I am a professional full time woodworker. I have 35 years experience behind a belt sander.
A good belt sander can make for fast smooth sanding in the right hands, or more fuel for the wood stove in the inexperienced ones.
The important consideration in choosing a belt sander is: what am I going to be using the tool for 90% of the time.
This tool by Makita 3 x 24 (9920) is best suited for this 90% use criteria.
Most of the time I am doing sanding of solid stock before assembly, as well as sanding assembled work.
NOTE: If your using this tool to sand floors or other large surfaces, this is not the sander. Purchase the appropriate sander.
This sander comes in 3 x (18)(21)and(24). The 24 is the best choice as it has a larger sole plate that makes it e... Read full review
The Makita U.S.A., Inc. Head Office is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network located throughout the U.S. The Makita Corporation of America is located in Buford, Georgia, and is part of a global Makita network of ten manufacturing and assembly plants that is the source of Makita products used on job sites around the world. The product development team works closely with engineers on job sites to develop products that exceed the demands of the American contractor.
There are lots of belt sander choices in 9920's price range. I seriously considered sanders with higher amp ratings from Porter-Cable and Bosch. Everything I read about Makita belt sanders, though, convinced me to look at this unit. I still am not sure why the 9920's 21" little brother, the Maki...
I was in the middle of finishing an oak floor when my 38 year old Black and Decker "Best" (actually made in USA)3 x 24 belt sander finally gave out. Having a quantity of new belts I went looking for a 3 x 24 sander and came across the Makita 9920. I had used other belt sanders like the Porter Cab...
I had been reading reviews on larger belt sanders for about a year when I finally decided to purchase this one. I have been making due with an old and worn out cheapo brand with a tear in the dust bag for several years and decided I really needed a new and more powerful sander for rapid removal o...
I had a DeWalt belt sander that was hard to control and that I finally ditched. Based on the reviews I ordered the Makita 9920 3x24 sander and have used it on a few projects. I find this one to be a vast improvement over the DeWalt. Although it has a relatively narrow footprint, it is well balanced and is very easy to control. The variable speed function is an essential plus. Changing belts is a snap and the tracking adjustment is reliable. It is heavy enough to track well on horizontal surfaces, but is balanced and light enough to use on vertical surfaces. I even used it upside down to even out some cabinet doors that were still attached to the frame, something I wouldn't dare attempt with my DeWalt. Its extra-long cord is another plus.
Makita has an optional, but pricy, sanding shoe that is supposed to provide more control on large surfaces. But I find this sander easy to use by itself, as long as you start out with the speed at its lowest setting and avoid excessively coar... Read full review