woodworker, you need an industrial tool like the Makita or the Hitachi.

These models feature premium design and construction with top-quality components. As a result, they can stand up to the toughest use in the workshop.

Don’t skimp on your budget and go for a DIY machine if you’re a woodworking professional. The motor will burn out quickly, and the manufacturer is under no obligation to replace your machine if you misuse it.

Belt Sander FAQs

Buying any power tool is a decision you need to consider carefully. Rushing into the wrong sander will frustrate you and ruin your carpentry.

In this section, we’ll give you a few frequently asked questions from carpenters when choosing the best belt sander for their application.

What causes the belt to break?

Belts can break if you install them in the wrong position. Look for the directional arrows on the inside of the belt. After finding them, line them up with the V-belt on your sander. Belts can also break after extensive use, due to wear and tear.

Can I sand hardwood floors with my belt sander?

Sure, belt sanders are the ideal tool for this task, and they rip through the toughest materials in seconds. If your sanding hardwood floors, then you’ll need several different grits. Start with a 60 or 80-grit belt and finish with a 120 or 140-girt belt before you seal or varnish the hardwood.

How do I change the belt?

Changing the belt on your sander is easy. Look for models that have quick-release levers. You pull the lever out, releasing the tension on the belt. Pull the belt off the V-belt and install a new one with the directional arrows facing in the right direction.

Can belt sander remove old paint?

Belt sanders are the ideal tools for removing old paint and sanding walls, steps, and floors. Choose the right grit belt and rip the paint away in seconds.

What can I expect to pay for a belt sander?

Belt sanders vary in price depending on the quality of the components and the brand. You can pick up a budget model for under $100, while a professional sander might run you up to $300.


By now, you should have a good idea of which machine in this review matches up to your requirements for a belt sander. If you’re still on the fence with your purchase, why not rely on our top picks for your decision?

The Hitachi SB8V2 Belt Sander offers you everything you need in a belt sander. With a powerful motor and durable V-belt, this machine will stand up to the toughest sanding jobs. It’s the ideal machine for home use, and contractors can also use this sander, thanks to its brushless motor and variable speed control.

If you’re a professional carpenter or woodworker, then you need a sander that won’t let down, even on the toughest sanding jobs. This model also features variable speed control, with precision components of the highest quality used in the design and manufacture of this belt sander.

The Genesis GBS321A Belt Sander is our pick for carpenters on a budget. If you’re a professional, then you should invest in the Hitachi or the Makita, as this model won’t stand up to abuse. However, if you need a sander for light work, this machine is a top choice.

James Bourne

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