Bosch PBS 75 A Belt Sander £63.99 @ Homebase with code BOSCH20
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Bosch PBS 75 A Belt Sander £63.99 @ Homebase with code BOSCH20

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Found 9th Apr 2015
After firing up my old Black and Decker Random Orbital Sander this last weekend, I soon realised how rubbish it was and the only thing "Random" about it was how fast (or more likely slow) the disc would spin, as well as doing its vibrating bit which removes about as much sawdust as does a passing bumblebee.

So I started looking a sanders that actually shift a fair speed of sandpaper over their destination surface and quickly homed in on the Bosch GBS 75 AE, but at a whopping £260 (including case, angle guide and subframe which convert it into a desktop/detail sander) I thought it was out of my price range.

A bit more research later and found an extremely similar looking equivalent (i.e. same construction/weight), the PBS 75A.

You can buy/use the same Bosch Accessories to get £260 worth of Sanding Kit for a lot less, rough prices for the other bits are:

Parallel/Angle Guide: £22
Sub Frame: £30
Plastic Bosch Case: £34

Rough Total: £150, saving about 100 sheets.

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I picked up a Performance Power on yesterday at a local B&Q for £18 in the clearance. Nowhere near the same spec as this but m well chuffed for the price as I won't be using it all the time.

I tried the LIDL version a while back which could be used on its back but the plate wasn't flat so it got returned.

Stonking good tool, mine cost more and I am pleased with it, if you do a significant amount of DIY then this is probably a good deal.

Are you pleased with the sander? Does it extract most of the dust? I need to sand back varnished landings and stairs and I thought this might be easier to do the job. I will probably strip the varnish off with a chemical strip product first. I previously used a sheet sander on the stairs and it was quite slow (40 stairs). Will this be faster to use?

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YippeeYiYo

Are you pleased with the sander? Does it extract most of the dust? I … Are you pleased with the sander? Does it extract most of the dust? I need to sand back varnished landings and stairs and I thought this might be easier to do the job. I will probably strip the varnish off with a chemical strip product first. I previously used a sheet sander on the stairs and it was quite slow (40 stairs). Will this be faster to use?



Very pleased with it, yes there's not much dust escapes though to be fair I've only used it outside. If using inside I'd probably use your vacuum cleaner rather than the dust bag. It removes a scary amount of material, keep it moving or you can end up with a 'gauge' where the belt digs into the wood.

As a tip, use good quality "Zirconium" belts, they last for ages (still on my first 40 grit one I used to smooth some (very) rough sawn oak for some big shelving, it's still going strong. Something like this:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Norton-Zirconium-Cloth-Sanding-Belts-75-x-533mm-P-80-Grit-Pack-of-5-V3UX-/351208627778

I got 2x40, 60, 80, 100 I think, the seller let you specify what belts you wanted.

Edited by: "Roger_Irrelevant" 28th Sep 2015
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