In this guide we’ll look at the best belt and disc sanders for the UK Market.
We’ve compared power, construction material, dust extraction feature and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Is The Best Belt and Disc Sander?

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  • High-quality induction motor
  • Superior build quality
  • Quiet in operation
  • Cast iron base
  • 370-Watt induction motor
  • Takes 100 mm (4") belts and 150mm (6") sanding discs
  • Quiet and smooth in operation
  • Compact
  • Takes 25 x 762 mm belts and 125 mm discs.
  • 180-Watt motor
  • Takes 25 mm belt and 125 mm disc
  • Two separate dust extraction outlets
  • Cast iron construction
  • 370-Watt motor
  • Takes 100mm (4") belts and 150mm (6") sanding discs

More Detailed Belt and Disc Sander Reviews

Sealey SM914 Belt and Disc Sander 4" x 36" 370W

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  • High-quality induction motor
  • Superior build quality
  • Quiet in operation
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Sealey SM914 Belt and Disc Sander 4" x 36" 370W Review

The Sealey SM914 Sander offers one of the best belt and disc sanders for serious woodworking. This is a bench sander with an excellent build quality, a powerful induction motor yet is very quiet to use.

This bench sanding machine has a 370-Watt induction motor that produces a belt speed of 440 m/min and a disc speed of 2,850 rpm. Bearing-mounted drive pulleys ensure a smooth running operation.

This is a versatile bench belt and disc sander, designed for a wide range of sanding tasks. The sanding belt can be used at any angle and the sanding disc table can be tilted up to 45 degrees.

The belt and disc sander has a table size of 225 x 160 mm. It takes 100 x 915 mm belts and 150 mm diameter sanding discs. The sanding belts are easy to fix and stay in alignment well. The sander also has a 63.5 mm dust port.

This is a professional quality bench belt and disc sander suitable for all home woodworking projects.

Lumberjack BD370 4" x 36" 370W Combination Belt & Disc Sander

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  • Cast iron base
  • 370-Watt induction motor
  • Takes 100 mm (4") belts and 150mm (6") sanding discs
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Lumberjack BD370 4" x 36" 370W Combination Belt & Disc Sander Review

The Lumberjack BD370 Combination Belt and Disc Sander has a cast iron base, a 370-Watt induction motor and comes at a competitive price.

The sanding belt can be adjusted anywhere from a horizontal to vertical plane, making it very easy to sand a variety of differently-shaped pieces. The belt runs at 1,900 surface feet per minute, and the disc rotates at 3,600 rpm, making the machine powerful enough for the toughest of sanding tasks.

The bench sander has a disc diameter of 4″ (150 mm) and a belt size of 4″ x 36″ inches (100 x 914 mm). The belts are easy to change, and the sander has large belt tracking knobs to help you align them easily. The bench sander also has a 63.5 mm dust port to ensure your workshop stays dust-free.

This is a high-quality bench sander that comes at a reasonable price, ideal for woodworking enthusiasts.

Sealey SM750 Belt and Disc Sander 1" x 30" 250W

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  • Quiet and smooth in operation
  • Compact
  • Takes 25 x 762 mm belts and 125 mm discs.
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Sealey SM750 Belt and Disc Sander 1" x 30" 250W Review

The Sealey SM750 Belt and Disc Sander has a 250-Watt induction motor and offers a solid, durable sander at a good price.

This belt and disc sander features a quality motor with smooth, bearing-mounted drive pulleys that make it powerful, yet quiet to operate. The sanding disc table tilts to 45 degrees and is supplied with a mitre gauge for accurate sanding at an angle. The bench sander takes 25 x 762 mm belts and 125 mm diameter sanding discs.

This is a compact belt and disc sander that runs smoothly and quietly and feels solid and robust.

Axminster Craft AC125BDS 1" x 30" Mini Belt and Disc Sander

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  • 180-Watt motor
  • Takes 25 mm belt and 125 mm disc
  • Two separate dust extraction outlets
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Axminster Craft AC125BDS 1" x 30" Mini Belt and Disc Sander Review

This Mini Belt and Disc Sander belongs to the Axminster range. Axminster are well known for their professional quality workshop tools. They are always very sturdily built and easy to maintain and repair. This mini belt and disc sander is also very competitively priced.

