"Im a Carpenter & Joiner and i've worked in workshops using expensive Makita belt sanders day in day out but have never owned my own.
Im more of a site/domestic joiner these days and just needed a belt sander to sand up some panel doors and a bespoke arched door I had just made for a client.
Upon realising HSS hire was £25 to hire the makita belt sander for ONE day and Screwfix had a belt sander to buy for £28 i thought it must be worth a punt.
The belt sander performed exactly as it should and cleaned up the doors to the same standard I could have expected from any belt sander ive used previously and got the job done. Reason its cheap is its build quality is cheap and motor is slower. I noticed that when the belt travelled in to the side of the rollers (as it will on any belt sander not adjusted perfectly) it chewed up the plastic casing which is not a problem on more expensive models. Cant comment on it any more than my days usage but it still works, its still in the van and if you need to hire a belt sander for a day might just be worth getting one of these and maybe getting a few more jobs out of it!"
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Review 2 for Energer ENB459SDR 800W 3" Belt Sander 230V
"The trouble with picking the cheapest of anything is that it can be a bit of a gamble ... will it be good enough? This is (currently) Screwfix's cheapest belt sander and I have a large area of wood that needs sanding, so I wasn't too sure it would be up to it. I needn't have worried, the job is 3/4 finished and it's fine. It's relatively light in weight, which has meant that it's not too stressful when sanding above head/shoulder level. Sanding for hours at a time, doesn't seem to be a problem for it; it doesn't overheat (though conditions have been cold) and the only interruptions to work-flow are to empty the dust bag and to change the belt (very quick & easy). A lot of the dust seems to go in the bag, but inevitably, some doesn't, so eye, nose & mouth protection is essential. Another must is ear protection: at full speed the noise is seriously unpleasant and probably risks damage to one's hearing as the tool is inevitably used close to the body. I didn't find instructions in the manual on how to adjust the running position of the belt, but it didn't take long to figure out which control adjusts it. Overall, I'm pleased with it - it does all I require."
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Review 4 for Energer ENB459SDR 800W 3" Belt Sander 230V
"I bought this at 2:15pm. It's now 4:25 and I'm returning my SECOND sander. First one lasted 4 mins before stopping suddenly. Second one was MUCH better - that lasted 35 minutes before folding the sanding belt back under itself, jamming the mechanism and stopping. OK - it's the cheapest on here but come on Screwfix - we trust you to sell stuff that works. I've lost one and half hours and 30 miles in petrol and couldn't recommend this product for filing paper. Disappointing."