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Best Corded Sander 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

Shopping for the best corded sander for you is not always that easy. This is because there are so many corded sanders out right now that you may not know where to begin looking. Here is where we think we can lend you a bit of a helping hand. We have done some research and come up with what we think are five of the best corded sanders around. This will hopefully make your search so much easier so you can get on will all of those jobs that need doing.

So, What are the products on offer?

At Number One...

DEWALT D26451

The DEWALT D26451 5 Inch Random Orbit Sander is sold for approximately $106, and comes with a 3-AMP motor and a ball-bearing construction, along with a textured anti-slip top that makes using it so much easier. With dust sealed switches and a dust bag, your work area can stay clean and relatively dust-free.

Manufacture:

DEWALT

Modal:

D26451

Weight:

4.3 Pounds

Power:

3-AMP

Measuring 9.5 x 6.5 x 5.75 inches, and weighing just 4.3 pounds, the DEWALT is not the heaviest corded sander out there, and with a quick-change disc option, you can get back to work in no time at all. The vacuum adapter makes it easy to keep your work area even cleaner, and the controlled finishing system means you’ll have surfaces as smooth as you want them from the moment you switch the sander on. With a reputation for being a very reliable sander, this could be the one you need.


At Number Two...

PORTER-CABLE 7346

The PORTER-CABLE 7346 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander comes with a 4.5-Amp motor and a rugged gray finish that makes it look like it is a tough tool to work with. Sold for approximately $121, and with a 6-inch polishing pad, the PORTER-CABLE weighs 5.5 pounds, and measures 11 x 10.5 x 6 inches, making it bigger than the previous model.

Manufacture:

PORTER-CABLE

Modal:

7346

Weight:

5.5 Pounds

Power:

4.5-AMP

Made to have 22% more power, and with pad specific counterweight, if you want to get a lot of jobs done, this could be the corded sander you need.  With variable speed, and complete with a handle so you can control it better, the PORTER-CABLE has a reputation for being ideal for polishing out surfaces, and general use.


At Number Three...

Bosch ROS20VSC

The Bosch ROS20VSC Random Orbit Sander has a pleasant blue/gray finish and is sold for $70, making it the cheapest sander we have seen so far. With a 2.5-AMP motor and a canister that’s easy to twist off, you can keep your work areas a lot cleaner. The hook and loop attachment keeps the disc in place so you can work steadily and with relative ease.

Manufacture:

Bosch

Modal:

ROS20VSC

Weight:

3.5 Pounds

Power:

2.5-AMP

Measuring 5 x 9 x 6 inches, this is the smallest model so far, but its size makes it ideal for working in smaller areas, and on smaller projects. Weighing 3.5 pounds, the BOSCH ROS20VSC is easier to use for longer periods of time. With a reputation for being a sturdy yet quiet sander, if you don’t need to sand very often, this could be exactly what you need.


At Number Four...

Ryobi RS290G

The Ryobi RS290G 2.6-AMP Corded Random Orbit Sander is sold for approximately $56 and comes with an ergonomic handle which makes it a lot easier to hold than some sanders. The on/off switch is located close to the handle for convenience and the extra sanding pads that come as standard mean the sander is ready to use.

Manufacture:

Ryobi

Modal:

RS290G

Weight:

4 Pounds

Power:

2.6-AMP

Measuring 9.5 x 6.6 xn4.9 inches, and weighing just 4 pounds, the Ryobi is definitely a small but mighty tool. The dust bag helps to get rid of those pesky dust particles, making your work area a lot cleaner, and with a reputation for being a reliable but powerful sander when its size is taken into consideration, the Ryobi could be the sander you need.


At Number Five...

Makita BO4556

The Makita BO4556 2-AMP Finishing Sander is sold for approximately $44, and complete with an all-ball-bearing construction which helps to reduce the amount of vibration and noise. With a dust collector pad which helps to suck up particles, and a very conveniently located on/off switch that’s close to the handle, this relatively low price finishing sander could be ideal.

Manufacture:

Makita

Modal:

BO4556

Weight:

2.4 Pounds

Power:

2-AMP

Measuring 7.5 x 4.9 x 8.1 inches, and weighing 2.4 pounds, the sander isn’t the biggest or the heaviest on the market, but it could be ideal for occasional use and smaller jobs.  The ergonomic handle has been designed for comfort, and the switches have been sealed so they are protected from dust. The dust bag works to remove dust a lot faster so users can see what they’re doing at all times. With a reputation for being durable and a good size, this could be the sander you need.