It has a 180-Watt motor that provides a belt speed of 860 m/min. It features a 25 mm (1″) belt and a tilting table. The 125 mm (5″) diameter disc sander has its own table and mitre fence and is suitable for end grain work and mitres.

The Axminster sander has two 45 mm diameter dust extraction outlets to help you keep your workshop clean. The item comes with a sanding belt and disc.

This is a powerful well-built mini belt and disc sander, ideal for the small workshop.

Clarke CS4-6D 4" x 36" Belt and Disc Sander

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  • Cast iron construction
  • 370-Watt motor
  • Takes 100mm (4") belts and 150mm (6") sanding discs
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Clarke CS4-6D 4" x 36" Belt and Disc Sander Review

The Clarke Woodwork Belt and Disc Sander has a 370-Watt motor, a cast iron frame and is suitable for use with wood, most plastics and non-ferrous metals.

This durable bench belt and disc sander has a robust cast iron construction for stability and durability. The sanding belt can be adjusted anywhere from horizontal to vertical, making this a very versatile tool. The belt runs at 450 m/min and the disc rotates at 2,850 rpm, so it powers through tough sanding projects. The sander has a disc diameter of 150 mm and a belt size of 100 x 914 mm.

The bench sander features a finger guard on the belt and a locking on/off switch for added safety. It also has a 63.5 mm dust port.

This is a solid disc and belt sander that should provide many years of use. Furthermore at this price point it offers excellent value for money.

Belt and Disc Sander Buyer’s Guide

Power

Benchtop belt and disc sanders require high-powered motors to turn the sanding belts and discs fast enough for the quick and efficient removal of surplus material.

A 370-Watt motor like that in the Lumberjack BD370 Combination Belt and Disc Sander is powerful enough for most heavy-duty sanding tasks. Lower powered machines like the Axminster Craft AC125BDS 1″ x 30″ Mini Belt and Disc Sander are perfect for smaller jobs such as furniture making and other crafts.

Some disc and belt sanders have an induction motor. These have a rugged construction, are reliable and require minimal maintenance.

Build quality

Benchtop disc and belt sanders like the Clarke Woodwork Belt and Disc Sander often have a cast iron base that keeps them stable in use. Some belt disc sanders can be screwed to a workbench for extra stability.

The best belt and disc sanders also have bearing-mounted drive pulleys that make them very smooth and quiet in operation.

Dust extraction

Bench belt sanders feature a dust extraction port that can be used with your workshop dust extraction system. Check that the bench sander you choose has the right size port for your system or that adaptors are available.

Safety

You should always wear a dust mask and safety glasses when using a belt and disc sander as they can eject a lot of dust and debris.

FAQ’s

What are belt and disc sanders?

Benchtop belt and disc sanders like the Sealey SM750 Belt and Disc Sander are stationary sanding machines that you use on a workbench or other stable surface. In general benchtop sanders are more powerful and have a greater sanding capacity than portable sanders. However the real advantage of bench sanders is that you can use both hands to hold the workpiece,  providing you with greater accuracy and control.

Belt and disc sanders have two sanding options. The disc sander can be used for rough shaping, end-grain work and bevels and mitres. The belt sander is used mainly for finishing. Some disc and belt sanders can also be used on non-ferrous metals and some plastics.

How do I use a disc sander?

Ensure that you are wearing a mask and safety glasses and working in a safe environment. Keep your fingers at least 4″ away from the sander. Ensure all guards are in place before beginning work.

Once it is safe to begin, turn the bench sander on and allow it to reach full speed. Place the material for sanding on the sander table. Lightly position the material against the rotating disc or belt, moving the piece from left to right at the same time. Don’t push too hard – let the bench sander do the work. Keep the material moving so that the friction doesn’t cause the wood to become hot.

Conclusion

In our opinion the Sealey SM914 Sander is the best belt and disc sander for the UK market. It is well constructed, features a powerful induction motor and is excellent value for money.

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