The Sears Craftsman 11726 isn’t the only 3×21 model that Sears makes. The other one, model #11722, looks like a clone of the Black & Decker “Dragster,” so I chose not to include it in this review. The 11726 doesn’t have the fancy features found on other models, but is a solid, affordable belt sander with an all-reinforcedplastic body and an 8-amp, non-variable-speed motor. I really liked the Craftsman sander’s handles: The rear handle’s curved shape and overmolded surface are comfortable to grip, and the single-finger trigger is shaped and positioned just right. Like the Black & Decker, this unit has a rubber-covered alloy rear roller and a plastic front roller, although the 11726’s two rollers are the same size. One unique feature is the Craftsman’s belt-tracking adjustment knob, which is located atop the belt housing, just below the front handle.
The knob is very handy to use, especially when you need to tweak belt tracking during sanding. I also liked the 11726’s belt tension release mechanism, which features a wide plastic lever that’s easy to get two fingers under. For dust collection, a smallish canvas bag slides onto a plastic port, which also accepts a small-diameter hose without an adapter.
Despite its no-frills character, I was pleasantly surprised at the unit’s overall performance. It stayed well balanced during most operations and offered decent power; even when pushed, it removed stock with gusto.