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Open-coat, resin-bonded aluminum oxide abrasive provides long life and fast material removal on wood and other surfaces
Butt-splice construction for smooth running in both directions on portable belt sanders
Cross weight backings provide durability and longer belt life
Fits Bosch compact belt sander model 1278VSK
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Designed for superior performance on wood, metal, plastic, fiberglass and other materials. Ten-piece package of medium 80 grit belts for general-purpose sanding. Anti-static backing for highest removal and consistent finish.
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1-1/2" X 12"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a situation where you have yo buy a poorly designed product because there is no alternative. Don't get me wrong the sander itself is fast, great for removing old paint from tight places like shutters. But the seam on the belts almost always breaks before the grit even starts to wear out. I suspect the glue is affected by temperature as the plate gets very hot at higher speeds. Only at the lowest speeds does it seem to last. I wish I could buy a sanding sleeve and cut it down, but the Bosch belts are metric. Bosch should obviously redesign their seam , maybe in a zig-zag rather than plain diagonal, and absolutely change to a glue or tape that is unaffected by heat.
The idea is great. I was impressed with the sander, however the quality of the belts has something to be desired. I usually find belt sanders to use the belt to the bitter end (until the grit just plain wears out). However, the 80 grit belts may develop too much heat (my inpression) for the glue used to join the belt together. With this sander i was never able to use the belt to the end, in fact out of 11 belts used 8 of them failed prematurely all spliting right at the joint and as if the glue on the back patch (looks like tape) just seperated from the belt. No tears and the belt itself was in very good conditon. None of the belts lasted as long as usually could be expected the three others also failed but put up a better fight.
I have to agree with another reviewer that this sander can eat sand paper rather quickly. After a little practice with the tool, however, I found this to be less of a problem. But even with this shortcoming, no other sander I've found gets into the tight spots like this one. I've found it to be a high quality and indespensable tool to have in my truck.
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