Summary: Great sander. However after just using it on 4 projects, now I find the Drive Belt is broken. This is made as cheaply as possible. Now I am shut down awaiting what should be a 50 cent rubber band and it actually is almost $20. Really are you kidding???? What ever happened to Quality??
Summary: I use a lot of Dewalt power tools. However this one is a stinker. 6 years of occasional use and the armature went out. The part cost was higher than buying a new one. I went to HF got a cheap one if it burns out no big deal. The darn thing is still going strong.
Summary: Piece of junk. Like most have said, the dust collector thing is terrible, the tracking is terrible, it overheats all the time. We've previously broken the drive shaft, and I've just fried the motor in a dramatic spark-filled cloud of white smoke after about 20 minutes of sanding (heavily)
Summary: Have owned this sander for several years but have put to very little use. Used to built one set of cabinets using mainly to sand face frames. Recently put to use sanding a table top I glued together, only after about an hour of use and shredding several belts the motor burnt up.
Summary: I remember when Dewalt used to be one of the best names in power tools, but the last 2 I have purchased were garbage. This one I have used for less than one hour and the shaft coming off the motor snapped in half.
Summary: The dust collection is a bit weak with the sawdust likely to trap itself in the wimpy outlet velocity; use it only with a vacuum or attached dust collector. Having said that, it didn't come with any connector for attaching it to a dust collector. I have to duct tape a hose to it.
Summary: I'll start out by saying I really do not like dewalt products. They are often cheaper than the other big brands but you get what you pay for. (I think ryobi's batteries are actually better) This belt sander is the only dewalt product I can actually speak favorably for.
Summary: I rented two of these from the local Ace Hardware. Was going to buy a belt sander due to having to work on five pine poles on our territorial house every year. But I learned about Cabot's Australian Timber Oil, so one last sand and then never have to do it again to set up for Spar Varnish.
Summary: I wish I would have looked at these reviews prior to purchasing the DeWalt belt sander. I is junk ! The tracking problems were there out of the box. I thought I could adjust it, but have not been able, Do not like it at all.
There is a reason Dewalt no longer makes this sander
Adam V. Floyd, Amazon
5 September 2012
Summary: I own several Dewalt power tools and have been happy will them (for the price point). This sander is not fit to carry the Dewalt brand. The first time I used it, it kept heating up due to dust collection (i.e., the dust collector doesn't work well so dust builds up in the unit creating friction).