Skil 3375-01 Belt Disc Sander
A few weeks back we told you about Skil's new line of benchtop tools coming out later this year. Now, we're going to take a closer look at one of those tools, the belt disc sander.
Skil's sander comes with a number of nice features. There is a beveling table top capable of a 45 degree angle, a 2-1/2" dust port, and a pre-drilled cast iron base, for attaching to your workbench. The belt sander can also flip up to a 90 degree position. There is also a safey switch and the whole thing is powered by a 4-amp motor.
The Skil will be available in September, exclusively at Lowe's. There are a number of similar items on the market (the Hitachi and Grizzly, for instance), but not having used either of them, we can't say how the Skil rates. Our guess is that they're all fairly similar and that it comes down to a matter of brand preference.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 5, 2008 5:00 AM
Real junk. I purchased one last week and returned it today. It bogged down sanding 1x2 pine. No board wider than 4" to the left of the belt will fit , without hitting the disc. The disc operates at the same time as the belt and this presents a goog chance to sand your forearm . The disc is above the level of the belt so you can not said a wide board on the belt without hitting the disc.
A poorly designed product with very limited power.
All these bench tools are almost exactly the same!
They are made in China by very similar factories.
To best choose between "brands", I suggest to go to the store with a small square and check the alignement before buying. Some angles are adjustable, some not. I spent almost a full afternoon getting my bench scrollsaw truly square, and saved more than 120 dollars by buying a scrollsaw very similar to the Ryoby and Skil, instead of buying a much more expensive Dremel. After adjustment, my chinese scrollsaw performs as well or better than the Dremel, and even vibrates less!