Erbauer ERB378SDR 1200W Compact 4" Belt Sander 230-240V
Cracking Belt Sander
Does exactly what it's meant to.
Couldn't afford the more expensive brands and find it hard to believe that they would be worth the extra money.
Like previous Erbauer purchases, this feels well built, comfortable to hold and reliable. Working with green oak beams to remove bandsaw marks etc., and "finishing" sawn oak boards for oak framed extension - this sander is a "beast".
It's heavy/substantial (you would struggle to use this single-handed or above your head) but just let it sit on the piece with its own weight and its works perfectly - "eats" through material effortlessly and is easy to work with. Has already paid for itself is time and effort saved.
10 Jul 2015
She's a Beast!
This sander has one speed setting set to "Eat Everything".
I bought this sander to do numerous jobs, striping 8 doors, a patio set, a huge dresser & multiple solid wood kitchen worktops. It's excelled at them all.
Reading the other reviews I knew this sander was going to be heavy and it is. It's nothing like a 3" sander and feels well made.
The weight helps with the sanding as hardly any pressure needs to be applied when using it, just steer.
AND you're going to need BOTH hands with this sander. She likes to pull away from you, especially if you do apply pressure when using it.
My biggest tips would be:
When it arrived the belt adjustment was way off and the belt flew off, a few twists of the left side knob and tracking it was easy.
Before using it on anything, try it out on some old stock or on a patch where no-one will see and if it's not clamped down, put at least 2 clamps on.
This sander and lower grit belts will remove a lot of material fast. In fact on the patio table top, it was sanded in minutes with a 80 grit belt, ready for a quick spin on higher grit papers with a orbital sander.
Note: Use a higher density grit paper first, several times 180 grit paper worked well, however on a really worn & water damaged kitchen work top, I ended up down at 60 grit because of the water damage (and then worked up wards).
Changing the belt is easy, tilt the sander to the left, flick the arm up and get the arrows pointing the right way and drop in, flick the arm back down again.
The dust collection is really good and the sander comes with two dust collection bags that attach to the top.
I've not used it yet with a vacuum cleaner like I have to do with the random orbital sander because the collection is so good on it.
There is no speed setting, but they got the speed just right which is a moderate speed. Any faster it would clog up easily and any slower would leave grit lines behind.
Clean up is easy. Dump the contents of the sanding bag in the bin and I found that a quick brush round with a soft bristled brush works well for the sides & belt area.
Oh and if one of the sanding belts becomes clogged up with material, such as old kitchen oil, tilt the sander on it's side and use a wire brush to clean the belt. Works a treat!
There are two negatives I can think of:
1. If you were going to be using this to sand a floor (which it would eat for breakfast and ask for seconds, 3rds and then "where is dinner?") is that the belt doesn't go right up to the outside edge as others have noted.
2. The carry bag is really well made, my only slight niggle is that the top flap with the velcro on it could have been an inch longer so it's easier to close. And yea that's a minor one :)
Would I buy it again?
Its by far my favourite purchase this year. It's a beast and is perfect for the grunt work, finish with higher grit papers on a smaller sander and I've been really impressed with the results.
19 Jun 2015
I have bought several Erbaur tools now and I am never disappointed with the performance and quality - highly delighted
4 Mar 2015
when i received this product it was larger than i thought it would be and when i put it to use.
powerful or what it took of like a rocket. and the results where better than i expected.it's a perfect tool 10 out of 10
25 Dec 2014