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Saw this at the local Habitat Restore store. looks like it could really tear up a surface. Lifted it off the shelf and probably weighs close to 5 pounds.
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I have bench mounted belt sanders that I use frequently. I also have a Makita 4 X 23" belt sander, and the last time that I used it was maybe 4 years ago. In 15 years I think I have only used it about 4 times, so I think if it disappeared, I would likely not miss it for a very long while. It's not good for flattening a wood panel. Drum sanders and random orbit sanders do that much better.

That sander in the picture looks to be over 50 years old, and from my experience, it may have very few running hours on it But do you really have a good use for a hand held belt sander? I sure haven't found a good use for mine. Maybe you could clean up this antique and start your own woodworking tools museum.

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But do you really have a good use for a hand held belt sander?
I vote yes. IF you make a stand for it, otherwise you are likely not to use it much. This is one type of stand, a bit fancier/complex than I would go for, but there are plenty of plans/ideas for stands for them.
https://www.instructables.com/id/Belt-Sander-Stand/

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The last time my old belt sander was used I loaned it to a friend to strip paint off his deck. It worked and he is still a friend. ��

Otherwise mine sits on the shelf as well.
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Boat anchor? No, too light. Scrap steel and a little copper. Guess I don't think much of a hand held belt sander either. In my case I think it deserves another name: The gouge machine.
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I like that old stuff, Jon... all metal not plastic.

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One man's anchor is another man's sail!

I've several, but my go to is the smallish PC 14". Easy to handle, plenty of power for what it is. A couple of winding sticks and 40 grit paper can make pretty quick work of a twisted board. I've got a 21" craftsman that works great for sculpting wood. At least thats what I call it
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I’ve had a Craftsman belt sander for 40+ years.... Maybe used it 15-20 times.....
BUT, it was there when nothing else fit the job..... Worth the $30+ I paid for it ....
Wonder if they still have belt sander races ....
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