Bosch Belt Sander archive
Tuesday 4 December 2012
Hold on tight as we go for a spin with this Bosch sander and give it a belting. Will it leave all the other machines for dust? Anthony Bailey gives it to you straight!
It is somewhat surprising that given the extraordinary range and variety of Bosch Blue power tools, the GBS 75 AE belt sander is currently the sole example of a belt sander. One would expect it to have a 100mm belt width big brother, as rather a lot depends on the performance of this machine, when the competition such as Makita have always fielded wider belt models. Narrow machines generally work well but you can easily dig ruts if you aren't careful.
The outfit comes complete with a static sanding base which the belt sander is fitted into, so it is rigidly fixed either horizontally or vertically.
Two clamps then hold the base down to the bench top or Workmate. In this mode you can also add the supplied longitudinal fence which can be tilted for bevel sanding. The variable speed control is located in the switch trigger which can be locked on.