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Thread: Small Belt Sander

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Bloomington MN USA

    Small Belt Sander

    Has any one heard any good feed back on Porter Cable #371K 2 1/2 x 14 belt sander? I saw a guy useing one at a tool show last fall. He was not selling them at the time. He used it to sand down some dove tail joints he had just made. It looks to be a nice compack unit. I have a regular heavy duty one used for heavier work. Also a couple of orbital sanders. This one looks like a good addition to my shop. I can get a factory reconditioned one for $79.00 + shipping.
    If you make a mistake it was part of the original plan!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i know of one guy that has one and loves it,, he used it for a large conference table 45FT long and told me i should get one, havnt yet, so let me know your thoughts of it,, i wished i had one now!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Orem, Utah
    I have one of these units, but I have only used it twice:
    1. to flatten a picnic table built from a still-too-green kit (it needs it again, now that it's dry)
    2. to flatten the reclaimed plywood top that I put on an old kitchen cabinet, as a base for my benchtop jointer and planer

    The unit is lightweight and does a great job, but it does get hot with prolonged use; I often had to hold it by the front handle and the power cord strain relief. It doesn't come with a dust bag, but I found that the one from my Black & Decker ROS works in a pinch. For the second job above I hooked up my ShopVac - which kept the air a lot cleaner than using nothing at all.

    [HERE] is a set of reviews on Fine Woodworking by a good cross section of owners (membership NOT required to view). I learned some stuff by reading these reviews, like using the unit for "scribing" to a line. This sander would really shine at small, intermittent jobs like that.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Brandon, MS
    Ron, I purchased one about a year and a half ago. I bought it for a specific job, and I have only used it once or twice since. I will admit though, that I am not a big fan of belt sanders in the first place. I agree with Kerry that it does get quite hot after 5-10 minutes of use. It is a well built tool, but I wouldn't get one just for sanding down dovetail joints or anything that small.

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