Buying Guide…


Corded Vs Battery powered

While many people like to use battery powered tools, there is one crucial problem with them: They only work as long as you have enough power in the battery. Here is where a corded sander comes and proves that is definitely better. Corded sanders do need to be used via a power outlet, but as long as there is power you can get all of your jobs done.

Another benefit of using a corded sander as opposed to a battery powered one is that you can use it just about anywhere. Because sanders like these do not tend to be very big, you can take them from A to B, and back to A again. The power option also means that rather than having to unhinge a door that needs sanding and taking to your work space, you can take your nice new corded sander to the door, and get to work in-situ.

One last but maybe not so obvious benefit of having a corded sander is that you won’t have a separate battery and sander, which means you won’t have to hunt for a battery so that you can use your sander. All of the power that you need is right there with you, making your new corded sander a very handy tool to have.


Power

As you may have already seen, different corded sanders tend to come with different amounts of power. For example, one sander may have a 4.5-AMP motor, whereas another may have a 2.5 AMP-motor. If you would like to own a corded sander that has a lot of power, you may need to be prepared to pay a little more money. This is because you are essentially paying for more power and that more power will give you the chance to work a little quicker. However, having more power is not always a positive thing as it may mean that the work you do may not be as smooth or as accurate as that which the corded sander could give you. When it comes to choosing which sander you would like to use, you may have to choose between power and control, so perhaps a middle of the range model may be what you need.


Model

The model you may come home with could depend on a few things, how much it costs, and how often you will use a corded sander. If you don’t think that you’re going to be using your new sander very often, you won’t need to spend very much money on it. However, if it’s likely that you will use it quite a lot, then it might be worth your while spending just that little bit more. This is because some slightly more expensive sanders can be a lot more reliable, which means you could continue to work with your sander for a few more years to come.

If you would like to spend the least amount of money as possible on your new sander, then you may like to know that it is unlikely to be suitable for very heavy jobs, and for prolonged use. The fact is that if you would like a sander that will keep going for more than 30 minutes at a time, and will help you to get a lot of tough jobs done, you will need to pay at least $60 for your new sander.


Weight

Not a lot of people are aware that the weight of your sander is a big deal. Imagine having to use a very heavy sander for 2-3 hours at a time. It’s not going to be a very comfortable experience. However, if you purchase a very light corded sander then chances are it may not be tough enough to get those big jobs completed. Here is where you will have to look for the happy medium: A sander that is reasonably light to use, but can tackle those tough jobs. Look for a sander that weighs more than 4.5 pounds if you need to do a lot of heavy work, as lighter ones are unlikely to be up to scratch.


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…


How often do you need to change the sandpaper?

This ultimately depends upon how regularly you're going to be using the corded sander. If you find that you are using it consistently you may need to change the paper more often, especially if you're using it for a considerable length of time. However, if you are only going to use the sander from time to time you won't have to change the sandpaper very often at all.

The frequency of change will ultimately upon the projects you’re doing. Some projects will require significantly more sandpaper, while others may not require much. In the event that you find that you have to change your sandpaper all the time, consider working with one that is more coarse as you could be using the wrong sort. Sandpaper that is excessively coarse could harm the surface you're working with, yet coarseness that is too fine may not take care of business.

Finally, the job in hand will rely on how much pressure you use. If you apply a considerable amount of pressure to your corded sander, you may find that you have to change the sandpaper all the more regularly. Again, you might need to consider using one that is more coarse as you might be using the wrong type. You may also want to consider applying less pressure and checking whether you can work using a similar coarseness of sandpaper.


Where to get extra sandpaper?

It is likely that your new corded sander will come with some sandpaper, and you may even get a few extra sheets. On the off chance that you don’t have enough sandpaper you could buy some from the manufacturer of your sander, or from a nearby retailer. Sandpaper is also sold online, but you should be aware that you may have to pay for delivery. Sandpaper can also be found for sale in tool shops, however, please ensure that you purchase sandpaper that has been made for use with corded sanders.


