Matt, sorry but I don't know much about what kind of work you do however in my shop a wide belt has stepped me up several notches. I do kitchens, baths and such and have done a maple countertop or two. The additiion of a wide belt to my shop was a very good investment. I save lots of time sanding and can produce work way above the quality that I was able to do before when I only had a drum sander. (YUK) I have a timesavers "speed sander" its an entry level machine but a serious machine none the less.
I once heard that cats and women will do darn well what they please and that men and dogs would do well to accept it and just go on.