What Is A Belt Sander?
A belt sander is a handheld surface sander that you can find in many workshops. This power tool is commonly used by woodworkers, cabinetmakers, carpenters, furniture makers, floor installers, remodelers, and more.
This tool consists of two drums. One drum is located at the front, while the other is located at the rear. The power tool’s motor moves the rear drum, while the front drum rotates freely.
Belt sanders are used to sand large and flat surfaces, such as tables, cabinets, and floors, using special sandpaper called a sanding belt. Unlike your regular flat sandpaper, a sanding belt is glued together to form a circle. Wood is not the only thing it can sand; some models can also sand metal, as well as remove paint and varnish from the surface.
Belt sanders are great for sanding rough surfaces, creating a scribed line, and leveling surfaces. You can also use it to create rounded shapes. Keep in mind, however, that belt sanders are powerful beasts that can rapidly sand away your workpiece. If you want a more subtle tool, then you’re better off using an orbital or vibrating sander.
Installing a sanding belt is quite simple. To install or change a sanding belt, you need to flip the tool’s tension lever outward. Slide the old sanding belt off the sander, and slip a fresh sanding belt into the tool.
Check the arrows printed inside the sanding belt, and make sure to follow that direction when installing a new belt. Align the new belt, and re-tension the tool’s lever.
Check out this video on how to properly replace and align a sanding belt. You can also read this article for more information on sanding belts and how to choose the right one for your project.