In Conclusion…

If you’re in need of a corded sander you may find that choosing the right one isn’t always easy. Every single model claims to be the best, but there may only be a few that can give you what you need. We hope we have made your search easier so you’re a little bit closer to getting all your sanding jobs done, and to a standard you’re pleased with.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Best Detail Sander 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

When you need to use a detail sander so you can undertake a wide variety of jobs you will need to make sure you have one that will allow you get your jobs done properly and with little struggle. This is where we can offer some help: We have selected what we believe are 5 of the very best detail sanders on the market. This will make your search a lot easier, simply because you won’t have to sort through the less than perfect detail sanders to find one that works well for you. Take a look below for more information:

So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

DEWALT D26441

The DEWALT D26441 2.4 AMP Palm Grip Sander comes with a modern-looking black and yellow finish and a 2.4 AMP motor that can deliver a good amount of power. Dust sealed so that the sander has a longer life, the DEWALT also comes with an anti-slip top for better control.

Manufacture:

DEWALT

Modal:

D26441

Weight:

3 Pounds

Power:

2.4 AMP

With a ball-bearing construction and a dust-bag that’s capable of holding a lot of dust, the D26441 is sold for approximately $100, and weighs just 3 pounds, making it a very light model. Measuring 6.5 x 9.5 x 5.8 inches, the DEWALT has a textured body grip that makes it so much easier to use. With a reputation for being ideal for smaller projects, and somewhat quieter than other models, this could be the sander you need.


At Number Two...

BLACK+DECKER BDCMS20C

The BLACK+DECKER BDCMS20C 20 Volt Max Lithium Ion Mouse Sander comes complete with a rugged finish, and the traditional Black+Decker orange and black finish. With a 2-position grip that allows users to hold the sander in multiple positions, and with a compact design that allows the user to sand in small and hard to reach places, the Black+Decker means business.

Manufacture:

BLACK+DECKER

Modal:

BDCMS20C

Weight:

2.59 Pounds

Power:

20 Volts

Sold for approximately $60, this model is a lot cheaper than the DEWALT sander, and measuring 4 x 10 x 9 inches, it’s certainly smaller. Weighing 2.59 pounds, it’s also quite a bit lighter too, making it ideal for use over longer periods of time. With a dust collection system that ensures work spaces are tidier and complete with a detail finger, the BDCMS20C certainly can work in areas that other sanders may not be able to reach. With a reputation for being ideal for intricate jobs, as well as being quite speedy, this could be the sander you need.


At Number Three...

PORTER-CABLE PCCW201B

The PORTER-CABLE PCCW201B Max Cordless Detail Sander comes with a low profile that means users will be closer to the surface when they’re sanding, having a better line of sight, and better control. The variable speed dial allows users to adjust the speed depending on the work their undertaking, and the rugged black/gray finish helps to maker this sander stand out.

Manufacture:

PORTER-CABLE

Modal:

PCCW201B

Weight:

2.49 Pounds

Power:

20 Volts

Sold for approximately $60, and weighing 2.49 pounds, this is the lightest sander we’ve seen, and measuring 6.7 x 4 x 11.5, it is one of the longest, but that just means it’s capable of sanding a larger surface at any one time. The dust collection system not only helps to keep your work area clean, but it can be removed so you can attach the PORTER-CABLE to a 1 ¼ inch hose for optimum dust collection. With a reputation for being a reliable sander that works well, the PCCW201B could be the sander for you.


At Number Four...

BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600

The BLACK+DECKER BDEMS600 Mouse Detail Sander is sold for approximately $44, making it the lowest priced sander we have seen so far. With the ability to fit in small spaces the Black+Decker can get a lot of small jobs done that many other sanders may struggle to do. Complete with a finger attachment and sanding pad, users can get straight to work if they so desire.

Manufacture:

BLACK+DECKER

Modal:

BDEMS600

Weight:

N/A

Power:

14,000 OPM

With a three position grip control which makes the BDEMS600 even easier to use, and the ability to work at 14,000 OPM, this sander could be ideal if you don’t need a particularly large one, but you still want to get a lot of jobs done.


At Number Five...

SKIL 7302-02

The SKIL 7302-02 Octo Detail Sander is sold for approximately $40, and comes with pressure control technology, ensuring only the correct amount of pressure is applied at any time and a micro-filtration system that picks up any dust and debris, keeping your work area clean.

Manufacture:

SKIL

Modal:

7302-02

Weight:

4.9 Pounds

Power:

120 Volts

Measuring 6 x 10 x 6.2 inches, and weighing 4.9 pounds, the SKIL is one of the heaviest sanders we have seen, and although that may mean it cannot be used for hours on end without its weight affecting the user’s hands, it is powerful enough to get a lot of jobs done. With a reputation for being a reliable and powerful sander, the 7302-02 could be just what you need.


