Sanding may well be one of the most tedious tasks ever invented, if all you have is some paper and a sanding block. But like many things in life, it gets a whole lot more fun when power tools are involved.  Whether you’re doing up old furniture, preparing decking boards for staining or removing horrible varnish from hardwood flooring, a belt sander can make short work of even the biggest tasks. In some cases you might even get away without having to hire an industrial model at great expense. What makes the best belt sander? Power always helps if you’re tackling really tough jobs, but sometimes a small sanding area is a bonus if you plan to do more detailed work. A sander that can be mounted to a workbench is a boon for keen woodworkers, and the ability to attach a vacuum cleaner is a big help for indoor jobs.  Don’t just look at the sticker price (or pay the RRP: sanders are often discounted massively, especially if a newer model is coming up): check the cost and availability of the sanding belts too. You’ll be going through a lot of them. This typically well thought out device from Bosch is designed to be used however you like: upside down, against walls, on the ground… it’s ha...