Belt Sander Tests, Results, Reviews and Ratings

 

 

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Below you will see all of the belt sanders we have reviewed and as you can tell there are quite a few on our list! We have personally reviewed as what we consider the top 10 best belt sanders. Please keep in mind our personal reviews only extend within the top 10 products on this list. We don't personally recommend all of the top 10 belt sanders on our list, but we do highly recommend the top 5 belt sanders listed below. Any of the top 5 belt sanders are great as you can see from user reviews as well as our personal review comparing the stats and features. Each month we look for the best deals to provide our users with the lowest prices available on the net. As of Dec. 2014 we have found the best prices to be at amazon.com. The prices for the belt sanders on amazon this month are exceptional and we also highly recommend amazon due to their customer service, speed of shipping and overall ordering experience. We have included links for each of the products below to go directly to each product for your convenience.

Under the product features for each product listed below, pay close attention to the NOTE that we leave for each belt sander. For example, the #1 Belt sander listed below we feel to be the BEST overall belt sander for everyone and at an affordable price. However, take a look at the note we left for the CPT-2750 belt sander below, we feel this is the #1 best belt sander for working on floors due to the heavy-duty design and larger belt sanding surface of 4" x 24". You will also notice other belt sanders such as the SE-318-2, BR1475-S and the ZR-321-R we would rate as the #1 best belt sander for sanding areas where you will be constantly supporting the weight of the sander. Since those 3 models are lightweight, we would recommend those for finishing technical tight areas instead of larger areas where you are supporting the weight of the sander. There is a belt sander for every use, you wouldn't want to be lifting that CPT-2750 for even 10 minutes while sanding the side of something at 18 pounds! Some of our users even purchase more than 1 belt sander since they will be using each one for different tasks. Trust us when we say that weight can go a LONG way. A lightweight belt sander is great for maneuverability, but if you're sanding a large flat open area, you will need to apply more pressure to get the job done faster. A heavy belt sander will take the strain off your arms and do the work for you since you don't have to support the belt sander and you're letting the machine do all the work for you under its own weight, when doing floors or any material that you can lay flat and sand.

We hope you find our site very useful in your search of the best belt sander. If you happen to have particular experience with a model of belt sander listed below, we highly recommend that you leave your personal review to help future consumers in their search of the best belt sander.


Chicago Power Tools CPT-1250 Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $99.95
User Rating:


Product Description:
The sealed ball bearing motor on this belt sander removes stock, strips paint and finishes edges on doors, tabletops and shelves with ease. Even though the belt sander is compact and lightweight, it removes stock at a powerful 1,250 FPM! A quality sander for home and hobbyists that want to strip paint and put finishing touches on wooden....

Our Conclusion of the Chicago Power Tools CPT-1250 Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 4/5
Quality: 4/5
Overall Price: 5/5
Amps: 5 amp – 4/5
Motor sfpm: 1250 sfpm – 5/5
Overall Weight: 8.7 pounds – 4/5
Overall Size: 13-1/8 x 5-3/8 x 5-7/8 inches – 4/5

NOTE: We rated the CPT-1250 as the #1 BEST belt sander due to its overall price and features. This unit is powerful and reliable and held up to every task we could throw at it. You may notice from the image that this machine may look outdated compared to the other belt sanders we tested, but remember that tools are for getting the job done, not for looking pretty and cute. We also found the extra 1 pound of added weight seem like the perfect weight that a belt sander should be. This belt sander is a true workhorse, it reminds us of the old cars from the 70's and 80's that you just can't destroy them if you tried! Even though this belt sander only comes with a 90-day warranty, trust us when we say it will be one of the most RELIABLE tools in your collection. Also, there is a quick release lever to change the belts in 10 seconds or less and the belt tracking is easy to adjust and stays in position.




Black & Decker ZR-321-R 3" x 21" Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $129.95
User Rating:


Product Description:
Featuring an innovative front roller that allows you to reach even the tightest corners with ease and cuts down on the need for flush sanding, this 7.0 Amp sander from Black & Decker is ideal for home improvement enthusiasts. Compact and lightweight, the Black & Decker ZR-321-R boasts a retractable, three-position handle for optimum control and a dust collector to keep your work area clean for improved visibility. When it's time to change the paper....

Our Conclusion of the Black & Decker ZR-321-R Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Price: 4/5
Amps: 7 amp – 4/5
Motor sfpm: 800 sfpm – 5/5
Overall Weight: 8.25 pounds – 4/5

NOTE: This is a GREAT belt sander, you simply cannot beat the adjustability and how lightweight this sander is. Also, with a 2 year warranty we feel this is will be a belt sander thats stays around for a while! This belt sander held up during all the tests we put it through with absolutely no problems. We also found the belt changes to be simple in less than 10 seconds along with a very stable belt tracking system. We have to give credit where credit is due with this belt sander. If you can afford the extra $30 over the CPT-1250, we say to go with this one instead! If you're looking for the best budget belt sander, go for the CPT-1250.





