Belt sanders make it possible to sand wood and other materials quickly and evenly. Sanding by hand is useful for small projects and for a very fine finish. However, for larger projects and manufacturing, belt sanders are used for a more efficient and standardized result. Belt sanders are available commercially in hardwood stores and online for do-it-yourself, construction and industrial projects.
Belt sanders are electric tools that move a loop of sandpaper seamlessly, allowing the surface to be sanded evenly. They are useful for refinishing wood, as they can clean off the previous finish or any unwanted material quickly. Belt sanders can be operated by hand and moved across the surface, or can be stationary and the surface moved through the sander. There are small belt sanders for basic use and large ones for manufacturing and industrial purposes. Many carpenters attach their belt sander to their work bench to be able to move the wood quickly through it.
In general, belt sanders are use for an initial sanding, as they are very effective at smoothing surfaces. However, if they are fitted with finer sand paper and handled carefully, they can also leave a clean final finish. The process of sanding also results in a lot of sawdust, so it is necessary to either equip your belt sander with a bag to collect the dust or have a vacuuming system nearby that can clean it up. For the safety of the worker and work site, it is important to have measures in place to remove the sawdust.
When looking for belt sanders for purchase, you have a range of options. In general, belt sanders by the major manufacturers are good quality and will serve whatever project. It is a good idea to check consumer reviews online to find out specifics about the available belt sanders to make sure you are buying the right product for your needs. The more educated you are about your purchase the more satisfied you will be with your sander.
It is also a good idea to look check warranties on belt sanders. You may find that you are not satisfied with your sander or that you did not purchase the right one for your project. If you buy one with a 30 day exchange, you can easily replace it at the store you bought it at or send it back to the online supplier. You may, however, have to pay for either a restocking fee or the shipping and handling of your return.