Product Type: Bosch Grinder / Sander
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Good but loud
Bosch PBS 75 Belt Sander
Member Name: mike0910
Bosch PBS 75 Belt Sander
Date: 08/07/02, updated on 23/02/03 (1637 review reads)
Advantages: Very fast sanding, Quick grit change, Reliable
The Bosch PBS75 is a DIY rated 75mm belt sander with a 710W motor and a diecast base. It has in-line handles and the motor is mounted along the body, which makes it rather long and thin, compared to other belt sanders. The right-hand side has no projections beyond the edge of the belt, so it can sand right up to the skirting board, for example.
The left hand side has a tracking control, belt housing and dust extraction port. There are a few lugs for fitting extra-cost accessories such as a fence or a sanding frame (used to limit the depth of cut for precision work). It can be mounted upside down on the bench, if you need to take the work to the sander.
It's a medium size sander, suited to carpentry and joinery use. You probably wouldn't want to sand a floor with it (unless you had too much time on your hands and very tough knees).
As far as I recall it came with one 80 grit belt and a dust bag. I made a simple bench stand for it, although you can buy the real thing from a Bosch dealer. I bought a parallel guide (fence), which works fine but doesn't get much use really.
Belt sanders are excellent for removing a lot of timber quickly, although it is all too easy to take off too much or leave deep score marks when using a coarse belt. Some practice is necessary before tackling an important job. Good quality belts last well, and benefit from the use of a cleaning block to remove paint or resin residues.
Belt changing is very quick and easy, but remember to load the belt the right way round (look for the arrows). Tracking works well, with a simple manual adjustment: don't forget to check that the belt is running centrally from time to time.
Dust collection into the supplied bag is fairly efficient, but the rather small duct in the body can occasionally get blocked and needs sucking clear with a vacuum cleaner. Not really a problem.
There is an industrial version which looks very s
imilar (apart from the colour: blue) but has a low friction slip plate, alloy rollers and probably other internal improvements. Nonetheless, the DIY version is not at all shabby; it is well made, sufficiently powerful and quite robust.
My PBS75 belt sander has worked very well and has given me no trouble, but I have to say that it is extremely noisy. So you'll need ear defenders, and you may need to apologise to the neighbours too.