Skil Pro Series BR1475-S 3" x 18" Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $139.99
User Rating:


Product Description:
With 6.0 amps of power, this belt sander sands practically any type of wood surface. The pressure control indicator illuminates when the right amount of pressure is applied for best sanding results. Plus, the belt stays centered on the 3" belt sander with our patented auto track belt....

Our Conclusion of the Skil Pro Series BR1475-S Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 4/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Price: 5/5
Amps: 6 amp – 4/5
Motor sfpm: 1050 sfpm – 5/5
Overall Weight: 7.5 pounds – 5/5

NOTE: This is a newer belt sander from Skil and we must say that the build quality looks to be the highest from all of the belt sanders that we tested. The micro dust filter attachment works GREAT, better than approximately 90% of all other belt sanders we've tested. The best overall feature that we noticed was the belt stayed on track throughout the entire time we used each sanding belt, never needing adjustment. Keep in mind this is a 3" x 18" sander, so you are going to have a smaller sanding area, but we still recommend this as a Top 3 Best Belt sander from our tests. We experienced no issues and would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a lightweight and powerful belt sander. Don't forget about the great dust collection system and patented auto belt tracking feature. This comes with a 1 year warranty also.



#4th Best

Ryobi SE-318-2 3" x 18" Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $139.00
User Rating:


Product Description:
This is a professionally featured 3 In. x 18 In. sander at a great value. The 5.3 amp motor provides power and performance for large surface sanding jobs. Belt maintenance is simple with the belt tension system, which keeps the belt aligned during use, and tension release lever, for quick and easy belt changes. For big jobs, the lock-on trigger makes extended use more comfortable. And you will appreciate the no-mess circular dust....

Our Conclusion of the Ryobi SE-318-2 Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 4/5
Quality: 4/5
Overall Price: 4/5
Amps: 5.3 amp – 4/5
Motor sfpm: 700 sfpm – 4/5
Overall Weight: 6.78 pounds – 5/5

NOTE: Lightweight, Lightweight and more LIGHTWEIGHT! This is the lightest belt sander on the market of ALL belt sanders. If you've used a belt sander before then you know how much an extra 1lb of weight is when you're working on tight or technical spots. With weight aside, we've experienced nothing wrong with this belt sander and it held up great to all of our tests. One of the biggest highlights of this belt sander is the 3 year warranty. If you want the absolute lightest belt sander, look no further this is it!



#5th Best

Chicago Power Tools CPT-2750 Pro Magnesium 4" x 24" Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $229.99
User Rating:


Product Description:
This heavy duty belt sander gives you the sanding power you need but with less user fatigue! The lightweight magnesium gear housing is 75% lighter than steel and 35% lighter than aluminum so you can work longer without hefting a heavy sander. With its ball-bearing mount 10 amp motor, the belt sander aggressively removes material while the large front handle with a nonslip grip makes maneuvering easy and....

Our Conclusion of the Chicago Power Tools CPT-2750 Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 5/5
Quality: 5/5
Overall Price: 2/5
Amps: 10 amp – 5/5
Motor sfpm: 1640 sfpm – 5/5
Overall Weight: 17.42 pounds – 1/5

NOTE: This is THE mothership of ALL belt sanders. This is an absolute MONSTER of a sander. This belt sander made the makita and bosch belt sanders that we tested, feel like toys. If you're doing large flat areas, this belt sander goes as the #1 best belt sander. Not only is this one of the most powerful belt sanders that we've used, but the RPM's are the highest we've ever seen on a belt sander. Remember, this is also a 4" x 24" size, so it will cover some serious surface area FAST. If you notice, chicago power tools actually made this unit from magnesium instead of steel, which really shows their engineering skills. Our thoughts is that the reason they made this from magnesium is because the motor is so large, powerful and heavy that if they made the chassis of the sander from steel, it would be 30 pounds. At 30 pounds this unit would probably cut through your floor like a saw instead of a sander! So then they went the extra mile to get the weight perfect! Once you power the sander up the first time, you know you're working with some serious power. We applied little to no pressure when sanding with this unit and allowing the sander to do all the work for us. The only function that this sander could have better is a larger dust collection bag since it works so fast, you'll be changing it often. We actually recommend using a shop vac attached to the dust collection port with some duct tape/pvc fittings for the best connection possible. With this belt sander and any shop vac connected, this would be along the lines of an industrial style sander. If you need to cover a large area, don't even waste your time with other belt sanders, pick this one up and you'll be smiling each time you use it.