Buying Guide…


Power

While many different sanders tend to offer different levels of power, it isn’t vital that you buy a detail sander that comes with a lot of power. This is because the more power a sander has, the heavier it is likely to be, if you opt for a sander that has a lot of power, it may be too powerful to get those smaller, more intricate jobs done. The most important aspect of a detail sander is what it can offer you in terms of price, weight, and accessories, so it would make more sense to concentrate on those factors.


Model

The model you end up buying will depend on a few factors: How much you want to pay for your new detail sander, how often you’ll use it, and the size of the jobs you’ll be doing.

- Price

The amount of money you’ll  pay is likely to reflect the quality of your detail sander. If you choose to buy a cheap sander, you’re not going to get a really good finish. However, some cheaper sanders will let you get a few jobs done without very much trouble. The more money you pay the better your new detail sander will be simply because it will be made out of better materials. If you purchase a sander that has a mid-range price you could end up with a sander that’s almost as good as some of the more pricey ones, but this isn’t always the case. Do your research, take a look at customer reviews and comments, and don’t forget that if you’re unhappy with your new detail sander you can always return it.

- How often you will use it

If you’re not going to use your detail sander every week you won’t need to spend much money on it. However, if you plan to use it fairly frequently, you may want to spend a bit more money so you end up with a model that is strong, works well, and has a lot of different features.


Weight

Not a lot of people think about the weight of their sander before they buy it, however, if you don’t think about the weight you may be putting yourself at risk of buying a detail sander that is just too heavy. You may purposefully buy a heavy detail sander because you think it may be more robust than some of the lighter ones, and while this may be the case, you might not be able to use it for more than a few minutes at a time.

Although you don’t have to put all of your weight on your new sander, and you won’t have to lift it very often, the heavier it is the harder it will be to use.  If you want to buy a very heavy and robust detail sander, you should be prepared to use it a lot, as this type of sander has been made for frequent use. However, if you don’t want to buy a heavy sander, opt for a lighter model that can cope with occasional use, as they will be so much easier to deal with.


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…


How often do you need to change the sandpaper?

We cannot say for sure how often you will need to change your sandpaper, but if you will be using your new detail sander every day you will need to change it fairly frequently. If you’re only going to be using your sander every few weeks you won’t need to change it very often at all.

The frequency of change also depends on the jobs that you do. Inevitably, some jobs will require using a lot more sandpaper, and others may not need much at all.

If you find that you need to change your sandpaper a lot, consider sticking with the same sandpaper but use less pressure when you’re sanding. You could be applying too much pressure, thereby wearing the sandpaper down, and perhaps even damaging the surface that you’re working on.

You may also want to think about the coarseness of your sandpaper. Some sandpaper is really coarse, whereas other pieces are not coarse at all. If the sandpaper you’re using has very fine grit you may need to change it frequently, especially if the grit is not coarse enough. When you use a detail sander for the first time you may not be sure what type of sandpaper you should use, but do not worry after a while you will understand exactly what to use.


Where to get extra sandpaper?

Your new detail sander will probably have some sandpaper with it in the box. Some detail sanders come with a few spare sheets too.

If you want to make sure you always have a lot of sandpaper in stock you could purchase some from the manufacturer, but buying it from them could be a little pricey. Why not consider buying sandpaper from a local retailer? Not only is it likely to be cheaper, but it will also help to support your local community too.

Sandpaper is widely available online and in well-known hardware stores. Please make sure you always buy sandpaper that is ideal for use with your new detail sander.

It doesn’t really matter what brand of sandpaper you buy, and it doesn’t really matter where you buy it from. If the sandpaper is compatible for use with your new detail sander it should be ok.


When do you use a Detail Sander?

Detail sanders are typically used when you need to sand around edges and tight corners. This type of sander is not ideal if need to sand areas that are quite hard to reach, or if you need to sand gently. Detail sanders usually come with different attachments that allow you to use them in corners, right angles, and cylinders. With this in mind, a detail sander should not be used as your main sander, as it simply isn’t made to tackle large jobs that orbital finishing or random orbit sanders can do.


