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With so many worthy belt sanders on the market, it’s hard to go wrong, but also hard to choose between them all — the choice of accessories available for a particular model can sometimes swing the purchasing decision. Both DeWalt and Bosch offer belt sanders that can be used in their traditional manner or, with the aid of accessories, converted into bench tools.

DeWalt designed its bench mounting stand to be more of a permanent solution — it mounts directly to a work bench — while the Bosch is more mobile, mounting with a set of clamps to a work surface.  Either way, a useful power tool becomes a capable bench tool.

The DeWalt stand sells in combination with the DW44k sander for about $230, or on its own for about $70. Bosch sells its stand and fence as separate units for about $30 each.

DW4055 Stand [DeWalt]
DW4055 Street Pricing [Google Products]
DW4055 Via Amazon [What’s This?] (B0000CCXTW) [What’s This?]
Stand and Fence [Bosch]
Bosch Stand Street Pricing [Google Products]
Bosch Fence Street Pricing [Google Products]
Bosch Stand Via Amazon [What’s This?] (B0009H5OSC) [What’s This?]
Bosch Fence Via Amazon [What’s This?] (B000A8PISQ) [What’s This?]

 

4 Responses to Sometimes The Accessories Make The Tool

  1. Mike says:

    I typically just lay mine on its side, but a fence to get perfect 90-degree angles would be useful – anybody seen one of these for a Porter Cable?

  2. Eric Dykstra says:

    Mike, I couldn’t find a specific product for Porter Cable but there is always the DIY plywood solution: http://tinyurl.com/5cmkfe

    It’s a whole lot cheaper than the DeWalt and it even looks like you could adapt the Bosch fence to work on your own solution or make your own. Depends on how much you want to tinker.

    By The Way, never search Google images for “Porter Cable” without safe search on. yeesh

  3. Putnameco says:

    Those type of accessories are scary! Nothing but a cheap compromise. Why not get a dedicated machine, works better and is a lot safer.
    Rigid has that nice belt/spindle sander. for about the price of a handheld belt sander. or you could go with Deltas stationary belt/disc sander combo.

    hXXp://www.ridgid.com/Tools/Oscillating-Edge-Belt–Spindle-Sander/
    hXXp://www.amazon.com/Delta-31-695-6-Inch-Horsepower-120-Volt/dp/B00002236D

  4. fred says:

    We have a couple of Dewalt lightweight belt sanders with the sanding frame depicted. I don’t know what we did with the leg parts – but never thought to use the sander as a stationary tool. We have a big Delta sanding station in the shop and a couple of old Craftsman benctop belt sanders that we set-up on jobsites as needed.

    The Dewalt frame is good as an anti-gouge device for controlled sanding. Now if we could use it on some of our Porter-Cable 504 locomotives — just kidding.

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