Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 8
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by b4ucuhear good for most people
It seems Dewalt has fixed some of the flaws in their previous belt sanders. (A lot of them were burning out). It is a well designed machine and as stated by others has lots of power. I bought the sanding frame attachment and so far have not been very impressed with it - not very even/accurate. For most homeowners this would be fine. If you plan to do some heavy duty sanding though, get one of the professional Bosch sanders (some of them can be ordered with a sanding frame too); but be prepared to hand over your wallet.
I also like that this sander can flush sand on the side (some don't) which can be useful when sanding floors etc.
January 24, 2008
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by rabblerouser Not for everyone
This is a very good sander for the hobbyist or anyone that enjoys working with wood, but not for the contractor.
These are the reason why I don't think this is a good sander for a contractor:
1) The trigger and motor tend to get clogged with dust and stop working. They require cleaning. Cleaning takes time.
2) It seems to kill belts faster than a makita or bosch.
However, if you don't mind doing the maintenance, this is an excellent machine. It's very bottom-heavy and stays planted. It has ALOT of power. Probably the most powerful belt sander I have ever used. The platten is dead flat. Dust collection is better than average, but there is no such thing as a dustless belt sander.
January 1, 2007
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by flyhard good tool
I have owned this tool for a couple of years and do not have the problems many of the other people have had. I have no complaints for this tool.
July 2, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by COkid powerful tool
A very strong and durable sander. A good choice for heavy material removal. The forward handle allows great control against the machine's torque. On the down side, the front handle and cord placement don't allow the tool to be turned over and used as a bench sander.
August 26, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by mclark4454 I see why this sander is discontinued
I had one of these Sanders 5 or 6 yrs ago. During the first heavy use the motor burned up. Problem was poor dust exhaust which collected on rear drum creating high load on motor. Unless of course you continually stop, remove belt and clean dust off drum.
August 10, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jonathan Burned up on first real use
I have this sander. Like another reviewer, mine bunt up on the first heavy use. Don't waste your money on this model.
September 13, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by alpine it stinks
sander does not work, unit stinks don't buy one
hardly used before it died.
didn't even use it 5 times before the motor burned up!!!!!
September 21, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sexiestmanalive Dewalt, Not The Best, But You Could Do Worse.
In the category of 3x21 variable speed belt sanders there really isn't that much competition.
You can go with Porter Cable (an excellent sander, good control, light and manouverable but there are NO accessories), Hitachi (which is actually two speed not variable and to be honest they make better T.V.'s than tools), Bosch (their 4x24 VS is fantastic, but their 3x21, though well balanced, just doesn't feel very heavy duty), Ridgid (don't even bother with this one, dust collection is good but that's the only thing going for it, it's just not comfortable to use and accessories are limited), and Makita (light, easy to control, excellent dust collection, probably the best of the bunch though its priced as such, and no one seems to have it in stock), And the Dewalt.
After using and comparing all of the above belt sanders I decided to go with either the Makita or Dewalt. I saw the Dewalt on sale with the stand and frame (from a competitor for less than H.D.)
If it didn't cost less than the Makita with all the accessories, I'd have probably gone with the Makita, but since it was a sale price, and had all the accessories for less than the Makita alone, I went with it.
The Dewalt is Heavy, 12 pounds I think, versus 8 for most of the others. Dust collection is pretty much non-existent. It does suck up SOME dust but you'll find a trail behind the sander at least twice the size what ends up in the bag. It does eat the wood though. It gets rid of wood faster than anything else you could buy (except maybe the Makita but no one has it in stock) And the accesories are excellent, it's got everything you could need.
To be honest I'm not unhappy with it. I'd recommend it for several reasons, It handles nicely (Though you arm will get tired handling this heavy beast). Powerwise its pretty incredible, you could probably climb on and ride it like a clown car without it slowing down. It does get HOT! so you've got to wear gloves (touching any of the metal bits WILL make you sorry if you're not wearing them). The sanding frame is easy to attach (Every belt sander should come with a sanding frame). It's comfortable to use for long periods (after you build up your biceps, of course). The dust collection is a JOKE though, so wear a mask and only work in a well ventilated area. Despite it being well balanced and designed you'd think that dewalt would've gotten rid of that nasty design flaw all belt sanders have of leaning slightly to the left.
All in all the Dewalt and Makita are the only 2 belt sanders worth considering in this category, so buy whichever is cheaper,
You won't be disappointed by either, just avoid the rest or you WILL be.
March 19, 2007