Which Powered Sander is Right for Your Next Project?

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There are quite a few different types of power sanders available, so how do you know which one is best for your project? These tips should help guide you along.


Do you need a random orbital sander or a belt sander? Finish quarter sheet sander or precision belt sander?

For very aggressive material removal, you will need a belt sander. NEVER use a belt sander for detailed work; it is far better to remove too little and spend more time on a project than to remove too much and have to start over.

For medium sanding tasks, a random orbital sander is a good place to start. These sanders often feature 5" sanding pads, and remove wood uniformly. Just don't hold the sander in one place for too long or you'll have a very uniform depression sanded into your workpiece.

A 1/4 sheet finishing sander is great for, you guessed it - finishing work. Its square profile allows it to reach corners and edges that a random orbital sander won't be able to reach.

Black & Decker's Mouse sander is great for detailed and hobby work and can sand contours and curves with ease. The only downside is that it has a proprietary sanding pad design, making 3rd party accessories difficult to find.



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