Rated 3.9 out of 5 by 35
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nonsheep Great Belt Sander & Pressure Control Is Awesome!
Bought this Sander for some home projects that needed doing. This is one very STOUT tool! It performs well & the added Pressure Control is nothing short of Awesome! The Sander came with a nice filter which was easily cleaned after the sanding was done. Another plus is that it isn't heavy or cumbersome to use. I would suggest to always wear Eye Protection as well as Hearing protection. The tool kept me from gouging my work & removed quite a bit of material with the 80 grit belt. The 120 & 240 grits really smoothed it out nicely. I did purchase a belt Cleaning Stick & it maintained the belt very well. I would suggest buying one too!
January 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HomeOwner Worksgreat
We got new carpet and our doors were rubbing. This did a great job taking a little off the bottom of each door.
January 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Troy Good little work horse
I bought the belt sander about 5 months ago. Its true the small filter canister does fill up with debris, but its a no brainer to empty it periodically. This is why the unit overheats if the motor cannot exhaust it will get hot. Other than the filter is a god send I do have to wear a mask when using it.
This is not a unit a contractor would use its meant for doing light duty wood work for the hobbyist. It has more than enough power from the 6amp motor. Best $50 I ever spent.
April 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by duffy Is quiet and smooth
I bought some time ago and am quite pleased with it
June 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dudis Nice
Nice beltsander,I like the features and it works great,I have used it on quite a few door edges and a few other things,the dust collector is great it collects about 90% to 95% of the of the dust and debris from sanding,the first time I used it I did not think that the dust collector collected that much and then I emptied the collector and there was a huge pile of saw dust and only about 5% to 10% of the dust wasn't collected,I was impressed,and when sanding on a no need to use any downward pressure,the weight of the sander creates enough pressure,be sure to have a good hold/grasp of the sander,and the trigger lock works great,very nice and great working product
October 14, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by BuyerBeware22 Some points you need to know as a casual user
As a part-time all-around residential renovator, I typically use three power sanders for my work, a belt sander, a random orbital sander, and a palm sander. I also have an oscillating tool with a rasp and a detail sanding attachment. This is my current belt sander.
Belt sanders are most useful for coarse, heavy sanding over large areas, typically on plywood subfloors and finished floors, very rarely on walls, exterior siding, vertical woodwork, and furniture. This is the smallest variety of belt sander, and I do not use it often.
First things first, this is not contractor-grade quality, and I would not recommend it for someone who uses it often (someone who lays or refinishes floors every day). Belt sanders are heavy-duty tools and contractor-grade sanders are very heavily built. If you need to do a big project (refinishing the floor of a living or dining room, sanding the damaged and repaired plywood subfloor of a large room, sanding a large deck, sanding any sort of mortar or cementitious coating on stone or concrete) and plan on spending a lot of time using this tool, don't use this. However, most people who need a belt sander only need it for small, occasional jobs on wood, and that's what this is great for.
The dust collector fills up very quickly, so its best to use it with a shop vacuum hose attached, or to stop and vacuum out the dust collector frequently. This makes more sense after you use belt sanders a while and learn that you'll always need a shop vacuum by your side on any project that involves belt sanding. You'll also need to wear a respirator or at least a dust mask (please pardon me if you feel that insults your native intelligence, but hey, this might be used for someone's first heavy sanding project).
So with this belt sander, built for the casual user or the hobbyist, unless you're very careful about cleaning out the dust, the tool casing will fill and pack with sawdust. If you use the tool more frequently, you can learn to take it apart and clean that out, but I wouldn't recommend it and it's not made so that's easily done -- the fact that it's even possible on this inexpensive sander is just because it's a Skil/Bosch tool. Just stop ever two or three minutes and quickly vacuum out the dust collector, or work with the vacuum hose attached.
When using a belt sander on a floor or any horizontal surface, put the cord over your shoulder before you start the unit. In almost every imaginable use, the only pressure on the machine should be the weight of the unit. This unit has an elaborate pressure monitoring system to help you with that, but on floor sanding, other reviewers have remarked that it goes to the red light very easily (and this is why). Hold the sander in one hand, steady it with the other. If you've never used a belt sander or seen one used, go to YouTube and watch one or two videos of contractors using them, and you'll easily learn the proper technique.
So the pressure monitor only becomes more useful if you have to use this sander for some sort of complicated vertical sanding. There are very few scenarios when it's best to use a belt sander for this kind of work instead of a palm sander or random-orbital sander. If you have to sand through someone else's mistakes, you might use a belt sander on some sort of wall surface for that, but it's unusual.
All in all, be gentle on this power tool and use it for small, limited jobs, and it will be very good to you. The inexpensive Bosch belts, at the heavier grits belt sanders are typically used at, work very well in this. The controls to keep the belt from shredding work exceptionally well on my tool.
June 21, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cinbare This Surprised Me
To be fair, I probably couldn't give the most accurate review of this, but I will say something about it anyway, since I did use it for a very important job. My door in the house was tight when it closed on the side and top edge of the frame. I sanded from the deadbolt all the way to the top of the door, and over the top edge to the end. I made several passes and checks while closing and opening the door, and after about 7 passes....BA DA BING!!! DONE! I was so happy, my tenant was so happy the door closed beautifully. No gouges, no dust, nothing. Happy landlord, happy tenant. Price was reasonable too. I am a little alarmed about people talking about dust clogging in the filter though. But I didn't work it that much to honestly say anything about that. As a landlord, honestly, the only thing I really see myself using this for....is for sanding door edges so they close properly.
March 5, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Phil Very poor dust collection
This is my second 7510 sander in 2 weeks. You have a nice machine but what good is it if the dust chamber plugs up? There is no access door to clean out the chamber. It worked good for two 2 x 6 x 20 foot boards, then it plugged up. I back blew it out once with 150 pounds of air and it worked poorly for about 5 feet of board, then the plastic dust collector collected no more dust. It was all in the air and on the board. Why don't you fix the dust collection chamber (not the clear plastic container) or give it an access door to clean it out. I'll be returning this unit also. This is not up to Skil's usual standards.
November 11, 2013