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Best Dust Collector 2018 Review and Comparisons

If you are in the market for a dust collector, you may be forgiven for thinking that they are all the same. Many dust collectors do have similarities, but at the same time, they can be slightly different. This can make choosing the right dust collector so much harder than it really should be. The goods news is we can help you: We have put together a list of 5 of what we think are the best dust collectors on the market, making your search so much easier. Take a look below for more information.


So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

WEN 3410

The WEN 3410 3-Speed Remote Controlled Air Filtration System comes with a 1/6 HP motor, a 26-foot remote control range, and a timer that could prove to be quite handy. With a modern black and orange finish, and 50 – 50 dB of noise, the WEN should not be too loud for you.

Manufacture:

WEN

Modal:

3410

Weight:

31 Pounds

Power:

1/6 HP Motor

Sold for approximately $130, and weighing 31 pounds, the 3410 measures 17 x 20.5 x 10 inches and comes with 5 micron our filters, mounting hooks and a handle, and three speeds for ease of use. With a reputation for being easy to mount, this unit could be exactly what you need.


At Number Two...

Jet DC-1100VX-CK

The Jet DC-1100VX-CK Dust Collector comes complete with a vortex cone that works to separate any chips, and a collector bag. Sold for approximately $853, and with industrial controls, the Jet is ideal for professional workshops and businesses. With collection bags that are easy to connect and a single stage design which ensures that the DC-110VX is quiet, this could be the dust collector for you.

Manufacture:

Jet

Modal:

DC-1100VX-CK

Weight:

109 Pounds

Power:

115/230 Volts

Measuring 37 x 22.5 x 39 inches, and weighing 109 pounds, this dust collector is a lot bigger and heavier than the previous model. Manufactured to collect 86% of 1 micron particles, and 98% of 2 micron particles, this is a dust collector that has been made to perform well. With a reputation for being very effective and easy to assemble, the Jet may be the product you have been looking for.


At Number Three...

Advanced Pure Air Newport 9000

The Advanced Pure Air Newport 9000 Air Purifier is sold for approximately $210 and comes with an air filtration system that works to filter out any unhygienic particles. With remote controls and a completely automatic system, this air purifier may not have been made to pick up workshop-related dust particles, but it may be ideal for the home, or for those times you want to work in your garage and keep the air clean.

Manufacture:

Advanced Pure Air

Modal:

AP-9000

Weight:

3.3 Pounds

Power:

N/A

Measuring 28 x 16 x 12.4 inches, and weighing just 20 pounds, the Advanced Pure is quite light. With the ability to help rid the home or small workplace of pet dander and odor, tobacco smoke, toxic gases, and more, this Newport 9000 has a reputation for being a reliable product that is very quiet


At Number Four...

SHOP FOX W1685

The SHOP FOX W1685 1.5 Horsepower 1,280 CFM Dust Collector Comes with a 5.4 cubic feet dust bag, an air suction capacity of approximately 1,280 CFM, and powder coated paint for a better finish. Sold for approximately $400, and with a single-phase motor that works at 3,450 RPM, this could be the dust collector you need.

Manufacture:

SHOP FOX

Modal:

W1685

Weight:

108 Pounds

Power:

3,450 RPM

With a 6-inch inlet and a steel impeller for better performance, the SHOP FOX measures 22.2 x 37 x 22.5 inches and weighs 108 pounds. Complete with a safety switch that means unauthorized use is less common, this could be the dust collector your workshop needs. With a reputation for working powerfully from the moment it’s switched on, the W1685 is well worth considering.


At Number Five...

Shop Fox W1826

The Shop Fox W1826 Wall Dust Collector has a thoroughly modern finish and is sold for approximately $227. With a 1 HP motor, and a window so users can see how full the dust bag is, this could be the ideal dust collector for you. The 2.5 micron bag comes with an impressive 2 cubic foot capacity, and the system itself measures 19.5 x 18 x 44 inches.

Manufacture:

Shop Fox

Modal:

W1826

Weight:

50.2 Pounds

Power:

240 Volts

Complete with a safety paddle switch, and weighing 50.2 pounds, this is not the heaviest dust collector we have seen, but it isn’t the lightest one either. With a reputation for being a reasonably good dust collector, this could be the ideal model for your workshop or garage.


Buying Guide…


Power

While many different collectors tend to offer different levels of power, it isn’t vital that you buy a dust collector that comes with a lot of power. This is because the more power a collector has, the harder it is likely to work. If you decide to opt for a collector that has a lot of power, it could be too powerful for a smaller work area. For small work areas, you should ideally opt for a dust collector that has less power than industrial ones. One of the most important aspects of a dust collector is what it can offer you in terms of price, weight, and performance. This is because if you can find a dust collector that is of a reasonably low price, isn’t too heavy to lift, and is known for performing well, you may have a very reliable dust collector on your hands.


Model

The model you that end up buying is likely to depend on a number of factors: How much you want to pay for your new dust collector, how often you’ll use it, and the size of the space that you work in

- Price

The amount of money you’ll pay could reflect the quality of your dust collector. If you choose to buy a cheap model, you should be aware that you’re not going to get a collector that is able to suck up all those particles.

