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What Real People Are Saying About The Shop Fox W1855

Excellent construction

Awesome quality. I like the quality and sturdy construction

Great value for a versatile belt sander

After much research I decided to purchase the Fox belt /disc sander. I wanted to avoid the harbor freight type tools and wanted something that I considered mid range. I had previously purchased a shop bench grinder and it has been a go to tool in our shop for years without failure.

The pros of the sander include its heavy weight build and easy on off switch. Its belt sander has an excellent platform and sands evenly across all surfaces. It seems well built and is exactly what we wanted for light to medium use on soft grain wood like pine and fir. The only drawback I noted was if you place heavy material on it and push down hard in an effort to remove more material you can stall the sanding belt. It was easy to see this when my 14 year old was using it and I quickly showed him how to avoid putting so much weight on the belt. Overall I would say this is a great value for the money and it seems well built enough to last for many years of daily service in our shop

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Worth the price.

Nice tool. Solidly built. If round sander had Velcro attachment instead of glue pad that would be an improvement but it works great.

great job

Works perfectly. Does a great job.

Good deal

Great product,top shelf.

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2. POWERTEC BD4600 Disc & Belt Sander

  • (45 Ratings)

It's true that the Shop Fox W1855 was the 1/2 HP Motor Sanders that we ranked most highly. Having said that, there were a handful of other really high quality 1/2 HP Motor Sanders we wanted to showcase here that just barely missed the mark.

Next on our list is built by POWERTEC known to be a very reputable tool supplier. POWERTEC's Disc & Belt Sanders are great as well. I was eager to try the model BD4600 and I was not disappointed!

The POWERTEC BD4600 Disc & Belt Sander, at $129.99 is an especially exceptional Sander for the money. If you unsure about our top pick, I'd check out the POWERTEC BD4600 next. It's a first class tool at a good price.

Full POWERTEC BD4600 Review

POWERTEC BD4600 Features

Includes: heavy duty belt and disc sander combination flaunts a 4”x36” sanding belt, 6” sanding disc, A belt with 0° -90° tilt including a work support, a disc work table with 0° - 45° tilt, a heavy duty miter gauge, and a dust port

Features: a 6-1/2 x 8-3/4 inch cast aluminum table that provides exceptional work support and tilts up to 45 degrees, precision tracking system, a safety key switch, and a quick release belt change; sturdy cast iron base and mounting hole prevent wobbling and walking

2-1 design: sanding machine is equipped with both, an abrasive Belt and disc Combo, large enough and perfectly sized to handle an assortment of sanding and woodworking applications

Power: enhanced with a quiet but powerful 120V, 60 Hz, 1/2 HP (peak), 4. 3 amp induction motor delivers 1900 FPM For the belt and 3600 RPM for disc speed

Dust pickup: This belt and disc sander Combo includes one 2-1/4” dust port which provides a tidy and effective dust collection

Apart from the option we reviewed already, I would definitely check out the 31-140 by Delta and the 51-200 by Rikon. Both Delta and Rikon are well known for their top quality Sanders. Both of these two options are highly rated as well. The Delta boasts a user rating of 3.5/5 as compared to 3.6/5 star rating for the 51-200 by Rikon.

The 31-140 by Delta offers several very choice features like Dust collection draws from under the table, 2 1/2in OD attaches quickly to any standard shop vac or dust collector. The 51-200 by Rikon however, is very competitive featuring Rack and Pinion Table Adjustment and even Large Working Table: 17-1/8-by-6-1/2-Inch working surface to securely support your work-piece.

I would be eager to endorse either of these 1/2 HP Motor Sanders