The Craftsman CMEW213 uses an angled track design that allows you to get the abrasive closer to mating surfaces. Another convenient feature is the adjustable, overmolded handle on the front, which makes it quite comfortable to operate.
The Jet J-41002 is designed to deal with irregular surfaces, providing miter locks for common angles, and a removable paten for unrestricted mobility. Its heavy-duty steel base and non-slip rubber feet give this model a safe and secure foundation.
The Makita 9032 boasts both speed and versatility, all wrapped up in a compact casing with adjustable belt tracking and an electronic speed control dial. It packs a considerable amount of power, while still managing to be easy to handle.
The Rikon 50-151 is designed to tilt from 0 to 45 degrees, making it an ideal choice for those looking to smooth and shape angled pieces. Its 2-inch dust port will keep sawdust from covering your workspace, and out of the machine itself.
If you do a lot of auto body work, you’ll want to have the Astro 3037 in your tool chest. It’s one of the best models you’ll find for grinding down welds and eliminating burrs, and the 360-degree-adjustable arm allows you to get to hard-to-reach places with ease.
With a molded rubber handle and knob, the Triton T41200BS provides a safe and secure grip during operation. Its rear-mounted dust port doesn’t obscure your view of the workspace, and the included clamps allow you to attach the unit to your workbench if you like.
The Makita 9403 is one of the quietest models around, producing a mere 84 decibels even when working under load. Its quality construction includes a motor that is sealed to prevent contamination, providing both reliability and safety.
Shop Fox W1855
The Shop Fox W1855 is a stationary model with a powerful, 1/2-horsepower induction motor, which means that it can run almost indefinitely. The included disc wheel is great for cleaning up the sides of both wood and metal parts.
The soft grips on the Metabo SB8V2 make it comfortable for all-day use, so it’s good for professionals. It has a useful tracking window, so you can see what you’re doing and how the belt is faring without having to stop working.
The center-mounted motor on the Makita 9903 makes it well-balanced, and the convenient handle on the front provides excellent control. It’s powerful enough to chew through wood quickly, while still being suitable for more precise detailing.