Issues with the miter table and instructions prevented me from giving this sander a higher rating. Table is held by one pivot point and one knob. Location of knob makes it hard to tighten and pivot point does not have a tight fit, thus the table can move with some pressure. Instructions are booklet size and photos are dark and low contrast. Looks like a copy. Had to contact Rockwell to have their customer service e-mail me a full size copy. Unit is in my cold garage and some of the labels are already coming off. On the good side, the 4" belt was easy to center. Has sufficient power to do most jobs. Miter gauge has a slight wobble (1-2 degrees) but still works well. Fits nicely on my workbench.
I mounted the sander on a 2' x 2' square table. i have used the sander to make a toy tractor and a peg game and it worked well. I plan to use it to make bigger projects as time permits. It worked very well. It was easy to assemble and mount and I am well satisfied with its performance. I will use it often.
Pros: All In One, Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Powerful, Sturdy
I recently got the sander. I had no problem setting it up and learning the controls. While I have not had the opportunity to use it a lot it did the job intended.
From looking at the unit it looks like the table can also be attached to the belt so the miter table can be used for belt sanding. There seems to be a hole for the mounting peg and the knob on the belt table. When I tried to put the miter table in that position the hole was tight. I did not have time yet to explorer if it actually works in that position. The miter table in the belt bed is not mentioned in the manual.
The sander itself works great and does just what I need. Two negatives: (1) The miter gauge is very cheap plastic; it works OK for a sander but I would prefer something beefier. (2) The instructions are barely adequate, illustrated by two pages of very small, dark, muddled photos.