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  • Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

    Edit; in light of some other threads I have found, I am now looking for a 6 inch random orbit sander instead. Mods remove post if you wish

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    Im in the market for a handheld belt sander. There seems to be a real range out there in terms of price and consumer ratings.

    Any recommendations on good to semi pro quality sanders with good dust collection and or ports for shop vac connections.

    Prefer corded over electric if possible.

    Thanks in advance
    Last edited by ShoestringMariner; 02-02-2019, 10:33 AM. Reason: Going 6 RO
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    Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

    Makita 3/4 x 24 is the industry standard. We had a long thread on this in the past year.
    Rob

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      Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

      Thank you, Ill look for it

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        Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

        If you're after a 6" ROS, the Bosch ROS65VC is very good. Great dust collection & very, very low vibration.

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          Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

          You can pry my 6" mirka ceros out of my cold dead hands...
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            Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

            Originally posted by drzaius View Post
            If you're after a 6" ROS, the Bosch ROS65VC is very good. Great dust collection & very, very low vibration.
            Thanks watching for sale prices on the Bosch and Metabo. If they go on sale

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              Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

              If you want the best my vote is for festool.
              Ya its expensive... but its ducking awesome.
              Way above my Bosch stuff, on par with really good air sanders.

              Nathan
              Last edited by nnieman; 02-04-2019, 09:01 PM.

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                Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                I have two 6- inch Festools and I really like them. I would buy them again.
                Got the first one 12 years ago because I needed better dust management. Can't comment on other makes.
                Their costs now likely make them overkill for occasional users.
                Make sure you can easily attach a vac to whatever you buy.

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                  Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                  Thanks again guys. Im just a novice here and my hobby budget is split between several other expensive hobbies. If this was my sole hobby or if I was a pro Id consider festool, but at this junction it will have to be the best I can find in my budget. ($200-300)

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                    Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                    The Bosch sanders have really good dust collection to hook them up to your shop vac.

                    You can buy a $100 rigid shop vac with a hepa filter to hook the sanders up to.

                    Its in no way going to be the same as a festool or mirkos system but way better then breathing a bunch of fine dust.


                    Nathan
                    Last edited by nnieman; 02-05-2019, 08:02 AM.
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                      Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                      6" Mirka Hooked up to a vac gets tons of use in my small shop. The dewalt, porter cable and makita ROS have been on the shelf since the Mirka was purchased and used for awhile.
                      Maybe a bit out of your price range but worth the investment if you plan on using it for any number of years.
                      Last edited by stotto; 02-05-2019, 09:51 AM.
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                        Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                        You might want to look at the recent Fine Woodworking Shops and Tools issue. They review ROS and the results are surprising. The best value is the Craftsman at Sears costing $55.00. The best overall is Festool RO 125 FEQ at $510. There are a number of other less costly units that compare favourably for the hobbyist at reasonable prices. It is worth noting all perform significantly better with a vac hose attached. The little bag attachments that they come with are useless.
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                          Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                          Dennis where is your Sears store? Sometimes these dam reviews aren't worth the paper. Unless of course you want to cross the border etc. etc.
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                          "Do it Right!"

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                            Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                            Originally posted by Rusty View Post
                            Dennis where is your Sears store? Sometimes these dam reviews aren't worth the paper. Unless of course you want to cross the border etc. etc.
                            Sears store? do they actually exist anymore?

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                              Re: Best belt sanders? Edit; now looking for 6 RO

                              Not in Canada. although I understand some Craftsman stuff can be bought at Lowes.
                              "Do it Right!"

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