Sander buying guide
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds51 guides
- Plate shape
- Sanding motion
- Type of work
Which sander for which task?
Take on heavy duty tasks like sanding shutters with a belt sander.
Curved shapes are sanded with an eccentric sander or an orbital sander.
Sanding up high is done with a wall sander or a giraffe sander and the Parquet flooring with a parquet.
Finishes? A vibrating sander is the tops!
Why choose a belt sander?
The belt sander is powerful and noisy, it should be used with both hands as it weighs between 4 and 8 kilos and raises large clouds of dust! This sander will be your ally for finishing wood floors but you can also use a parquet sander that will offer better performance.
For example, it takes 3 passes from the coarsest to the finest grain, not to mention the edges.
What is an electric file?
In short, an electric file is a fine grain belt sander intended for use with hard to reach corners and depths.
The electric file is lighter and more manageable but should be saved for precision work rather than large projects.
Why choose an eccentric sander?
For coarser work and for pre-finishing. Thanks to its turning plate - up to 15 000 rpm, enough to take you for a spin! - the eccentric sander is suitable for flat or curved surfaces and offers high-quality results.
Professionals and sanding crews general prefer compressed air sanders, models specially designed for regular, long-term work.
What is an orbital sander?
The advantage? With the combination of two movements, rotating and oscillating, it’s more efficient and versatile.
The orbital sander is particularly suited for coarse sanding and pre-finishing. Pneumatic models are also available for the pros and the sanding enthusiasts! I love it!
What other functions for disc sanders are there?
For those of you who only want to polish, find a polisher instead!
For geometry aces: Disc sanders are unsuitable on angles.
Vibrating sander: the ultimate sanding machine
Suction sander: useful option or not?
On vacuum sanders, the vacuum tube is connected. You have to check that your tip is compatible with the intake system.
If you work alone with a volatile or dangerous substance, a vacuum sander is recommended in addition to wearing protective respiratory equipment.
The work surface remains clean and at the same time, the risk of inhalation and respiratory problems is reduced.
Especially suitable for sanding of harmful materials or working in enclosed spaces.
What is the wall sander and the giraffe?
The wall sander is specially designed for vertical use. Its true value is demonstrated working on arched doorways between two rooms. Its weight is adapted to suit its use, between 2.5 and 5 kilos maximum – this provides a great opportunity to boost your endurance!
Some wall sanders have a telescopic pole to save you having to work on a step or stepladder, which has earned them the sweet nickname of giraffe sander, because of their long neck!
Attention: the total weight can go up to 12 kilos. Just look at this as an opportunity to combine bodybuilding and DIY! Perfect for sanding plaster and joints.
Be careful never to press the tape and opt for a suction system combined with anti-fouling paper.
Does power matter in choosing a sander?
This is the type of sander that is most important as each appliance is used for a given task and a specific material.
There are models that require less than 100 Watts and others that require more than 1200 Watts!
Remember that the finer the work, the less powerful or heavy the sander needs to be.
The number of revolutions per minute is also a good indicator and a good point of comparison when making your selection.
What options are there for sanders?
Checklist of things to consider:
Suction or Filter Cassette?
Wired or Battery Powered?
Sander: tips and tricks to know
Keep the sander moving along the surface as you work, otherwise, you are sure to miss a spot!
Pauline, Self-taught handyman, Leeds 51 guides écrits
With a handyman-father, I grew up with the soft sound of the sander and hammer on weekends.
I am both manual and cerebral (yes, it is possible.), I learned the basics of DIY and the customization of furniture because I was passionate. The salvage mentality is a true way of life that allowed me to know how to use all the tools and products needed to give something a second life, from sander to varnish.
I have two favorite activities: the transformation of old furniture and decoration tips. I am always ready to lend a helping hand to revamp a table or to restore a mirror that was intended for the trash that will become a friend’s centerpiece.
I’m convinced that it’s possible to reinvent an interior by small, regular modifications, I constantly research low-cost, test ideas.
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