I’ve been sanding my deck the last couple weekends and I really could use a mini belt sander to get into the tight corners. My Makita orbital helped a great deal, but couldn’t get all the tight spots. It’s a great sander of which I’ll save for another blog post. A drum sander bit for my Dremel could help a tiny bit with some spots (though its small footprint would take forever), but there’s way too many spaces that its side-facing bit won’t reach.
Enter the Proxxon Handheld Belt Sander BSL 115/E. This German-made dog will get into the tight spaces with ease and will sand with great efficiency because it’s a belt sander after all. The only thing stopping me from getting this tool is $150. I’d be more comfortable with half the price. Perhaps Dremel or Craftsman will come out with their own version.
I could seriously use this tool for my art woodworking, too. The sanding belts are available in 180, 120, and 80 grit. I want to see 50 or 60 grit, please.
Here’s the sell copy and specs:
For shape finishing, mortising, fine polishing (flat surfaces). Also for de-burring metal, paint removal and fine finishing. The tool has a die-cast aluminum head holding the sanding arm, which can be swivelled through 60
by simply pressing a knob. The unit features a full-wave electronic speed control. Sanding belt can be changed in a matter of seconds. Complete with (2) 180 grit and (2) 80 grit belts.
Belt size 13″ x 13/32”
Belt speed Variable (300 – 700 m/min)
Volts 110-120V AC, 60 Hz
Max Power 100 W
Total length 13″
Weight 1.4 lb