 

#6th Best

Porter-Cable 363 Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $271.68
User Rating:


Product Description:
The Porter-Cable 363 belt Sander features a huge 4 x 24 inch belt, a powerful 12 Amp motor, and an efficient belt-and-gear drive system for accurate power transfer. Remove stock quickly with the 1,500 SFPM belt speed, but don't worry about this sander being too powerful to control--the 360's motor is located over platen to give this sander perfect balance and keep you in control, and the ergonomically-designed handles are comfortable enough for....

Our Conclusion of the Porter Cable 363 Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 3/5
Quality: 2/5
Overall Price: 3/5
Amps: 12 amp – 4/5
Motor sfpm: 1500 sfpm – 5/5
Overall Size: 15.38 x 6.19 x 6.13 inches – 4/5
Overall Weight: 8.2 pounds – 5/5
NOTE: Belts do not last long, fell out of adjustment too quick.

#7th Best

Bosch 1276D 12.5 Amp 4-Inch-by-24-Inch Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $378.75
User Rating:


Product Description:
The Bosch 1276D belt sander features a rugged design especially for production sanding applications. The unit's lightweight magnesium housing offers excellent balance, while the adjustable front handle delivers maximum comfort. The sander's integral dust collection system also helps keep your work areas clean. This sander sands flush to vertical surfaces and accepts a sanding frame and stand for added versatility. Includes dust bag assembly and sanding....

Our Conclusion of the Bosch 1276D Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 3/5
Quality: 3/5
Overall Price: 3/5
Amps: 12.5 amp – 4/5
Motor sfpm: 1550 sfpm – 5/5
Overall Weight: 13.5 pounds – 3/5


#8th Best

Skil 7500 6 Amp 3-Inch by 18-Inch Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $46.99
User Rating:


Product Description:
The SKIL 7500 Belt Sander has a powerful six-amp motor, to help do-it-yourselfers sand their projects faster and better than ever. The exclusive Auto Track belt alignment system ensures the belt will stay centered during use, saving time and preventing damage to the surface. The 7500 is also equipped with a Micro Filter dust canister, which collects dust and fine particles to maintain a clean work area. The tool comes equipped with a vacuum adapter to allow for....

Our Conclusion of the Skil 7500 Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 2/5
Quality: 1/5
Overall Price: 4/5
Amps: 6 amp – 4/5
Overall Size: 14 x 7.2 x 6.7 inches – 5/5
Overall Weight: 8.12 pounds – 5/5
NOTE: Belts seem to shred too often and the life expectancy is only a few months.



#9th Best

Ridgid R2740 Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $99.97
User Rating:


Product Description:
Ridgid R2740 Sander, 3-inch x 18-inch Belt has twin fan high efficiency dust collection while one fan cools the motor, the other collects dust resulting in maximum dust pickup efficiency. Soft Grip handles provide increased comfort and decreased vibration, while the 12-foot all rubber cord with cord wrap provides added durability and convenience. Automatic belt tracking automatically adjusts belt to center of platen for alignment. 6.5 amp motor is belt and....

Our Conclusion of the Ridgid R2740 Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 2/5
Quality: 1/5
Overall Price: 1/5
Amps: 6.5 amp – 2/5
Motor sfpm: 950 sfpm – 3/5
Overall Weight: 10.8 pounds – 4/5
NOTE: When sanding drywall, the motor overheated quickly.



#10th Best

Hitachi SB8V2 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable Speed Belt Sander Reviews and Ratings

Our Rating:
We Paid - $146.05
User Rating:


Product Description:
Hitachi's new SB8V2 3" x 21" Variable Speed Belt Sander provides improved manageability for various applications. The clear cover improves visibility when sanding up against a surface. The SB8V2 is powered by a 9 amp motor and includes a dust collection bag. Includes 3-in x 21-in Variable Speed Belt Sander - SB8V2, Sanding Belt, Dust Bag....

Our Conclusion of the Hitachi SB8V2 Belt Sander -

Adjustability: 1/5
Quality: 1/5
Overall Price: 3/5
Amps: 6.5 amp – 2/5
Motor sfpm: 1180 sfpm – 4/5
Overall Weight: 14.3 pounds – 2/5

Belt Sander Test Results and Overall Conclusion

With so many belt sander reviews under our belts we feel those that constantly supply the user with options are the absolute best. In most instances, amperage does not matter as much as how you can control it. For example, belt sanders that received the highest quality ratings were those with features such as affordable prices, light or heavy belt sanders depending on the job and other miscellaneous features such as auto belt tracking. Another feature that won our praise was the ability to shift their sanding plane in order to give you greater range of use in hard to reach places. It is important we also note that belt sanders featuring cotton catch bags or vacuum systems that can suck away the large amount of saw dust are nice features to have. These systems usually run cleaner as they do not get dust in their working parts or leave it all over your work shop for you to clean up.