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I have been using a Vibrating sander to refinish some cabinets and make some new lumber trim and it seems new lumber has to be sanded good before the stain sets in much. I am wondering if a hand belt sander say 3X18 would be alot quicker as I have alot of refinishing and sanding projects to do??
1.Is it a good tool for this kind of work or does it leave groves easily??
2. Do you go through alot of sandpaper with them as it seems kind of spendy at $2-$2.50 per belt??
3 I am considering the Skil 3 X18 for $49.99 is there better choice in my small budget?
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A belt sander would be quicker to rough out but be aware more projects have been wrecked by belt sanders.
It can leave grooves even when you're careful. It takes lots of practice to get good with one.
I basically use mine when I need to be brutal and remove a lot of surface defects on framing projects. I no longer use on any of finish projects

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Thanks for the reply.
Are you talking me out of spending $ on tools... unheard of ...
I am also considering a craftsman in that range.
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The best use I ever saw for belt sanders was when about six of them, all with long extension cords plugged into a multi outlet and when switched on they raced each other, it was very exciting!

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I almst ruined a dresser top because of gouging. You must be very careful. There are sanding frames you can buy for some sanders that are supposed to solve this problem. I have no experience with them. Dewalt hs one.
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Absolutely not, I use mine all the time, again mostly for brutal work.
However I also clamp it to my radial saw table and use it upside down. There's much more control holding and moving the piece than the sander, but I only do it for small pieces I can easily control.

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Hi Harry

I will 2nd that one,,, I can't think of a quicker way to screw up a project than put a belt sander on it... but then maybe you want the wash board look.

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Belt sanders are handy gadgets for some work. But, not any where close to a good random orbit sander for finish or refinish work. My wife recommends a chemical stripper and a lot of hand sanding. She's the expert at refinishing in my shop.

The belt sander I reach for most often is the Sand Cat.

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Belt sanders, IMHO, are great tools when used for the intended purpose. Like many tools, however, they are often mis-used, and even for the intended purpose, require the development of some usage skills. Absent those skills, using them on large flat surfaces is certainly risky.

I use mine (an old Rockwell 4x24) quite often for edge sanding, particularly with pieces roughed out on the bandsaw. I made the fixture below to keep the edges square. The sander's handles simply rest in the supports, and there's a carriage bolt under the sander to adjust it square to the support table.

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Well-tuned hand planes are better than a belt sander for finishing.

I now use my belt sander mounted upside down for shapening blades only.


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