Last week’s post about my ordeal with customer service, just to order a drive belt for my sander, turned out to be a hot button — and here’s a follow-up to it. I’ve installed the new drive belt, and the sander is ready to go again.
I actually have no complaints about the sander itself — only after 200+ hours of hard-working run-time under less-than-ideal circumstances did the belt finally give way and shred itself. Though I’m sure others might claim it was premature, I felt more than happy with the performance of this particular consumable. The $13 I shelled out for a few spare drive belts didn’t exactly break the bank either. I will say for the record that the three days of downtime was annoying, but only because I had to wait to finish a project — and I hate waiting.
Some of the commenters on the original post expressed disdain for “cheap power tools.” Looking logically at why a consumer or a pro buys a certain tool, many factors come into play. In this case, I chose the Task Force because its ninety-dollar entry price perfectly suited the use I was planning to put it to. Because of budget restraints it was either this or no sander at all — and not having a sander would’ve seriously slowed down all the project work I’ve done in the meantime.
Whether or not it’s the best available is often not the point when buying tools. The Task Force BD461W Belt/Disc sander isn’t even in the running for “Most Expensive” or “Best In Class” — but it was the best choice for me, and that’s really what having options is all about. Not everyone buys for the same reasons, and it’s great to have somewhere to turn if the best is out of reach.
The real goal with any tool is to get the job done in a way that works well for you. Though my sander isn’t high-dollar and doesn’t sport a name-brand logo, it has smoothed out and will continue to smooth out all my hobby woodworking needs for the foreseeable future — in my book that makes it a solid rig worthy of the shop. In any case, I’m glad to have it back up and running.