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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dk5z Hard Working Sander
Used to sand a 1000 sq. ft. deck. 18 inch belts sometimes slide off and it doesn't do the best job capturing the sawdust, but it does the job. I've been very impressed at how much it can do for the price. I ended up just opening the dust catcher because after the first bagful it didn't capture any. It locks on, which relieves stresses. It does get hot over time. The cord can get in the way- I'm sure that is in part true for all sanders, but over 1000 sq ft I only sucked it up 2 or 3 times and it was easy to get out and did not cause major damage (minor damage, for sure, but no exposed wires).
October 11, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by chilledmac Great purchase for the money!
This thing rolls like no ones business.
I've used off and on for over a year until recently.
I purchased some old oak fencing that was painted white. The boards have seen better days. I'm cutting up the boards to turn into herb boxes and wanted to sand them down to be painted. This sander cranked on like no tomorrow. Never missed a beat, never heated up, just keep on ripping off the paint.
I used the diablo belts, I believe 50 grit. Those are great also! Used only one for dozens of boards.
This sander, though not commercial, worked wonderfully and I would not hesitate to buy it again.
May 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SoSueMe Sands like a heavyweight....
This Ryobi sander is a great deal lighter and slightly smaller than my old Makita belt sander that it replaces. I always depended on the weight and size of the Makita to "shoulder the burden", so to speak. You'll need to lean into the work with the Ryobi, but it accomplishes the job. The motor doesn't stall under a heavy load and judging by the amount of dust collected in the dust bag, it really removes the stock.
I'm not thrilled with the belt tracking, as it changes under a load. You can adjust it while holding the sander in mid-air and it tracks nice and straight....until you actually sand something...then you need to adjust it again.
No, it doesn't have all the features, size and weight of the "high priced spread" but at under fifty bucks who's complaining.
October 19, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ghames Good motor But!
Very good price good motor but the adjustment laver for the bilt changer is cheap, plastic and breakable. It was broken after 3 uses
October 18, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Mainage34 Nice little machine
This belt sander really helped strip the paint off of some boards I needed to sand down. Only problem is with the belt, it likes to edge off the machine. Plus, there is some build up you have to scrape off the front wheel every 10 minutes. I would buy it again though.
October 9, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by charlie Belt Sander
I have 3 Ryobi products and all are excellent. The belt sander is light and durable and the belt is super easy to change. I love it.
October 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by drdenis very nice inexpensive belt sander
This sander is a marked improvement on my previous entry level sander. I have used it, and am quite happy with it.
October 12, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Nice belt sander
This belt sander is great for the weekend woodworker. Easy to handle and with different belts, it is all you need.
October 18, 2016