In Conclusion…

If you’re in need of a detail sander you’re probably aware that choosing the right one is not always that easy. Every model on the market seems to be claiming that they are the very best. However, there are only a few details sanders out there that can give you what you need. We hope we have made your search easier, so you are that little bit closer to getting all of your jobs done to a standard you can be pleased 

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Best Belt Sander 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

When you need to use a belt sander for a wide variety of jobs you need to make sure that you have one that will let you get all of your jobs done with ease. This is where we can help: We have selected what we believe are five of the best belt sanders that are available right now. This means that your search for the best one will be a lot easier. We have taken many different factors into account (Such as weight, speed etc) so you can get a clear idea as to how each of them performs so selecting the right one is so much easier.

So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

Craftsman 10A

The Craftsman 10A 4x 24 Inch Belt Sander is a very robust-looking piece of equipment that is sold for approximately $196 and comes with an 8-foot long cord, and a variable motor speed that has 10 settings. Complete with a dust bag so that the work area is cleaner the speeds run from 800 to 1,600 SFPM allowing for better accuracy and control. The shield grip makes that Craftsman a lot more comfortable when using at any speed and the vacuum adapter allows you to clean up any mess once you’re done.

Manufacture:

Craftsman

Modal:

10A

Weight:

20.6 Pounds

Power:

800-1,600 SFPM

Weighing 20.6 pounds and measuring 16.4 x 10.1 x 7.8 inches the 10A is ideal for use on door wedges, floors, and so much more. With a reputation for being a reliable sander, this could be exactly what you need.


At Number Two...

Hitachi SB8V2

The Hitachi SB8V2 9.0 Amp Variable Speed Belt Sander is sold for approximately $286 and comes with a soft grip that makes it comfortable to use but secure when it’s being used at any speed. With the ability to work from 820 to 1,475 feet per minutes, the Hitachi also has a tracking window which gives the user a better visibility. The dust collection bag which has been added to the left of the sander lets the user keep the work space clean, and the wear-resistant belt means it lasts almost twice as long as some other sanders do.

Manufacture:

Hitachi

Modal:

SB8V2

Weight:

9.5 Pounds

Power:

9.0 Amp

Weighing just 9.5 pounds, and measuring 14.2 x 9. 2 x 8.3 inches, the SB8V2 is slightly lighter than the previous model meaning it could be much easier to use for a longer period of time. With a reputation for being a very strong and powerful sander, this could be exactly what you need.


At Number Three...

WEN 6321

The WEN 6321 7-Amp Corded Belt Sander comes with a belt that rotates at 13 feet per second, and a nice black and orange finish that makes it stand out. With a compact design the WEN won’t take up as much room as some other belt sanders, but it will work hard to help users get their jobs done properly.

Manufacture:

WEN

Modal:

6321

Weight:

6.2 Pounds

Power:

7-Amp

Weighing 6.2 pounds, this is the lightest belt sander we have seen so far, and measuring 12 x 6 x 6.5 inches it’s also the smallest making it ideal for smaller work areas. The easy-to-change sanding belt makes light work when you need to swap them around, and the lock-in feature means users won’t have to hold the trigger switch constantly. With a reputation for being quite a good sander, if you want a belt sander that’s small but mighty, this could be the one you need.


At Number Four...

Black & Decker DS321

The Black & Decker DS321 Dragster 7 Amp Belt Sander is sold for approximately $50 and it comes with a front roller that means reaching tight corners is easier. The 3-position handle that’s also retractable allows for even better control so users can continue to sand with ease. Weighing 6.5 pounds, and measuring 15.2 x 6.3 x 6.3 inches, the Black & Decker is surprisingly light.

Manufacture:

Black & Decker

Modal:

DS321

Weight:

6.5 Pounds

Power:

7 Amp

The belt-release lever is ideal when the sandpaper needs to be changed, and the adjustment knob allows users to get the paper in place. With a reputation for having a strong motor and easy to handle, this could be the right belt sander for you.


At Number Five...

SKIL 7510-01

The SKIL 7510-01 Sandcat 6 Amp Belt Sander is a very modern-looking machine and is sold for approximately $45. With pressure control technology users will know when they’re applying too much pressure, and the micro-filtration capsules help to suck up dust particles. The clear view canister shows users exactly when it needs to be emptied, and the auto track system helps to keep the belt exactly where you need it to be.

Manufacture:

SKIL

Modal:

7510-01

Weight:

7.5 Pounds

Power:

6 Amp

Weighing 7.5 pounds and measuring 6.6 x 13.8 x 6.5 inches, the SKIL isn’t the lightest sander, but it isn’t the heaviest either. With a single lever belt change and a reputation for being great value for money, the 7510-01 could be exactly what you are looking for.


