Central Machinery 1 x 30″ Bench-Top Belt Sander Review

Here’s my review of the Central Machinery 1 x 30″ bench-top belt sander from Harbor Freight tools.

I got this tool in 2002 when it was on sale for $19.99. I used a 20% off coupon and got it for $15.99. As I recall, the retail price at the time was $34.99. At the time of this writing, it’s $54.99, but they still go on sale for $19.99 and 20% off coupons are still around.

I run a small fabrication shop in Sacramento, CA, and this is arguably the handiest tool in the shop. I use it every day! I sharpen knives, chisels, and pencils with it. I sand off the ends of cut threads and deburr cut metal with it. I even use it to sharpen drill bits and chamfer cut wood. When a grinder or a saw is just too much, this is just right. This is the first belt sander I ever owned, and while I’ve since bought a Ridgid oscillating belt sander, this has not outlived its usefulness. It even has a place to plug in a vacuum for dust collection.

I originally bought this when I was doing a lot of wood carving and needed an easy way to smooth off my knife marks. It quickly became the way I sharpen my carving knives too. Recently it quit working on me and I noticed the power switch was quite warm. Upon further investigation, I discovered that after 14 years, the power switch went bad. I could have taken my 20% off coupon to Harbor Freight and got a new one, but fixing it was well within my capabilities and gave me subject matter for a YouTube video. You can see the repair video below.

This thing is really handy and if it ever dies in some way I can’t repair, I’m definitely buying another! Of course, I’ll wait till it’s on sale and use a 20% off coupon.

Belt Sander 1'' x 30''

$59.99  in stock
7 new from $59.99
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Central Machinery 1 x 30" Bench-Top Belt Sander Review Amazon.com
as of January 21, 2020

Features

  • 1" x 30" Bench-top Belt Sander
  • 1/3-HP motor that moves at up to 3400 RPM for fast stock removal
  • 1" x 30" sanding belt, 80-grit
  • Adjustable belt tracking
  • Table dimensions: 5-1/16" W x 5-1/8" L Overall dimensions: 9" W x 11-1/8" L x 13-1/2" H

EX ELECTRONIX EXPRESS Mini 1 x 30 Belt Sander 3400 RPM

$79.99  out of stock
1 new from $79.99
2 used from $77.23
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Central Machinery 1 x 30" Bench-Top Belt Sander Review Amazon.com
as of January 21, 2020

Features

  • Belt Sander Size: 1" x 30"
  • Vacuum Diameter: 1-3/4"
  • Power: 120 VAC, 60Hz, 3.0 AMP, 360 Watts
  • Motor: 1/3 HP @ 3400 RPM
  • Table Size: 5" x 5" ; Table Tilt: 0 ~ 45º

4" x 36" Belt 6" Disc Sander Belt/Disc

$95.00
$75.47  in stock
8 new from $75.47
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Central Machinery 1 x 30" Bench-Top Belt Sander Review Amazon.com
as of January 21, 2020

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Central Machinery 1 x 30" Bench-Top Belt Sander Review

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