Triton TA1200BS Belt Sander archive
Friday 20 August 2010
Anthony Bailey gets in a spin over this power tool
Triton Tools from Australia have seen a change in their fortunes since the company changed hands a while ago. We are seeing the launch of an ever-wider range of tools to challenge competitors. With their bright orange and shiny magnesium livery, they look set to stay.
We fancied trying out the TA1200BS belt sander, a funky, heavy-built piece of kit. It is long and solid with a tough plastic upper casing and rubber overmoulds on all grip surfaces. The lower body is spray-finished magnesium, chosen for strength and lightness, apparently. A large loop lever is used to easily slacken off the belt for changing, while a rubber-covered knob on the side is used to adjust the tracking. At the rear is the switch trigger with an on-lock for continuous working - it favours right handers, but me being a leftie, I still managed to press it on perfectly well with the side of my hand. Just below is a six-stage speed wheel, while on the opposite side is the narrow dust outlet which takes either the included dustbag or an extraction spout with a narrow adaptor. The toothed drive belt hides under a removable cover and a spare is included in the box. The front handle has a snap-down lever to unlock it and the handle tilted up or down to suit - in the downward direction a little force is required.
On one side of the machine are two threaded holes and cast guides which I think must be for their soon-to-arrive sanding frame - useful to stop this narrow gauge belt digging into your work.