This is a pretty good sander, aimed at DIY use. It only costs around $155, which is pretty good for a belt sander for smallish jobs and/or occasional use. It is probably unfair to compare with a bigger, more powerful sander, aimed at tradie, professional use.
I have used it for plenty of big and small jobs and it works well. Just make sure you have the right grit sandpaper for the job, and let the sander do the work. Don't push down too hard and if you see the paper sliding off to one side just back off the pressure a little. Be a little pat...ient and it will get the job done well. Beware pushing down or applying too much pressure, you can take off too much very quickly. One thing I really like is that the top has 2 screw holes. Screw a board onto the top, tip it over, clamp the board to your bench and you have a small linisher. I use it in this position to sharpen mower blades, old chisels, knives etc. Does an awesome job. It hooks up to my shopvac, and very little dust is released into the air. Much better than the dust collector it comes with. Belts are readily available, and reasonably priced, especially on Ebay. Great for DIY usage. If you plan on using regularly, invest in a Bosch Blue, or similar. Would buy another, it has never let me down.
Broken in 15 minutes
I purchased this sander from Masters thinking I was going to sand my small 2 x 4 metre hard wood deck and have it done in half an hour. 15 minutes into it I found it under powered and when I put my weight on it the belt stopped and the wheels kept turning, then belt soon buckled and was caught in the drive wheel, so much so, it bent the drive shaft. I used a friends Makita previously to this job and this machine was a beast. The Bosch machine is for very light work, and I'm unsure if I rated it correctly considering I am comparing it to prof...essional grade equipment. The good news about buying from Masters is that they took it back and I purchase a Hitachi. The Hitachi is a true work horse, yes it was double the price but more than double the machine. My advise for anyone considering the Bosch, be aware that their machines are for light duty only and getting any assistance from Bosch Australia is difficult. If you do buy it, go to Masters, as they have the power to deal with Bosch.
It's a Bosch!
I decided to buy this sander because it was on special and belts were a standard size, so readily available. I have used it on a number of sanding jobs and it certainly works but does have limitations with regard to where you can use it - large flat surfaces best. Belt changing is easy and alignment is one adjusting screw. The capacity of the dust catcher is limited but easy enough to empty and there is a facility to fit a bracket so you can use it upside down in a vice for sanding small objects, very useful as it makes it more versatile.
This is a good sander for the odd job in woodworking but not suited to larger applications where a much bigger belt would be desirable.
This is a very easy to use sander with a relatively good dust filter. One of the smaller belt sanders around but still capable of taking on some serious work.
Comfortable grips and easy to operate trigger with a lock in function to allow for a relaxed operation.
The belt can slide a little if too much pressure is used and it can be a touch on the noisy side.
The dust collector can clog up easily and needs to be cleaned often.
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Questions & Answers
the sanding material is not entering the rear filter seems to be a blockage in the machine itself
Hi Peter, all sanders, not just this one, are renowned for having very poor dust collection. Mostly, the filter cartridges are very inefficient. The one exception is the festool random orbital sander (not sure if they have a belt sander), but these cost a bomb. I hook my Bosch belt sander up to a shop vac when using indoors. This works very well, but it does require a hose clip or something to keep the hose on the sander. Remember to use a dust mask, fine sawdust is really bad for your lungs. Cheers.
Sander PBS 75 A . Not enough tension , belt slips. Is there sn adjustment.
Hi John, there is no adjustment to the belt tension that I am aware of. Make sure you have the right size belt. It should be a tight fit getting it on, and then when the red lever is depressed, it should really tighten up. I have never had an issue with slipping and have used mine for at least 5 years now. There is a screw on the side that adjusts the tracking. The belt can move from side to side, and this screw can re-centre the belt. I have noticed that if you push too hard, it can cause the belt to move left or right. Just back off the pressure and let the tool do its job. You don't really need to push down at all.
Same issue belt sops off all the time making the job unworkable. Crap tool. Suggestions for a better tool?
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|Category||Belt Sanders||Belt Sanders|
|Features||Dust Collection and Trigger Lock|
|Belt Size||76 x 165 mm|
|Belt Speed||350 m/min|
|Colour / Finish||Green||Green|
|Release date||Nov 2007|
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