Out of all the sanders I have I use the benchtop most of all, I have two Deltas set up not because I need two, it's because I nail one and then I order a belt and repair one,,, some stock sliped out of hand and jamed and took out the belt
,,, now I one setup of the horz. and one setup on the vert. I think I use the benchtop 90% of the time over the hand type I have many hand sanders most are the hook type pads...
The best hand sander was/is my Delta I took out/wipe out the speed control then and had to rewire it ,now it runs at full speed all the time
but still my best one, it just feels right in my hand... I have many Grizzly sanders and most I would rate at so so sanders...the same for B & D, Robroy stuff
The one I don't use most of the time is my hand Belt sander, it's a fast way to remove stock but it's also a good way to nail a nice job..
I should Note,,,the Deltas have a hard time with the round disk pad,that's to say it only has one set screw (small set screw) to hold the disk in place and it's always needs to be tighten, they come with a extra long allen hex key and it's real pain to crank it down...it takes a flash light and about 5 mins. just to find the set screw in that dark hole
I have a Snap-On light on the end of a 14" long tube and that's the only one that I can use to find that dam set screw....and yes it's true on both Deltas sanders I have...
Before I had the Delta I had a Grizzly and they are made about the same way with that dumb set screw error..
Good Luck with your quest...
Originally Posted by Drugstore Cowboy
Question was prompted by a comment in a reply to reiki -- but question is a different tangent so started a different thread.
Reiki's question was ROS vs Pad and someone brought up benchtop belt sanders.
I've thought about buying one of those from time to time -- but have always just turned my belt sander upside down to achieve much the same goal.
Belt sander has recently died ----- so I'm faced with a spending decision -
Do I replace it with another hand held? or do I go ahead and get one of those benchtop combos with the belt and the disk?
If you had to choose 1???? all opinions welcome.
I have an ROS and a quarter sheet pad.