Craftsman Belt/Disc Sander 21516

WOOD magazine rating
Brand:
Craftsman
Model:
21516
Price:
$470

Description

Motor-Engine:
Speed Capability: Variable
Speed Range FPM: 550-2830 fpm
Speed Range RPM: 750-3600 rpm(disc), 350-1800 rpm(drum)
Horsepower, Maximum Developed: 3 hp
Convenience:
Dust Collection: Built-in
General Features:
Belt Size: 6 x 48 in.
Sander Type: Belt, drum and disc
Table Material: Cast iron(disc), cast iron(belt), cast iron(drum)
Sander Accessory:
Disc Size: 12 in.
Drum Size: 1/2 and 1 in.

WOOD magazine review

Three sanders in one

Review Summary

This tool has been discontinued by the manufacturer. High points: This multifunction machine also includes an oscillating spindle sander. Built-in dust collector works well on belt, disc, and spindle, and an integral blast gate directs suction to the sander in use. Variable-speed control allows you to choose the best belt/disc/spindle speed for the task. Belt sander arm changes easily from horizontal to vertical and back.
Low points: Although you can shut off the spindle sander when using the belt or disc, you can’t stop the belt and/or disc when using the spindle sander. Disc sander bogs down under heavy pressure, but did fine with lighter pressure. No belt guard on end roller, leaving you unprotected with the belt arm horizontal. Included miter gauge is insubstantial, and miter slots in tables are too small to accept a standard miter gauge (say, from your tablesaw). It’s a long reach from the disc to the machine’s power switch. More points: It weighs almost as much as some stationary sanders in the test. Add the optional stand for $40. Three sanders in one for this price, and with good performance on all three, makes it our Top Value.

Detailed Ratings

3.5
out of 5

Performance

3

Features

5

Ease of Use

3

Value

3

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