Best Belt Sanders in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 16, 2017
Renovating your furniture implies sanding wood, plastic and other surfaces at different angles. This process may be hard and time consuming. Belt sanders are power tools designed to significantly facilitate the process. In our review we examined the 5 best belt sander models available for purchase. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Motor Current Capacity
Sandpaper Size
Sandpaper Feed Speed
Special Features
Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

Quick access to the brushes and drive belt allows easy and fast maintenance of the device.

CONS

Has a big weight.

OUR VERDICT

This model is one of the best belt sanders in its class, which provides excellent performance due to the powerful built-in motor and wide sanding belt. Collectively, these features ensure a high-quality and fast processing of large work pieces.

detailed parameters
Motor Current Capacity

1010W

Sandpaper Size

100 x 610 mm

Sandpaper Feed Speed

210-440 m/min

Special Features

Variable speed control, High capacity of stock removal, Flat top for inverted applications, Dust bag, Long cable for sanding runs

Weight

4.7 kg

Warranty

3-year

PROS

Owing to the implementation of Low Vibration system, the belt sander housing will be firmly stabilized to remove strain from your wrists.

CONS

The handle prevents you from sanding areas near work piece corners.

OUR VERDICT

The product will suit best those who want to have a tool that can be used not only as a handheld sander but as a table belt sander. Thus this belt sanding machine enables you to sand effectively not only large parts but also small wooden, plastic and metal parts and elements, which often comes in handy for homemakers.

detailed parameters
Motor Current Capacity

710W

Sandpaper Size

75 x 533 mm

Sandpaper Feed Speed

350 m/min

Special Features

Powerful and rugged belt sander, Perfect handling,Robust housing, Automatic belt system, Sanding belt tensioning system, Bosch microfilter system, Low Vibration

Weight

3.4 kg

Warranty

2-year

PROS

The high belt feed rate and ability to adjust it manually provide you with a power tool that has very high flexibility and performance characteristics.

CONS

Is not effective for sanding large areas.

OUR VERDICT

After our experience with this belt sander, we can easily recommend the Powerfile to those frequently processing wood, metal or plastic details. As finishing workpieces and parts with complex geometry requires smoothing all surfaces, gaps and hard-to-reach places, the Powerfile model by Black and Decker proves itself worthy.

detailed parameters
Motor Current Capacity

350W

Sandpaper Size

13 x 451 mm

Sandpaper Feed Speed

900-1600 m/min

Special Features

Cyclonic action dust canister, Narrow arm, Variable speed, Ideal for sanding, shaping, filing, sharpening and rust removal applications

Weight

1.6 kg

Warranty

2-year

PROS

Has a small size, ergonomic design, and small weight, which collectively enables a single-handed operation of the tool and eliminates a strain in your wrist.

CONS

Not suitable for sanding metal structures and parts.

OUR VERDICT

The power-saving electric motor and small sanding belt of this model make it a good choice for performing seldom or small operations with materials subject to abrasive processing. The Evolution Mini is also a good power tool for beginning carpenters or DIY fans.

detailed parameters
Motor Current Capacity

280W

Sandpaper Size

40 x 303 mm

Sandpaper Feed Speed

380 m/min

Special Features

Designed to fit neatly in the palm, Soft-grip area for enhanced user comfort, Adjustable belt tracking, Dust sealed bearings and components, Supplied with a dust bag, Compact dimensions mean it will easily fit in a toolbox

Weight

1.34 kg

Warranty

2-year

PROS

The cone-shaped design of the belt driving mechanism allows close approaching of workpiece corners during sanding.

CONS

Does not support belt position adjustment.

OUR VERDICT

This tool is definitely a no-brainer for those wishing to use a powerful belt sander with a moderate belt speed to finish soft materials accurately without ruining them.

detailed parameters
Motor Current Capacity

720W

Sandpaper Size

75 x 457 mm

Sandpaper Feed Speed

206 m/min

Special Features

Automatic belt tracking, Lever action belt change mechanism, Angled belt design, Dust extraction bag, Ideal for sanding floor boards, decking and other large surfaces

Weight

2.5 kg

Warranty

2-year

What is a Belt Sander

We would like to advise all those who do carpentry and timber work to pay their attention to belt sanders. This device is one of the power tools that suit very well for the peeling and primary sanding of timber, plastic, metal surfaces and paint removal by grinding. A belt sander is a tool that consists of an electric motor that spins a pair of parallel drums, on which a continuous loop of sandpaper is mounted. Such design allows achieving a high sandpaper moving force and machining a wide range of surfaces, even the roughest ones.

Furthermore, if you are keen on the woodworking, you should pay attention to jig saws, which will be of great use for a shape cutting or a simple wood cutting.

