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Craftsman 3 x 21 in. Belt Sander, 8 amp
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Craftsman 3 x 21 in. Belt Sander, 8 amp

Item# 00911726000P | Model# 11726 | Added on July 26, 2010 | Seller: Sears.com
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3 x 21 in. Belt Sander Powers Through Tough Jobs
Smoothing things over in real life is rarely simple, but this Craftsman 8 Amp Belt Sander obliterates obstacles with ease in all realms project-related. Whether you're a handyman by trade or simply a hobbyist, this single-speed sander puts the power in your hands with 1300 fpm and a 3 x 21 in. belt that levels the playing field-and pretty much everything else in its path-again and again. Dust bag and sandpaper are included with this powerful Craftsman sander, so you'll have everything you need to get started on that pressing client project or DIY home improvement.
This 3 x 21 in. Belt Sander includes plenty of features designed to help you get the job done in safety and convenience, including flush sanding on one side and lever belt release for easy belt changes. The on-off trigger with lock-on puts you in total control, while an eight-foot cord with cord clip gives you a long leash to work with.

  • This Craftsman 8 Amp Belt Sander puts all the power in your hands with its eight-amp motor/engine
  • Single-speed capacity delivers 1300 fpm for all the smoothing power your next job requires
  • Lever belt release for easy belt changes
  • Flush sanding on one side
  • Trigger with lock-on gives you more control
  • Eight-foot cord with cord clip adds convenience and gives you room to roam
  • Includes dust bag and sandpaper
  • Product weight: 8.94 lbs.
  • Belt size: 3 x 21 in.
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6 found this review helpful
by RicB
August 2nd, 2013
Seems well made

I am in the process of removing a 60 year accumulation of exterior paint from an old building. During the previous re-paints, it had never been properly prepped and was a real mess. About 2000 sq ft of wood siding (105) and trim. Pressure washing, scraping and sanding seemed to be the course to take. I started with a $25 dollar sander from **************, but the wear plate, wore out and I couldn't get a replacement. Next up was what I thought was a very well made Porter Cable 352VS. It lasted a little over an hour before the plastic fan self destructed. I've always had good luck with Craftsman tools, they aren't top of the line but they get the job done for me, so I gandered a look at this Craftsman/Ryobi EBS9576VFHG model as I didn't want anything too large for the type of work I'm doing. First off, the weight listed on this page is wrong. According to the manual, which I can't find at the moment, the weight is about 10.5 lbs, if that is a concern to you. Powerwise, I'd say it keeps up with the Porter Cable with no problem. Using a heavy 36 grit belt, I've yet to bog it down. Balance could be a bit better for fine woodworking, but for what I'm doing, I don't care. It seems to do a decent job of dust collecting. I did mange to clog it up once when a large chip of latex paint was sucked up inside of it, but that wasn't the tools fault and removal of the side cover cleared it out. I blow it out with compressed air at the end of each day and it is holding up well so far. I did start to wear through the wear plate, but thanks to Sears Parts Direct, had a new one in about a week. My one and only complaint is with the belt tracking. They have a weird design for this mechanism. It involves a spring attached between the adjustment **** you see on the top of the housing and the roller. That spring allows an up and down movement of the roller if too much pressure is applied to the front roller. That is why the manual has a warning against doing this as it will throw the tracking off. Working horizontally or on a bench top, this would probably not be a problem, but it you are having to work in odd positions it might. If they would use a solid bolt rather than a spring, the way they've done on the 4" Craftsman Pro model, it would help to eliminate this. Would be 5 stars if not for this one problem. Overall though, I am happy with this model so far and don't know of anything close to this for the price.

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by mp75
March 19th, 2012
8amp belt eater

I bought this sander to sand down my front patio which the previous owner just continued schlepping more and more paint on. Now all our that paint is peeling off. I bundled this with a five pack of belts. Off to start the job.... started sanding and quickly broke a belt. Tracking was off and it shredded to the motor side. Okay fix tracking on the next belt once I put it on. Sand for a bit and another belt beaks. Not tracking this time. Put on another that breaks quickly. Lather rinse and repeat, my five pack is exhausted before finishing a single 4x4x8 post. I chalk it up to sears belts. Off to the local helpful plACE for more belts. Sand almost an entire post before breaking my first belt. Put on a new one which quickly breaks. Finally I realize the front wheel is scorching hot, hot enough that you can't keep a finger on for a second. This is probably a great light duty, non-continous use sander.

