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Buying a Sander

There are many essential tools when it comes to woodworking, but a good cordless or corded power sander always comes in handy for novice and advanced projects alike. Whether you're working on a homemade desk or a newly constructed cabinet, this helpful device gives any item a smooth and professional finish. Before deciding which one is right for you, consider which types of sanders cater to your specific tasks.

Types of Sanders

Belt Sanders

These sanders are ideal for creating professional-grade finishes on medium and heavy-duty projects.

  • Doors and tabletops - These devices are ideal for finishing medium or heavy-duty wooden objects. This typically works well on thick tabletops and doors that require smooth finishes.
  • Removing old finish - Stripping paint off old wood requires plenty of strength. Belt sanders are strong enough to remove old finish off anything from panels to large floorboards.

Standard & Random Orbital Sanders

Orbital sanders, which move in a circular motion, are available with square and rounded sanding pads. Standard orbital models features square pads, and random orbital sanders feature rounded pads.

  • Variety of materials - Both types of orbital sanders are versatile, meaning you can finish almost any metal or wooden object with one.
  • Sanding paint off furniture - The lightweight design of standard and random orbital sanders gives you ample power and control to touch up a layer of paint with a handheld device.

Inline Sanders

Inline sanders, also known as detail sanders, are perfect for finishing hard-to-reach areas.

  • Corners and tight areas - Inline sanders have long or triangular-shaped pads that can usually squeeze into difficult spots, such as corners and edges.
  • Grooves - If you're finishing cabinets, chair spindles or pleated designs on wooden furniture, these types of sanders are specially shaped to work on those tough spots.

Bench Sanders

Bench sanders are ideal for advanced woodworking projects.

  • Skilled woodworkers - If you consistently work on complex or commercial woodworking projects, bench-top models are a perfect option. Some models come with both belt and disc-style sanders to finish all types of wooden objects.
  • Sanding down metal - Bench sanders are constructed with sturdy support legs and large belts. This sturdy design makes finishing complex pieces of metal much easier than with other models.
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Features of Sanders

Dust Collection

  • Particulate separation - Some sanders have special systems that separate dust from air before recirculating.
  • Dust shrouds - Dust shrouds and ports provide connections to wet or dry vacuums to pull away debris as you work.
  • Bags - Dust collecting systems can come in either a space-saving bag or an easy-to-clean hard-shell container.

Advanced Features

  • Padded grips - Certain sanders come with specially padded grips to help keep your hand comfortable while you work.
  • Vibration reduction - Some advanced models offer vibration reduction technology that decreases movement, making the devices easier to operate.
  • Trigger locks - Locking triggers lock a sander into position, allowing you comfortably change the position of your hands once the sander is working.