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Belt Sanders Get Better

The newest models offer improvements in comfort, convenience, and control

When it comes to removing wood quickly, few tools can match the power of a belt sander. Finish carpenter Michael Standish takes a look at the current crop of belt sanders in this tool review. Michael assesses the basic makeup of a 3-in. by 21-in. belt sander, then compares eight models now available. His choice as best overall is a DeWalt model, and his best value is a Ryobi sander. This article includes a chart for quick comparisons in a variety of categories, including price, weight, noise level, and accessories, along with Michael's testing results. The article also includes a sidebar about the potentially explosive hazard of sanding different metals with the same sanding belt.

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