I often refer to the Skil 7500 belt sander as the shop’s secret weapon. When things get bad or when bad measurement has reared its ugly head, I’ll reach for this first. With a 3” x 18”, forty-grit belt draped around the rollers, there’s not a lot of wood problems that can’t be shaped down to size with this monster.
It’s loud, unrefined, and doesn’t have many features; just plug it in and pull the trigger to make things like stick-out ends or misaligned pieces go away. It’s a 6 amp brute of a tool that can be shoved anywhere and brought to bear on any project malfunction. We’ve taken advantage of its services to sand off nail heads or to do a little fine sculpting work on a furniture piece.
Whatever the occasion, this rugged sander performs consistently over and above the call of duty. When you need something ground down the 7500 is up for it with plenty of grunt to go around. It’s not the prettiest and most certainly not the most expensive with a price point of $50. In fact some folks turn their nose up at it simply because it doesn’t sport a sexier logo. After the dust clears however, it does the same sanding for less, and that’s better than just looking good.