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A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Sander - Sears

A Beginner's Guide to Buying a Sander

No project is done until all the hard edges and rough spots have been smoothed out. A quality sander will help you give all of your pojects a smooth and professional finish. There's a variety of sander types to help you work the way you like. Don't let a stray splinter get in the way of enjoying your new chair or bookshelf. Let's take a look so you can start putting the finishing touches on your latest project.

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Types of Sanders

Belt Sanders

Featuring a powerful motor powering a continuous wheel of sandpaper, these models are made to sand down extremely rough material typically early on in a project.

Benefits & Uses of Belt Sanders...

  • 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.


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Random Orbital Sanders

Random orbital sanders, which move in a circular motion, are available with square and rounded sanding pads. They're designed to have the power of a belt sander, but move in a way that the abbrasive material always travels in a new path so you get a smooth, even finish.

Benefits & Uses of Orbital Sanders...

  • 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.


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Detail Sanders

These low-profile sanders are made to put the finishing touches on any project. Plus, their build is made to get into hard to reach places that a standard sander can't reach.

Benefits & Uses of Detail Sanders...

  • Corners and tight areas - Detail or sheet sanders have square 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.


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Bench Sanders

Bench Sanders

A bench sander is a stationary tool that typically had two different sanding surfaces. One acts much like a belt sander and the other is a disc sander that runs on the side.

Benefits & Uses of Bench Sanders...

  • 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.
  • Accuracy - Their stability, table and miter gauge allow you to sand down pieces with extreme accuracy to ensure you only take off material in the area you need.


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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.
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sander convenience 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.