I'm thinking about getting a belt sander from Harbor Freight. It
requires a 1" x 30" belt. In addition to sanding, I'd like to use
it for smoothing. I'd like to find finer grits than 180 in that
size belt (320, 400, 600).
Get with trugrit.com they carry belts up to 1000 grit for that belt
But honestly, if your looking for controlled sanding and smoothing
with a fixed speed machine that runs as fast as that one does, your
going to be hard pressed to keep things under control, especially on
Yes the Wolf sander is more expensive, and the belts are relatively
expensive for what they are, it is a great tool to have. The ability
to vary the belt speed is a HUGE bonus, this alone will trump larger
fixed speed machines.
Anyhoo, trugrit has what you need, have fun.