The nicest little sander money can buy, January 3, 2000
Reviewer: "toolpig" (Troy , KS)
I could not agree more with Jim Thompson on this sander.
You can tell that alot of thought went into its design. It
is so much more useful than ordinary belt sanders. For one
thing the balance is perfect. You don't have to torque
your wrist to get it to sand level. Because of the in line
design, you can see both sides of the belt when you are
sanding. Of course you have to watch it and keep it
moving, but it's alot less work with the little Bosch than
the others. It's a little slower than the fastest sanders.
But what you sacrifice in speed, you gain in control and
accuracy. I wouldn't buy one to sand floors, but for
finish work you can't beat it. It's light enough to use
one handed if you have to. It easily becomes a table top
horizontal sander by flipping it over on its flat
top.(it's even better with the sanding frame) The dust
collection really does work. The front handle comes off
for tight spots. Belt changes are a cinch with the lever
action release. The variable speed is a lifesaver with
soft woods, detail work where you don't want to take too
much off or even rough grinding on chisels and plane
irons. I have several Belt sanders from different
manufacturers and this truly is my all time favorite.
Thoughtfully designed and precisely built, November 17,
Reviewer: Jim Thompson
This is an extremely well-designed and well-built sander.
I have used many sanders and been disappointed by poor
design and bad belt-changing clamping systems. Its
variable speed eliminates the need to press harder or
softer on the sanding surface, cutting down on the chance
of gouging material or cutting divots in the surface.
Changing the belts is easy: pull on the side lever and the
belts slip on and off. There is an belt alignment adjustor
which I set the first time I used it and haven't touched
since. The front handle is removable for sanding up to
obstructed edges. The dust bag actually works, and the
sander can be hooked up to a dust collector. Most
importantly, there are two accessories for the sander
which make it versatile. The sanding stand turns the
sander into an upside-down bench-mounted sander, and the
optional fence provides a way to easily and accurately
sand endgrain on wood. It's built in Switzerland and it
looks and feels like it was made by Swiss watchmakers.
Adequate for the money but..,
February 24, 2006
Reviewer: Robert F. Leroux "Handmade-Buy"
Light, almost too light; and relatively quiet. Not as
agressive as I would like, even with 60 grit. Dust
collection bag still obtrusive and tends to spew extra
fine dust into ones face if the unit is held at a ninety
degree angle. The angular design makes for a secure fit
upside down in a bench vise so one can hand feed smaller
pieces for shaping. I rarely use a belt sanders and then
only to hog off amounts to then use the RO sander.
Bottom line: I love Bosh anything so if I had the money I
would have spent extra to get a heavier duty machine by
I LOVE this sander (blush) :), January 9, 2006
Reviewer: R. McGowen
While I take pleasure in owning and using quality tools, I
am not one to gush or even normally write a review. That
said, I LOVE this sander. Here's why:
Well-balanced, low center of gravity. Feels right when
held, don't have to make conscious effort to hold true.
Variable speed. Note: Variable, NOT multiple speed. Speed
varies infinitely depending on trigger pressure, just like
any variable-speed drill. Speed dial on trigger acts as
speed limiter, a not-to-exceed setting. Otherwise pull
fully for max set speed and back off trigger to slow in
those must-be-careful spots, then pull fully again for max
speed. Truly intuitive, fluid.
Light weight enough to use without effort, yet heavy
enough to do its intended job. Certainly not for massive
stock removal day in and day out, but perfect for frequent
use my small shop and occasional light construction duty.
If you need a brute, buy a brute. If you don't, don't beat
yourself up with one. Treat yourself with this Bosch.
A dust collector that works. Very, very little on my mask
at the end of a session of sanding. Only a light powder on
the surface of the work and a coating on the sander
attracted by static. No dust laden air, no immediate
sweep-up. Empty the bag, blow off the sander, wipe the
sanded piece. Done.
Flat top and fence attachment extend its functionality,
providing a small bench top sander.
Okay, so I gushed a bit. Great tools are such a pleasure
to use and all too rare a treat.
Bosch 1274DVS 3" x 21" Dustless Variable Speed Belt
Sander, June 7, 2005
Reviewer: Robert B. Osterberg
Very well designed and manufactured machine. Balance is
near perfect, and use with one hand is comfortable and
always in control. Compared to a similar designed sander,
made by AEG, this sander is much more comfortable and
better balanced. If you are a serious woodworker, this
belt sander will spoil you. Once you use this sander, you
will not want to use a sander with a different design
best of all light duty belt sanders , May 22, 2005
Reviewer: BluesSRV "William"
I worked for years using an inexpensive belt sander with
no dust collection system to speak of , at the time none
had these .
I wanted something a bit larger and tested several newer
models out .
I found myself with a ryobi in similar design as the bosch
It was fine and I truely enjoyed the balance .
Then I had an issue with the speed control getting hot and
soon it quit and off the find another brand . This time it
was makita and a rather large 3 x 24 inch belt with one
Yes it was powerful and heavy , most of the time I felt I
would surely destroy anything and everything it came in
contact with , one moments hesistation or lack of
concentration and you found yourself with a deep grove
because it tipped . Unbalanced side set motor , some
people like these , I do not . I am all for learning to
control and use a tool but I do not stand for a tool with
a built in project distruct mechanism . Porter cable has
an old time still in production inline giant that works
very well , my father had one , just don't plug it in when
on it's feet trigger lock on , facing a double pane glass
picture window . There is no stopping it and yes it does
perform a nice mid air drive very slightly slowed by the
forced penetration of shattered glass .
I leave this Makita sander for the jobs that need alot of
fast stock removal , perhapes if I were refinishing a ship
deck this would be the tool of choice . I was informed by
the tool dealer in town this was the best sander around
and it has been around for a good long time .
I want a belt sander to smooth edges and a small to large
surfaces with confidence that's all , nothing that wants
to drag me across the work suface at the flip of a switch
This is where the bosch comes in , light and balanced ,
quiet and smooth , you are now in control not the tool .
Yes as someone else said the dust bag is not the one
pictured on the box , out of curiousity I phoned bosch and
it was politily expressed they had issues with static
electical discharges that some people using the sanders
did not understand , some people must have forgot simple
science concepts and thought they were being electrically
shocked with a high voltage .
Never the less the bosch did send me one of the original
bags along with it's fittings and I must say the new
square bag is better .
You can empty it very simply by putting a shop vac nozzle
to the plastic bag port and suck the contents out and even
if you want to do the job right shake the bag and all
comes clean . No need to play with the plastic closure
This sander does what it is designed for very very well
Light continues work with easily controlled stock
removable for the finishing of a fine wood project that
possess flat sides , not for what some find it for ,
clearing away years of warp and splinter on some rough
fashioned sun deck that can comfortably seat 120 guests .
For this type of industrial endevor get the big ones ,
that's what their function is in life .
If you are looking for a belt sander for fine furnature
work or do other work requiring precision and control and
have always stayed clear do to the fear of belt sanders
then the bosch IS without question the one , for you !
In closing , this belt sander does last and hold up very
well , I have had not one single problem with mine , it
has done alot of time saving work with me .