Buying Guide…


Stationary or handheld

- Stationary belt sander

During your search for the right belt sander, you may have come across some stationary and some handheld sanders. Stationary sanders stay in one place and the items that you need to sand have to be brought to the sander. Sanders such as these are usually quite large and are ideal for industrial work places. The sander is usually attached to a work bench and they are absolutely ideal if you want to sand large pieced of wood or even metal. If you have a lot of large jobs to do then it will be worth your while looking for a stationary sander, however, if you only ever plan to do small jobs, a handheld sander will be exactly what you need.

- Handheld belt sander

A handheld belt sander is absolutely ideal if you have a lot of jobs to do in your work shop, garage, or around your home. This type of sander is a lot smaller than their stationary counterparts and they can be picked up and used with relative ease depending on how heavy they are.

The sanding belt on handheld sanders is located at the bottom, allowing the user to sand many different surfaces. Some handheld sanders allow the user to work in tight spaces that other sanders simply will not reach, making it easier to get even more jobs done.


Sandpaper grit size

The size and type of grit you will need will ultimately depend on the job that you’re planning to undertake. Very coarse grit is ideal for large surfaces and should be used with caution. Grit such as this usually has a number between 20 and 40 displayed on the sandpaper or its packaging

Coarse grit which is usually numbered between 40 and 60 is ideal for jobs that need a lot of sanding, but the grit does not need to be very abrasive.

Medium coarse grit is the most commonly used type of grit and the sandpaper is numbered between 60 and 80. Used to sand wood rather than metal this type of sandpaper is usually the first type that’s used when wood needs to be prepared for varnish or paint.

Fine grit is ideal for use between different coats of varnish, removing water stains from wood, or to buff some stains out of plaster. Numbered between 80 and 120 fine grit sandpaper is not always ideal for use with a belt sander.

Super fine grit is numbered between 120 and 220 and is used for putting a polish on something. Ideal for using when you want to produce a fine surface this sort of sandpaper can also be used to polish some metals.


Model

The model you end up buying will depend on a few factors: Price, how often you’ll use your new belt sander, and the size of jobs you’ll be undertaking.


Price

The price you pay is likely to reflect the quality of your belt sander. If you opt for a very cheap model, you’re not going to be first class results, but you should get a few jobs done without much difficulty. The more money you pay the better your belt sander is likely to be, although if you purchase a middle-of-the-range model you could end up with a belt sander that’s almost as good as the more expensive ones.


How often you’ll use it

If you’re not going to use a belt sander very often then you won’t need to spend a lot of money on it. However, if you plan to use your new tool quite a lot then you may want to think about spending a little bit more so you end up with a sander that works well.


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…


How often do you need to change the sandpaper?

This depends on how often you’re using it if you use the sander every day you may need to change it every day if you’re using it for hours on end. However, if you’re only going to be using it every now and again you won’t need to change your sandpaper very often.

It also depends on the jobs in question, some jobs will require a lot more sandpaper, whereas others may not need very much at all. If you find that you need to change your sandpaper very often, consider using one that has a larger grit as you may be using the wrong type. Grit that is too coarse could damage the surface you’re working on, but grit that’s too fine may not get the job done properly.

Lastly, the frequency of change depends on how much pressure you use. If you tend to apply a lot of pressure to your belt sander, you may find that you need to change the sandpaper more often. Again, you may want to consider using one that has a larger grit as you may be using the wrong type. However, you may also want to think about applying a bit less pressure and seeing if you can get away with using the same sandpaper.


Where can I get extra sandpaper?

Your new belt sander is likely to come with some sandpaper, and you may even get a few spare sheets too. If you think you’re going to run out of sandpaper you could always buy some from the manufacturer or from a local retailer or online. Sandpaper is widely available in hardware stores, but please make sure that you buy sandpaper that is ideal for use with belt sanders.

Generally, it doesn’t matter what brand of sandpaper you buy or where you buy it from, as long as you can put it in a belt sander then it should be ok. Try to avoid buying the really cheap sandpaper as this tends to be quite thin and fine. Look for a brand that will give you the size of grit you’ll need, and the reliability you’ll need too.


In Conclusion…

If you’re in need of a belt sander choosing the right one for you isn’t always easy. Every model claims to be the very best, but there are only a few that can really give you what you’re looking for. We hope we’ve made your search for the best belt sander so much easier, so you’re one step closer to getting all of your jobs done in no time at all.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Best Bench Sander 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

If you have a lot of jobs to do and most of those jobs include sanding, you’ll need to use the right bench sander. The problem is that the market seems to be flooded with lots of different bench sanders making it quite hard to find the one that will meet all of your sanding needs. Here is where we can help, we have put together a list of the 5 best bench sanders on the market right now, which means your search will be a lot easier. Take a look below for more information about these great new bench sanders.

