– Ben Martens

Belt/Disc Sander

There’s a new tool in my workshop and it has already been extremely useful. It’s a bench-sized combination belt and disc sander. There are a LOT of companies that sell the exact same product (with their own color scheme and logo), but I got a Ryobi. One of my favorite features is that it has a built-in dust collection port which is perfectly sized to accept a shop vac hose. Collecting dust from a sanding tool is pretty tricky, but even if it gets some of the dust it will be helpful.

It’s definitely in the entry-level category, but for my shop size and my projects, I think it’s going to do just fine. I do a lot with my 5” random orbit sander, but there are lots of times when I need to hold the work piece stationary and let the sandpaper move over it instead of vice versa.