What Features to Compare

When choosing this power tool it is crucial to keep in mind the sphere of a belt sander application and the types of work you are planning to perform with this sander. It is the type of application and tasks to be performed that governs the choice of belt sander features and parameters.

We consider the electromotor capacity and sandpaper feeding rate (usually measured in surface feet per minute) the first parameters you should pay attention to as they directly influence the Performance of a sander. Thus, a high motor capacity paired with a high speed of grit paper belt allows achieving high overall performance. On the other hand, a high performance or power not necessarily implies a wide range of applications. In such a case a belt sander equipped with a belt speed control, which enables you to machine surfaces that are sensible to overheat or to perform a high-precision sanding of small parts, becomes a versatile tool.

The second consideration point is the Type of a belt sander. In terms of general design and mounting the belt sanders are divided into stationary and handheld. Stationary belt sanders are massive power tools, which usually have very sturdy and robust metal casings. Such sanders fit best for machining small parts of any material or for shaping wooden or metal articles. Stationary belt sanders can also be used as grinding wheels for grinding various tools. However handheld belt sanders are more popular and versatile sanding devices, they are more lightweight and are smaller, which enables them to sand and polish different difficult to access surfaces, including the vertical ones. As a rule, portable belt sanders have electric motors that are powerful enough for removing coats of paint, and sanding rough surfaces of a wide range of materials.

The last but not the least if not the most important thing to consider when deciding on a specific belt sander model is the Convenience of use. A small weight and dimensions, ergonomic design, availability of triggers and auxiliary handles allow you to operate a sander for a long time without overstressing your body or getting tired. For example, a dust collecting bag can greatly help keeping your workplace clean and protecting the sander motor from getting clogged with dust and small debris. While the availability of a trend or a miter gauge will make it possible to sand workpiece edges getting more even bevels. Another feature that contributes to the convenience of use of a belt sander is a user’s ability to quickly and easily replace the belt. Most of the modern belt sanders have locks that are on either side of the case, which unlocking results in loosening the grit paper belt and making it simple to replace without any tools. This solution helps you save your time and efforts.

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Makita 9404/2

The Power and High Performance at Your Disposal

As Makita is a well-known power tools and petrol-powered tools vendor it is no surprise the sander by this company is included in the review. The 9404 belt sander model is equipped with a powerful 1010W motor, which maintains the feed rate of the sand belt at an impressive 440 metres per minute. Of course, the belt speed is user-adjustable, so you can choose from 5 speed positions depending on the material you work with. You can use a 100 mm-wide sanding belt of 610 mm length for sanding your workpieces with this Makita belt sander. And the manufacturer decided to include one of these belts in the supply package. In general, such parameters allow using the 9402 hand-held belt sander not only by amateurs but also by professionals. However, handling the sander does not require any specific skills as almost anyone can replace the belt with operating only one lever, all you need to keep attention to is the belt feed direction. Another convenience feature is the adjustment of the belt position relative to one of the sander ends using the dedicated knob, which helps achieve high quality of angle sanding. This portable belt sander has a casing made of structurally strong plastics and furnished with two handles to ensure a tighter and more convenient grip. Among the convenience features offered by modern belt sanders is the system of dust and chips collection using a dedicated bag. This belt sander is among these modern models the only difference being you can attach not only the bundled dust bag but also a vacuum cleaner to the sander to increase its performance. At the end of the review part dedicated to the Makita 9404 belt sander, we would like to highlight the simplicity of sander maintenance owing to the ease of brushes and belt replacement and an easy access to these parts.

This belt sander is definitely one of the top performers in its class not least due to its powerful electric motor and wide sanding belt. These features secure the sander leading position in sanding and finishing big workpieces.

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Makita 9404/2
 

Bosch PBS 75 A

Two at the Price of One

The Bosch is another company, which products are frequently seen in power tool reviews and which 130 years of experience contributes greatly to the high quality of its products. We've picked the PBS 75 A model. This belt sander incorporates a 710 W-electric motor, which is capable of maintaining the feed rate of 350 metres per minute for the belt. Though the device offers no adjustment of belt speed you can manually control the sanding intensity by moving this belt sander faster or slower along a workpiece. However, there is another application scenario for this sander. This scenario implies using a separate bench, on which you can install the sander and thus process small parts or even sharpen knives. As safety measures are welcome, especially when working with power tools, we fancied an automatic safety device that ensures the right position of the belt. The device performs it by making the rollers feed the belt forward with a slight shift to the side opposite of the one from which the belt was slipped on. In addition, you can shift the belt central axis to either side by turning the adjustment screw with a screwdriver. To maintain reliable protection of your eyes and respiratory tracts the Bosch manufacturer opted for a special dust container with a filter instead of a conventional bag. This design allows gathering all the dust and removed material in the container the cleaning of which requires mere purging of the filter with air and brushing the inner part of the container.