So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

Porter-Cable PCB420SA

The Porter-Cable PCB420SA Bench Sander is an impressive-looking bench sander that comes with a 1/2 HP induction motor, a cast iron base that works to reduce vibration, and a dust collection system that keeps the work area cleaner. Sold for approximately $241, this bench sander is able to tilt up to 90 degrees allowing you to undertake a lot more work.

Manufacture:

Porter-Cable

Modal:

PCB420SA

Weight:

51.1 Pounds

Power:

1/2 HP

Measuring 23 x 16 x 23.5 inches, and weighing 51.1 pounds, the Porter-Cable is a heavy piece of equipment and with a corded-electric power source, you know it’s going to be ready to work whenever you need it. With single knob belt tracking, users can adjust the belt easily, meaning you can sand as much or as little as you wish. With a reputation for being a well-built piece of equipment, this could be exactly what you need.


At Number Two...

Rockwell RK7866

The Rockwell RK7866 Belt Disc Sander is sold for approximately $120, which is considerably cheaper than the previous model. With an adjustable platform and a 4.3 Amp motor, this could be the ideal bench sander for you. With a quick-release belt tension lever, and a sanding table that can be adjusted to 45 degrees should you require it to, the Rockwell also has a cast aluminum disc table

Manufacture:

Rockwell

Modal:

RK7866

Weight:

41 Pounds

Power:

4.3 Amp

Measuring 13 x 11 x 22 inches, and weighing 41 pounds, this model is smaller and lighter than the previous belt sander, which could make it ideal for those with a limited amount of work space. Specifically made so that users can change the belt quickly and easily thanks to the belt tension mechanism, and with a good reputation, the RK7866 could be the bench sander you need.


At Number Three...

CENTRAL MACHINERY

The CENTRAL MACHINERY Disc Belt Sander is sold for approximately $69, making it a very cheap model. With a professional-looking finish and ideal for use with outside and inside curves, this belt sander is also ideal for flat pieces. With the ability to tilt up to 60 degrees, the table can easily be moved to the position you need, and the cast iron motor housing comes with a sanding disc, and belt.

Manufacture:

Centeral Machinery

Modal:

N/A

Weight:

28.7 Pounds

Power:

0.75 HP

Weighing 28.7 pounds, making it the lightest sander we have seen so far, the CENTRAL MACHINERY sander measures 19.8 x 11.9 x 10 inches, and is one of the smallest out there. With a reputation for being a good low-cost bench sander, it could be exactly what you need.


At Number Four...

Craftsman 1/3 hp

The Craftsman 1/3 hp Bench Top Disc Sander has a nice black finish and is sold for approximately $190, making it one of the most expensive models we have seen so far. With a rapid-spinning disc and a corrosion-resistant work table that’s made from aluminum, this may be the right model for you. The 2-inch dust collection chute is ideal for helping to keep your work space clean, and with the rubber feet making it a lot more stable than some bench sanders, it is quite easy to use.

Manufacture:

Craftsman

Modal:

21514

Weight:

N/A

Power:

¾ HP

Operating at 1,100 FPM, the belt is adjustable and the worktable tilts to 45 degrees, allowing users to get a lot more work done. With a good reputation, and the ability to allow the user to undertake a wide variety of work, the Craftsman could be the ideal bench sander for you.


At Number Five...

RIKON 50-151

The RIKON Power Tools 50-151 Disc Sander is one of the smallest belt sanders around, but that does not mean that it isn’t up to scratch. Ideal for use with small projects, those who are happy to do a spot of furniture repair, or other tasks that don’t require too much power should find that the RIKON will work well.

Manufacture:

RIKON

Modal:

50-151

Weight:

18 Pounds

Power:

N/A

Weighing just 18 pounds, and measuring 15 x 12.6 x 14.6 inches, and with an efficient motor, if you’re not looking for a very large or powerful bench sander, this could be exactly what you need/


Buying Guide…


Sandpaper Grit Size

The size of the sandpapers grit ultimately determines how coarse it is, with very coarse grit being ideal for larger surfaces. This type of grit should be used carefully as it can sand a large surface in one go. This means that it could be a little rough, meaning you should test the surface you’re working with first to make sure it’s ideal. The roughest and coarsest type of grit comes with the numbers between 20 and 40 on the packaging or the sandpaper itself.