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tomass

Realize what your buying.

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I bought this sander for what it is, a great sander for under $100. After reading other reviews, people are expecting more out of this sander than I would a $200 unit, The under $100 sanders are not going to hold up to continuous abuse and industrial work. This is the best under $100 sander I have used.

One big issue with many belt sanders is balance, many want to tilt to one side, typically when belt sanding you don't have much room for error. This sander sits stable and balances well.

As with any belt sander, you need to adjust the tracking on your belt and make sure it is lined up and does not veer off. On this sander that can be a little tricky and not hold the tracking so you need to keep an eye on it. I have only had very expensive sanders not need to be treated this way.

Power is good. It's first job was taking down high spots on OSB before underlayment went over it. OSB is not the easiest sanding wood out there and this little guy did a great job. You do need to check the dust bag, when taking off lots of wood, it will fill quick.

You can't go wrong with this sander for it's price point.

September 10th via sears.com
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CrafterinTexas

Powerful tool

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A powerful tool that knocked my sanding time in half. It took a like while to get the hang of it since I had never used a belt sander before. But once I did man, it sure made the job go a lot faster.

July 24th via sears.com
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MuttRunner

Very good sander for small jobs

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Excellent belt sander, much better than many of the low-end sanders available. Heavy construction and very strong running, you'll just need to spend a little time practicing to get a feel for balance and belt tracking. Like with any belt sander you can easily damage the wood you're working on if you haven't developed some skill with the tool.

July 17th via sears.com
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kkees448

worked great. must have for DIY projects CRAFTSMAN

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May 9th via sears.com
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JAmelong

Works Great

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This is replacing my first Chraftsman belt sander that gave up after over 35 years.

January 26th via sears.com
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ppagano

Decent For Light Duty

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This belt sander has plenty of power for most jobs, both heavy and light duty, and it's plenty easy to operate and configure, but just like a lot of the other reviewers noted, the belt tracking system is bad and the dust collection system is even worse. The belts constantly drift in and out on the rollers because the spring loaded adjustment mechanism never stays locked in, causing uneven sanding and/or belt destruction, and the dust collector really only collects about 4% of the dust created. For a 1 or 2 time use, maybe for light duty only, this belt sander is probably OK. For anything more than that...I'd use a different belt sander (I still use mine fairly regularly, but having to adjust it literally every couple minutes aggravates me to no end).

December 26th, 2013 via sears.com
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lizzzard

loads fo power

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Makes quick work of any project

November 16th, 2013 via sears.com
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Speed_Racer_Mach_5

Does the job

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My brother is the carpenter of the family and he found the tool to meet his requirements to get the job done. I always lived by the creed "Right tool for the right job." This tool meets the standard.

November 4th, 2013 via sears.com
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rekbones

Works great so far

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Bought this to replace a 3X21 belt sander I bought 35yrs ago that was a JC penny brand. That JC penny sander worked great with all the power I needed was all metal and was lighter then this new one but the Transmission finally gave up sad to see it go. This one works great so far I have only used it a few times but am just starting to sand all the wood work in my great room including the stair railings. Have had no problem with tracking as others have stated just wish it was lighter.

October 26th, 2013 via sears.com
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MrSC00000000000000

Works well

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Good quality

October 20th, 2013 via sears.com
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Ph19808

3X21 belt sander

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Belt does not track well. After making the proper adjustment to align the moving belt as I start to sand, the belt drifts way off to the inside, where it gets shredded by the adjustment screw spring anchor or at least 1/2 in. outside the sander. This spring adjustment design has too much play to maintain any set adjustment. I will be returning it

October 9th, 2013 via sears.com
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ROBERT STEPHENS
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October 4th, 2013
djp1997

Gets the job done

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It had been a while since I used this & I had a big job to do. My first belt shredded and I could not find the manual anywhere so I went on-line & read about the tracking adjuster. Once armed with this information it was a quick turn of the adjuster & I had no more problems with shredding. It made a tough job easy and got the job done!