To sum it up, for all the customers wishing to use this belt sander not only in a handheld mode but as a stationary sander as well this model is the optimum. Thus this dual-purpose design enables you to finish not only bulky workpieces, but also small elements and parts made of wood, plastic, and metal, which any homemaker will find useful.

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Bosch PBS 75 A
 

BLACK+DECKER KA900E Powerfile

Will Get Through Where Competitors Can’t

As the practice shows in many cases belt sanders are not bulky and heavy power tools, which can be verified by using the next model in our review. The Powerfile belt sander by the Black and Decker manufacturer differs from the vast majority of such devices in design and appearance, which makes it look more like an electrically driven knife. The reason for the manufacturer designing the product in such a way is that the belt sander is intended for performing small and precise operations. With this small belt sander you can, among other things, sand surfaces in narrow workpiece apertures and gaps, finish various patterns and figures in wooden or metallic structures and elements – generally speaking, you can sand all the places inaccessible for a standard belt sander. The electric heart that beats inside this tool is very powerful for such a baby and can run the belt at tremendous 1600 metres per minute. The device is convenient for its adjustable belt speed, which can be manually set to 900 metres per minute for plastic sanding or removing an old paint layer while finishing wooden parts and structures can be done at the maximum belt speed. With that, you can adjust the position of the belt itself by rotating a special knob. The manual belt positioning allows for more precise angular finishing. The Powerfile by the Black and Decker collects all the dust and material left from stock removal into a special container equipped with a filter, which only requires emptying and brushing to use it again. The supply package of Powerfile belt sander contains the filter and three sanding belts, which makes the sander ready for work out-of-the-box.

We think it’s safe to recommend this sander to all craftsmen and workers who do woodworking, metal working or plastic processing on a regular basis. Try the Black and Decker Powerlife for yourself and you will see why it is so good for workpiece finishing, gaps and bezels smoothing and finishing other hard-to-reach places.

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Evolution Mini 230V

Worth Trying

The next belt sander model by the Evolution vendor continues the trend of compact belt sanders. This compact power tool uses a 280W electric motor capable of rolling the belt at 380 metres per minute. This belt speed is enough to remove protruding material and smooth surface imperfections on soft materials, such as wood and plastic. Not only this portable belt sander is made compact, it is also lightweight with a 1.4 kg weight to enable a comfortable single-handed operation of the sander. However, the compactness and small weight do not prevent the device to offer as many features as its bigger peers. For example, the Evolution belt sander has an attachable dust bag to keep the air and environment around you free of dust. The designers have not forgotten about the belt position adjustment using a special control to make sanding near workpiece edges possible. For the bearings and other moving critical components of this power tool model, the vendor also ensured dust protection, which will contribute greatly to the prolongation of the product operating life. This compact handheld belt sander comes with three belts with a different abrasive grit for sanding various materials and a branded dust bag.

Speaking of the application of this sander model, we suggest using it for not very labour-intensive works on wood, plastic or other soft materials subject to processing with an abrasive material. Therefore, the sander can become a splendid assistant for amateur carpenters or people who like to implement DIY (do it yourself) designs.

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Evolution Mini 230V
 

BLACK+DECKER KA86

No Need to Hurry

The high-quality product by the American Black and Decker company that we included in our review is the KA86. This belt sander model has a powerful electric motor that can maintain the 206 meters per minute belt speed. This fixed maximum speed is convenient for preventing spoiling workpieces made of specific materials, which can be the case when using more high-speed belt sanders with no belt speed adjustment. The belt itself measures 75 x 457 mm, which will suffice for finishing rather wide areas. Just like the vast majority of modern belt sanders, this one is furnished with a dust collection system, which contrary to analogous systems with a plastic container uses a zippered tight tissue bag for collecting dust. After you finished your work with the belt sander, in most cases you just need to shake out the bag, though time after time it may require washing. With its detailed approach to the design, Black and Decker team have equipped the tool with two convenient handles the furthermost of which ensures a firm grip and reliable manual operation of the sander. Another useful feature the detailed design brings is locking of the start button in a pushed position with a smaller push-button that gives you more freedom in performing time-consuming sanding operations. At the end of our review of this belt sander, we would point out the automatic belt tracking system that keeps the belt in place even at high feed rates.

All in all, this rigid belt sander is a marvellous choice for those wanting to have a powerful yet reliable and safe belt sander with a moderate belt speed to finish soft materials safely.

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