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Metabo HPT 36V Cordless Belt Sander

The Metabo HPT 36V Belt Sander Lets You Retire Your Old School Coreded Model

Many cordless tools on the market today are simply upgraded replacements for their corded counterparts. Cordless tools are much more convenient because there are no messy cords to contend with but Pros still want that corded level of performance they’ve come to expect. The Metabo HPT 36V Belt Sander is their latest solution to replace corded belt sanders. Check out the details and see if it has what you need to cut the cord.

  • No-Load Speed: 0-400/1475 ft-min
  • Belt Size: 3 x 21 in.
  • Speed Settings: 5 standard modes, Auto
  • Motor Type: Brushless

The Metabo HPT cordless belt sander features an approachable entry-level design for everyday Pro-level woodworking projects. Its brushless motor matches the top speed of their 9-amp corded model and the cordless model includes five standard speed settings and a soft-start Auto mode. For added convenience, there’s a lock-on button to give your trigger finger a break during extended use.

Dial Setting Belt Speed
1 400 ft/min
2 710 ft/min
3 1,020 ft/min
4 1,320 ft/min
5 1,475 ft/min
Auto 400 ft/min (no load), 1,475 ft/min (under load)
Metabo HPT 36V Belt Sander

This sander includes an 80-grit belt to get you started. I took off about a 1/4-inch of material across our white pine test lumber in just under a minute with the kitted belt. This just goes to the power behind this tool. All in all, if you’re looking to cut the cord then this is an excellent cordless alternative.

Metabo HPT 36V Belt Sander Design Notes

Metabo HPT 36V Belt Sander
  • Model: Metabo HPT SB3608DA
  • Power Source: Metabo HPT 36V battery or AC Adapter
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs. (bare), 9.4 lbs. (with 2.5Ah battery)
  • Length: 12.7 in.
  • Height: 7.8 in.
  • Width: 5.9 in

The Metabo HPT SB3608DA has a pretty traditional look that doesn’t stray too far from their corded model. The main handle and front pommel grip are draped with a textured rubber overmold to help maintain a secure hold while sanding sheet goods.

To keep things user-friendly, Metabo HPT opted to go with a tool-free belt change system. Simply slide the tensioner lever out 90 degrees away from the tool body to remove and replace your 3×21-inch sanding belt.

Adjusting the belt tracking is very straightforward. Simply turn the dial on the front to make minute adjustments to help keep the belt centered on the rollers.

Metabo HPT 36V Belt Sander

The Metabo HPT belt sander includes an effective dust collection system, too. The rear-facing dust port is compatible with their dust collection bag as well as the included vacuum hose adapter. This affords you a few options to collect dust and maintain a cleaner work area.

Additional Features

  • Compatible with all Metabo HPT MultiVolt batteries and AC adapter

The Metabo HPT 36V Cordless Belt Sander retails for $169 as a bare tool and comes with a 5-year warranty. At the time we’re writing this, there are no kit options available so be sure to pick up a battery and charger if you’re not already on the Metabo HPT MultiVolt platform.

The Bottom Line

The Metabo HPT 36V Cordless Belt Sander offers plenty of power for tackling tough sanding projects. The biggest obstacle you’re likely to face is runtime. However, this sander is compatible with Metabo HPT’s AC adapter for those bigger jobs. Whether you’re just getting your start in woodworking or you’re a seasoned Pro, this belt sander has the power and features to handle whatever you throw at it.