August 18th, 2013 via craftsman.com
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manlysears1

clogged intake for dust unable to clean

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Like the speed at which it sands, but belt tracking is spring loaded and doesn't hold true. would recommend if you could clean out dust intake

August 12th, 2013 via sears.com
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RicB

Seems well made

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I am in the process of removing a 60 year accumulation of exterior paint from an old building. During the previous re-paints, it had never been properly prepped and was a real mess. About 2000 sq ft of wood siding (105) and trim. Pressure washing, scraping and sanding seemed to be the course to take. I started with a $25 dollar sander from **************, but the wear plate, wore out and I couldn't get a replacement. Next up was what I thought was a very well made Porter Cable 352VS. It lasted a little over an hour before the plastic fan self destructed. I've always had good luck with Craftsman tools, they aren't top of the line but they get the job done for me, so I gandered a look at this Craftsman/Ryobi EBS9576VFHG model as I didn't want anything too large for the type of work I'm doing. First off, the weight listed on this page is wrong. According to the manual, which I can't find at the moment, the weight is about 10.5 lbs, if that is a concern to you. Powerwise, I'd say it keeps up with the Porter Cable with no problem. Using a heavy 36 grit belt, I've yet to bog it down. Balance could be a bit better for fine woodworking, but for what I'm doing, I don't care. It seems to do a decent job of dust collecting. I did mange to clog it up once when a large chip of latex paint was sucked up inside of it, but that wasn't the tools fault and removal of the side cover cleared it out. I blow it out with compressed air at the end of each day and it is holding up well so far. I did start to wear through the wear plate, but thanks to Sears Parts Direct, had a new one in about a week. My one and only complaint is with the belt tracking. They have a weird design for this mechanism. It involves a spring attached between the adjustment **** you see on the top of the housing and the roller. That spring allows an up and down movement of the roller if too much pressure is applied to the front roller. That is why the manual has a warning against doing this as it will throw the tracking off. Working horizontally or on a bench top, this would probably not be a problem, but it you are having to work in odd positions it might. If they would use a solid bolt rather than a spring, the way they've done on the 4" Craftsman Pro model, it would help to eliminate this. Would be 5 stars if not for this one problem. Overall though, I am happy with this model so far and don't know of anything close to this for the price.

August 2nd, 2013 via sears.com
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Dougyfd

Excellent sander

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I used this to sand a 32x16 deck . It worked as well as a porter cable that cost twice as much. Powerful & tracked very straight with minimal adjustments needed

July 24th, 2013 via sears.com
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BeenThereLots

Updated Belt Sander unsteady performer in several ways.

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I have a previous Sears model of this sander. It still works, but I wanted one for a large piece of work, so got this one. The belt goes around and it is slightly quieter. But: it is not as well balanced even with both hands it pulls and wobbled unless it is held extremely carefully. This makes for an uneven sanding pattern. Plus: the front roller for the belt previously was aluminum and all one diameter. It worked well. The new front roller is wood(!) and larger diameter in the center going to smaller diameter at the sides. Yes, this makes sense - theoretically - to help hold the belt centered. In practice though, even with a higher quality belt, it tends to need several adjustments to keep it centered in a ten minute sanding period. Oh well, I guess the designers were trying to cut cost and probably not even one of them actually tried sanding with it in a working model before production. The best feature is the belt tension release is easy to use.

July 12th, 2013 via sears.com
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Oldbill65

Great belt sander

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I used it to level the top of a chess board. Worked perfectly did not dig in. Very happy with it!!!

July 11th, 2013 via sears.com
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dundeewd

Belt Tracking Terrible

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Unable to maintain belt tracking. Sander ate belts almost as fast as I put them on. Gave up after sanding about 30 sq ft of douglas fir.
Also bag leaked like a sieve.

March 24th, 2013 via sears.com
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February 17th, 2013
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