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.

The verdict

The Triton was pretty well behaved. The tracking kept the belt in place. There was plenty of power and start up was fast but not sudden. The small front roller allows reasonably close working to vertical surfaces. Dust extraction worked OK but not perfectly. In short, not bad at all.

Tegan Foley

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At A Glance

Magnesium casting
Power-on indicator
Inversion clamps available
Sanding frame available soon

The Numbers

Model: TA1200BS belt sander
Input power: 1200W
No-load speed: 200-400 m/min
Belt size: 75 x 533mm
Weight: 4kg
Typical price: £176.25 inc VAT

Where To Buy

pros & cons
Good results
Flush side working
Standard belt size
Extraction not perfect
A little on the pricey side

5 Star Rating

Value for money ***
Performance ****
Build quality ****