I have a small handheld Porter Cable power belt sander that uses 2 1/2" X 14" belts. It handled the job fairly well however it does run through the belts (I figured out why) and it gets a little hot to hold after a few hours of continuous sanding. As for the belts, they are only available at Lowe's in our area. Home Depot doesn't appear to carry this sander and therefore doesn't choose to stock the belts for it. I bought all the belts I could at our local Lowe's and ended up at another one about 10 miles away after I ran out of belts. It appears that the only thing that Lowe's carries is an assortment of belts, three to a package. You get 50/80/120 grit in the assortment and the 120 may as well be plain paper when it comes to sanding paint on a house. 50 grit works great and the 80 grit can deal with it but it doesn't last as long as the 50 grit. Going to my son's place of work, Amazon, I see that I can purchase sandpaper belts in specific grits to fit this unit but it is too late now since I have but one small section to finish.
After the sander hits the siding we have the following results. It does a good job of getting rid of the flaking paint and makes quick work of feathering all those nasty holes.
Speaking of Honey, she was attacked by another much small dog on Monday. A Yorkshire put some teeth marks in her, bruised her and chewed at one rear leg. Needless to say she spent the day at the vet. Mia said it was totally unprovoked and she had to kick the other dog to get it to let go. The owner was very apologetic and even paid for our vet bill. She is on light duty and healing nicely. She is very apprehensive when walking around the neighborhood especially when she gets near the area where she was attacked.
I promised Zach we would be over about 10 am so I best close for now and get my butt moving.
Hope everyone is having a good time.