Summary: I purchased this sander afer reading several reviews, mostly negative reviews at that but had hoped they had made some changes, this is of course a Dewalt product. This sander was intended to sand all of the decking and framework of a 2,000 foot outside deck, this is a big job! Much to my dismay, I experienced the same as others, after 3-4 hors of work, I too experienced tracking problems, overheating and a couple of times I relly did think it was burnt up and had...
Summary: I bought this model about two years ago. I should have sent it back. The dust collector doesn't work well and falls off. The most annoying thing is the belt tracking. It simply doesn't work. The belt keeps working off the sander, no matter which brand of belt I use. I just want to take it to a Dewalt store and throw it through the window. The reason I'm on today is that I'm throwing the Dewalt away and buying a Bosch or Porter Cable.
Summary: After using DeWalt tools for years it was natural to prefer that brand when looking for a belt sander, but that was a mistake. While the look and features of this unit make it seem like a great choice, the build quality lacks and will disappoint any serious user. I purchased one and took it home, but the belt tracking adjustment was not assembled properly at the factory, so I took it back. The salesman and I checked 4 others before we found one that worked correctly.
Summary: I am a general contractor doing remodel/restoration work on old buildings. I also do cabinets and have dabbled in wooden boat restoration. I have been at it over 30 years and have had a lot of belt sanders. I have enough ambivalence toward this chunky little sander that I felt the need to share my thoughts. I bought this machine when it first came out to replace my ancient Makita 3"x24" which I used for job site sanding, often vertical.
Summary: I am a woodworker and took a chance on DeWalt instead of Porter Cable. Not again. I have used this for only a few times, mainly because it sat unused for two months waiting for internal plastic replacement parts which broke. Yesterday, after only 15 minutes of medium use, it literally caught on fire and the motor burnt up. I am off to purchase a PC.
Summary: But I am a serious homeowner (the kind of person who goes to real supply houses and talks to real tradespeople - rather than the guys at HomeDespot). If you're a contractor, trust what the contractors say. If you're a homeowner, read on... I look at a belt sander as a consumable purchase, so for me it was a function of doing the jobs I need done before it cooks. If you do enough heavy work with it, eventually you will kill it.
Summary: I am a contractor who recently started my own business and have been buying a lot of tools. I used the Porter Cable belt sander before and loved it but figured DeWalt was great brand so I bought this sander. In as few words as possible; I hate it! I mean I really do not like using it and here's why: Cons -Belt tracking doesn't work and I am constantly watching it instead of my work to make sure the belt doesn't work its way to one side and shred itself.
Summary: Had 3 of these....they where all problems. The first one lasted 2 weeks when the maib drive wheel broke. the next two broke to many belts....I used 3m belts and it didnt matter after 5 min the belt would break. I couldn't afford to keep replacing belts so after the 3rd unit I bought the portercable 352vs. I still have the same belt on it. The Dewalt feels solid and weighs a ton but is the worst tool I have ever owned.
Summary: I bought this sander at the local store and bought some porter cable sanding belts along with it. I got home and put one of the belts on, without looking at the direction. About 5 minutes later the belt started sreading apart. Not knowing what just happened, i threw another belt on there. This time, looking only at the installing a new belt part of the directions.
Summary: This thing did so well that I am motivated to give a review.My plight: I made an end grain cutting board (chop block) 15x24 to be put in cabinets that i built. I used all scrap hardwood from a lumber yard for free, so that was nice. In anycase, I glued hundreds of pieces of wood i chopped into pieces into strips and glued those together. In anycase, the top and bottom were random terrain up to 1/4".