Belt Sander

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A belt sander removes material rather aggressively with the risk of leaving visible sanding marks (lines). However, sometimes power is what you need to tackle rough workpieces, so this machine will be a great addition for woodworking as well as other projects as it can also be used to grind metals. There are even advantages over stone-based grinders such as the larger surface and no chance of exploding stones. Belts may rip and go flying though, especially if they are installed in the wrong direction.




Beltsander AEG HBSE100.jpg
Synonyms: DE: Bandschleifer, Bandschleifgerät,
Type: Belt Sander
Material: wood, metals
Used with: 560 × 100 mm sanding belts
Location: office
Access Requirements: Handheld Sander Introduction
Status: broken
Tutors: Lukas
Similar (More or Less): other handheld sanders; belt and disc sander

Currently broken!

With the AEG HBSE100 belt sander it is strongly advised to wear hearing protection as it is quite loud!

This sander requires 560 × 100 mm belts. We might only have smaller belts at the moment, so be prepared to bring your own!

Sanding Belts

If the belt often slips under pressure, it may have become stiff - this may be fixed by "massaging" it a bit in tight bends or replacing it with a new one.

Turning direction of the belt and markings on the belt.

The belt of a belt sander is directional. Make sure to install it in the correct direction (see illustration) otherwise it will get damaged quickly.


although a belt sander can be clamped very carefully in a woodworking vise, we should really make a proper stand for such stationary uses!

The Spanish Maker Román Palma shared instructions for a nifty three-position stand in Make: magazine, see the article and video here!

With such a stand we could use a handheld belt sander like a stationary sander (although we have a real one now!) or as a simple substitute for a planer (DE: Hobelmaschine) or bench grinder.