Updated August 14, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

The 10 Best Belt & Disc Combo Sanders

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This wiki has been updated 11 times since it was first published in September of 2016. These belt and disc combo sanders are ideal for smoothing all sorts of stock, like wood and plastic, quickly and efficiently, as well as for removing small amounts of waste material from various products. Whether you are a home hobbyist or work in a commercial operation, we've got you covered with our comprehensive selection that includes premium and budget-friendly models. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best belt & disc combo sander on Amazon.

10. Palmgren 81061

9. Wen 6502T

8. Bucktool BD4801

7. Grizzly G1014ZX

6. Shop Fox W1676

5. Rikon 50-122

4. Jet JSG-6DCK

3. Jet J-41002

2. Grizzly H6070

1. Powermatic Model 31A

Special Honors

Kalamazoo S612V If you need an industrial-quality unit that you can operate continuously for long periods of time, this model is up to the task. It features a three-horsepower motor, a quick belt-change mechanism, an easily-accessible belt-tracking knob, and is suitable for use with practically any type of material. Plus, is is equipped with an integral vacuum base dust collector. kalamazooind.com

Conquest Disc and Belt Combo Sander This is one of the few combo sanders made in the United States. While this does make it a little bit pricey for its specs, the build is top quality and it should last through years of use in any commercial shop. Both its disc and belt tables have a 65-degree range of motion, 20 up and 45 down, and the machine is dynamically balanced to reduce vibrations as much as possible. conquestind.com

Editor's Notes

August 09, 2019:

Belt and disc combo sanders combine two useful tools into a single machine, helping you to maximize space in your shop or garage. Depending on your needs, you may be satisfied with a small bench-top model, like the Grizzly H6070 and Bucktool BD4801, or you may need to opt for something considerably larger, like the Jet JSG-6DCK and Powermatic Model 31A.

If you are looking for a large, industrial-quality model for use in a commercial shop, we recommend you look at the Jet JSG-6DCK or Powermatic Model 31A. These machines have a 1.5- and 2-horsepower motor, respectively, and can stand up to daily high-volume use. They are both capable of removing a lot of stock quickly, too. The Powermatic Model 31A wins out for versatility though, as it has a flip-back guard on the belt that allows for more convenient contour sanding. Plus, its enclosed stand provides more stability than the open stand of the Jet JSG-6DCK. If you don't need such a large machine, but still want something of commercial quality, take a look at the bench-top Jet J-41002.

Now, for the user who needs a large machine, but doesn't plan on subjecting it to daily, high-volume use, we have the Shop Fox W1676 and Grizzly G1014ZX. Whether it is due to a small motor, some sub-par components, or other inconveniences, these lag behind our top picks. However, they do a good job of bridging that gap between expensive industrial units and low-quality Harbor Freight tools.

For those who are in the market for a very compact units that won't take up too much room in their shop, we have the Grizzly H6070 and Wen 6502T. Looking at these two, you may immediately notice the significant difference in belt width. The Grizzly H6070, with its one-inch belt, is better for grinding and finishing odd-shaped pieces that may make unwanted contact on a wider belt, while the Grizzly H6070 is better for removing stock evenly from large, flat surfaces.

One last note before we let you run wild and start sanding down some material. While belt and disc combo sanders may look a lot less threatening than say a table saw or circular saw, they still require caution and a focus on safe operation. One errant brush of your fingertip against a fast-moving abrasive belt or disc could quickly remove a large chunk of skin.

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated on August 14, 2019 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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