For people who fancy DIY tasks, having a belt sander is essential. Manual sanding can be tedious and exhausting, not to mention risky and makes you prone to injures. These belt sanders are designed to smoothen and shape up wood and metal surface at an incredible rate of speed.
There is a vast array of belt sanders to choose from, with varying prices and features, that choosing the right one for your workshop studio becomes quite daunting. To help you make the right decision when it comes to getting a belt sander, we have listed down key features you might need to consider on your new sander based on our review of different brands and products.
- Variable speed setting
It’s important for a belt sander to have enough power to smoothen down even the roughest surfaces at the shortest time possible. However, if there’s no way for the user to dial back on power and speed will limit the sander’s flexibility of use. Having a variable speed setting, usually in a form of a dial, will make a belt sander versatile to a number of functions and purposes.
- Efficient dust collecting method/feature
One annoying drawbacks of using a powerful belt sander is the dust from the sanding accumulates rapidly. This can create a whole lot of mess on your working area and can possible irritate your eyes, nose and throat. One thing to look at in choosing a belt sander is if it has a dedicated way to collect dust from sanding. This will help tidying up after using the sander and will help prevent other problems that go with excessive dust production during sanding.
- Auto-track system
Sometimes, if a belt sander operates at high speed and power, the belt sometimes gets off track and you have to stop operating the equipment to adjust it back. Frequent adjustment of belt on the track will prolong an otherwise quick task. Having an auto-track system for your belt sander will help keep the belt on track without any adjustment.