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Has anyone else used this HF sander? Has anyone compared it to other brands/models?

I've always wanted a hand held belt sander but always wanted some other tool more. I finally bought the large Harbor Freight sander with a magnesuium housing (HF Belt Sander.

It seems to work fine. Belt tracks nicely, dust collection works really well, and it removes a lot of material quicckly and easily; however, I have nothing to compare it to.

Please post comments about your hand held belt sander, especially if you have more than one model. Thanks.
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Has anyone else used this HF sander? Has anyone compared it to other brands/models?

I've always wanted a hand held belt sander but always wanted some other tool more. I finally bought the large Harbor Freight sander with a magnesuium housing (HF Belt Sander.

It seems to work fine. Belt tracks nicely, dust collection works really well, and it removes a lot of material quicckly and easily; however, I have nothing to compare it to.

Please post comments about your hand held belt sander, especially if you have more than one model. Thanks.
Hi - Well, so long as it makes noise and dust and no smoke, I'd say you are fine.
I have a Hitachi recon and just wish I had sprung the extra couple of bucks for the variable speed but it takes off stock

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I have a craftsman that was given to me a number of years ago, and is a great tool. The machine is heavy and stable enough that I can use it as a stationary sander (upside down on a bench) as well as a hand held sander.
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i have a two porter cable's a 3x21 and a 4x24 . These work very well . Don't do HF stuff . But i guess some things are good.

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I have a protocable. I do a lot of small boxes so I use mine up side down in a handy helper. I do the same with my palm sander.
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Use two Makita's and one is so old I don't quite remember where or when I bought it. The variable speed switch gets quirky now and then but usually because I need to blow the grit and dust out of the machine. I like the easy belt change/tensioning of mine.
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Its a belt sander. It will probably work fine until it stops. then you take it back and get another
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Variable speed? Mine's so old that it's a single speed and was second-hand when I bought it around 1980. It's a Makita 9400 and is still going strong. Over the years it's gone through a number of graphite pads and cork sole covers as well as four or five sets of brushes. One day it'll die, although on present showing it'll outlive me!

To the OP - as long as it tracks and sands what more are you looking for? Belt sanders aren't really fine woodworking tools but they do save a lot of time on heavy work. Just do yourself a favour and attach it to a vacuum cleaner if you can. It makes all the difference to your breathing and the speed at which it will remove stock
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