Grit that is numbered between 40 and 60 is quite coarse, and is ideal for those jobs that require quite a bit of sanding, but when the grit doesn’t need to be too abrasive.

Grit that is numbered between 60 and 80 is medium-coarse, and is one of the most commonly used types of grit. This is because it is primarily used to sand wood, whereas sandpaper with coarser grit is ideal for use with some very hard woods, and metal. 60 and 80 coarse sandpaper is ideal for use when you’re preparing wood so that it can be varnished.

Grit that is numbered between 80 and 120 is known as ‘Fine grit’ and it is ideal when you’re trying to remove water stain from pieces of wood, or you’re also trying to get rid of stains in plaster. You can also use fine grit when you’re varnishing wood as it’s ideal for use between the different coats. However, you should be aware that this type of sandpaper might not be ideal when used with a bench sander, this is because it could be too fine.


Model

When you are shopping for a new bench sander you will no doubt be looking at a number of different models. Although there are some very nice bench sanders out on the market right now, it’s important that you buy one that is suitable for the jobs you’re going to undertake. If you’re only going to undertake some very small jobs, then you may want to look for a model that is made for the smaller jobs. In other words, you won’t need a bench sander that is really powerful or made for use in a commercial workshop.

You will also need to think about how often you will use your new bench sander. If you would like to use it every day then you may want to think about buying one that has a good reputation and has been made to use frequently. If you are not going to use your new tool very often, you will not need to spend very much money on it.

When it comes to considering how much money to pay, you should understand that if you buy the cheapest model out there you will not get great results. However, if you want to spend a little bit more, you should be able to get quite a lot of jobs done. The more you pay, the better you new bench sander will be, however, if you want to pay as little as possible, while using a reasonably high-quality item, you should opt for a model that’s priced as a middle-of-the-range model. This is because it could be a reasonable price and offer a good amount of power, while giving you a little more to work with.


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…


How often do you need to change the sandpaper?

This depends on how often you’re using your new bench sander. If you are going to be using it every day you might need to change it every  1-2 days, particularly if you’re using it for many hours at a time.

If you think you may only use it every now and again the sandpaper won’t need to be changed very often. This means that you could end up using a lot less sandpaper than you originally thought.

You will also need to think about the amount of pressure that you will use, as this can determine how much sandpaper you will need, and how often it will need to be changed. If you apply quite a bit of pressure, you may be using up your supplies of sandpaper a little too quickly. Therefore it would be wise to use a little less pressure as this could ultimately mean you won’t need to run out and buy as much sandpaper all the time.

The frequency with which you would need to change your sandpaper also depends on the jobs that you need to undertake. Some jobs made use up a lot more sandpaper, whereas others may not use very much at all. If it turns out that you need to change your sandpaper quite frequently you could be using the wrong type. This means that you may need to use some sandpaper with a coarser grit.

Please make sure you never use sandpaper that is too coarse, this is because it could damage the wood or metal that you are working on.


Where to get extra sandpaper?

Your brand new bench sander will more than likely to come with some sandpaper, and chances are you might even get some spare sheets too. If you think you’re going to run out of sandpaper, you should buy some before you do, this is because it would be a shame if you ran out of it when you were in the middle of a job.

You may want to buy some sandpaper from the manufacturer of your new bench sander, or from a local retailer, but you could also buy some online. Sandpaper is generally available in every hardware store across the country, but when you are out shopping for some, please make sure that you always buy sandpaper that is compatible for use with your particular bench sander.

Just so you are aware when it comes to buying sandpaper it doesn’t matter what brand you buy or where you buy it from, as long it is compatible with a bench sander then it should be ok. Try not to buy the really cheap sandpaper that you often see for sale online and in stores as it can be quite thin, and it may not be ideal for the jobs that you want to do. Look for a brand of sandpaper that tells you the size of grit, and offers you good value for money.


In Conclusion…

If you’re in need of a new bench sander you may find that choosing the right one for you isn’t very easy. Every single model out there claims to be the very best, but there are only a few models that can give you exactly what you’re looking for. We hope we have made your search for the best bench sander a lot easier, so you’re just that little bit closer to getting all your jobs done.

If you have any other questions or worries please contact us, or if you have any comments or improvements please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.