Belt Sanders Item ID: #539

Black & Decker DS321 Dragster 7 Amp 3-Inch by 21-Inch Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

NOW $59.97

Product Information:

  • Innovative front roller allows you to reach even the tightest corners with ease
  • Retractable, three-position handle for optimum control
  • Dust collector keeps work area clean for improved visibility
  • Dimensions : 15.4 x 6.2 x 6.1 inches (WxHxD); weighs 8.2 pounds; 2-year warranty
  • Includes medium grit sanding belt, dust bag, and instruction manual

Item Description

Go ahead and say it : It looks like a race car. That’s what we said, too, and were ready to dismiss it as a gimmick. But then we tried it, and we stopped smirking. The smaller front roller changes everything you know about using a belt sander, making the belt’s route more of a triangle than an oval. And because of that, you can get the grit to spaces you couldn’t with a standard belt sander—for example, you can actually scoot right up to the baseboard when sanding a floor. There’s more contact area with this design, and while that may be a moot point, we think it’s still worth mentioning. We really like the three-position handle; it adjusts easily and lets you have the grip you need to be in control of an aggressive tool like this one. The dust collector works as well as any on a belt sander (meaning you’re still going to have a mess to clean up). Belt changes are pretty straightforward and easy, thanks to the simple belt release lever. Because it’s not a high-end tool, don’t expect impeccable belt tracking here; still, the adjustment knob does a good job of tracking. This is one of those why-didn’t-someone-think-of-this-sooner tools. Such a simple design change offers so much more utility in a well-priced staple of the workshop.–Kris Jensen-Van Heste

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