You might enjoy sanding, or you might find it tedious or disappointing, but the point is, you cannot skip sanding.
Thanks to technology, sanding is not as disappointing as it used to be. With effective engineering solutions, a lot of problems have come to rest. This is made possible with a number of power tools, working in sync.
Now, when it comes to buying the best belt sander machine, you need to be familiar with quite a few things, especially if you are doing this for the first time. The market today presents a lot of options and each machine has its own unique selling proposition. Honestly, there is no best sander machine. You need to look for what is best for your area of work.
What is the best sander belt machine?
Remember, there is no one size that fits all. Many craftsmen ask this question, and for a fact, every person gets a different answer, because their needs are different.
You need to look for the sander machine which is right for you. We mentioned that you need to look at factors like size, speed, handles, and shapes. Compare the factors along with your need for the project and budget. Along with all of this, online reviews by Ahsaws that have detailed comparisons of two models always help.
There are people who have already gone through what you are going through right now, and by reading reviews, you can learn what they did right or wrong. It helps you in making the right purchase because there are some things that can only be learned about a machine after operating it.
Below, we have rounded 4 tips that may help you while making the purchase
1. Considering the weight and power
Most people do not require a machine producing record-breaking power to complete their jobs. So, if you are one of these people, power is not your top priority. Models range between 6 to 10 amperes, or over, but since power is not your top priority, you can easily go for it considering it is comparatively cheap
About the weight, your choice will be influenced by factors like how many projects you need to do and what is their nature or type. The weight of the machine decides how easy it is on your arms. For instance, a 10 pound or less machine is quite light, but the weight can increase to 12 or 15 pounds too.
2. The size and shape
Things are quite easier when it comes to deciding the shape and size than the weight and power. Because most sanders are only categorized into two sizes, 4*24 and 3*21. Between the two of them, the 3*21 proves to be a better combination of speed, balance, and power. But do your research and buy the most suitable one for your needs.
3. The speed
Like most things in life, if you want the better one, you will have to pay for it. When it comes to speed, going for the variable speed sander is always the wiser choice, as it comes with the possibility of more projects in the future. But as I said, you will have to invest additional money to get your hands on them.
4. The handle and overall comfort of the sander
I am sure you are questioning why you need to look at comfort for a machine. Honestly, you will be using the sander for several years, and if you don’t want it to be tiresome, even a very subjective aspect like comfort must be considered.
This is why the style and size of the handle are of extreme importance, as they decide the comfort aspect of the machine. I always recommend people to physically see and get a test-run with the sander machine, before finally making the purchase. This will give them real-time insight into the ROI of the investment.
When it comes to comfort, since there is no size that fits all, everyone prefers a different style. Alongside all of this, making sure that something as basic as the handles are adequately spaced should help you make the right purchase.
Now that we have spoken on what all to consider and what all might help before making the purchase, what’s the wait worth?