Can you folks comment on the relative tradeoffs of thicknessing stock with a belt sander vs a thickness sander.
Now, it is obvious that the thickness sander will be superior but in making the tradeoff of cost vs results, can a belt sander be made to work? I have heard that belt sanders are nearly impossible to control and not put a crease in the piece. OTOH, I just learned about a belt sander "sled" that controls the sander and keeps it from tilting, so you seem to just walk the sander around the piece.
Thickness sander is ideal but for the money can a belt sander (with a sled) be made to work? What is your experience? What sander is "best" for this purpose?