However, some cheaper collectors will work reasonably well, but they may not get rid of enough particles, which could mean pet dander, dust from the work area, and some fumes may still be a slight problem

The more money you pay for your new dust collector the better it is likely to be. This is because it will be made out of stronger, tougher materials, and have the capacity to suck up all those bits of dust with relative ease.

If you decide to purchase a collector that has a mid-range price you could end up with one that is almost as good as some of the more expensive models but this is not always the case. Please make sure you do your research, and take a look at some customer reviews and comments so you know what the product’s reputation is like and if it is worth spending your money on it.

- How often you will use it

If you’re not going to use your dust collector every day you may not need to spend very much on it. This is because it is unlikely that you will need an industrial strength or size model.

However, if you plan to use it every day, you may want to spend a bit more money on it. A higher price often indicates a better purification or dust collection system, which could be perfect if you work with wood or other slightly messy materials.


Weight

Not a lot of people consider the weight of a dust collector before they buy one.  However, if you don’t consider the weight, you may buy a dust collector that is too heavy for your walls. Some dust collectors need to be placed up on a wall and out of reach of machinery and other equipment.

If you do decide to buy a heavy dust collector 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 install it in place without hiring someone to do it. Please make sure that you know how heavy the dust collector is going to be. Not only could you end up putting it on a wall that turns out not to be strong enough to hold it in place, you don’t want the additional expense of hiring someone to put it in place, or build a stronger wall!


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…

How do dust collectors work?

A dust collector works by removing particles, dust, pet dander and more from the air, and from the environment too. They work on what is known as a ‘Capture, convey, and collect’ system.

Capture – The dust and the other particles need to be captured, and this is done by using capture hoods that suck the particles in from their source of origin, or in the air in the work space. Some pieces of machinery that kick up a lot of dust often have a port that allows you to attach a dust collection system to it, but not all dust collectors allow you to do this.

Conveyed – The ducting system can maintain an air velocity that keeps the dust close by so that the system can reach it. If the duct is not the right size or it’s not powerful enough to work in the environment, the system could become clogged.

Collected – Lastly, the dust and particles are collected, and they can pass through a filter, an impingement baffle, or a cyclonic separator,  but there are other dust collectors that use bag-houses, or precipitators. 

This is usually how dust collectors work, but they can differ between brands and models. If you would like a dust collector that works in a specific way, please do your research and find out how they work so you’re not disappointed when you start to set it up.


How much dust can they collect?

This ultimately depends on the brand that you buy, as many brands can differ in the amount of dust, particles, and dander etc. that they pick up. Please check each model before you buy them, so you understand how much they can pick up, and how well they may work for you. Some dust collectors will work more than others, so it’s incredibly important that you know how powerful they are.

Please note that some dust collectors are ideal for busy workshops, whereas others are ideal for use for a few hours at a time.

Once you have determined how powerful a dust collector is, you will need to make sure that it is powerful enough for you. We recommend that you should buy a dust collector that is able to collect a little more dust etc. than you currently need it to. This is because your needs may change over time, or you may find you have a large project to undertake that kicks up a lot of dust. Having said that, you should avoid buying a model that is just too powerful, as chances are it will use up a lot more power.


In Conclusion…

If you’re in need of a dust collector so you can keep your work area clean, you’re probably aware it’s not easy finding the right one for you. However, there are only a few dust collectors out there that may be exactly what you need. We hope we have made your search a little easier, so you are closer to working in an area where dust and particles are not a concern.

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 Disc Sander 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

When you need to use a disc sander so you can undertake many different jobs wide you’ll need to make sure you purchase one that will work well enough, so you can all of your jobs properly and with very little effort. This is where we can help: We have selected 5 of what we think are the best disc sanders on the market. This will make your search for a new disc sander a lot easier because you won’t have to sort through the less than perfect sanders to find one that works for you. Take a look at the disc sanders below for more information:

So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

Shop Fox W1828

The Shop Fox W1828 12-inch Disc Sander comes with a 1HP motor, a safety switch, and powder coated paint for better protection. Sold for approximately $269, and complete with a deluxe miter gauge that allows users to sand at their desired angle, the Shop Fox also has a ball-bearing construction.

Manufacture:

Shop Fox

Modal:

W1828

Weight:

61 Pounds

Power:

1HP Motor

Measuring 17 x 15.8 x 14.5 inches, and weighing 61 pounds this disc sander has a table that can be adjusted up to 45-degrees, so you can sand exactly what you want, in exactly the right place. Made to last, and with a removable lock-out key, the Shop Fox W1828 has a reputation for being a good sander with a heavy duty motor.


At Number Two...

Delta Power Equipment Corp 31-140

The Delta Power Equipment Corp 31-140 Disc Sander is sold for approximately $234 and comes with a cast iron base that has pre-drilled holes that allow users to mount it on a bench very easily. The ½ HP motor is considered to be quite powerful, and the dust collection fan moves dust away which creates a cleaner work area.

Complete with a hose cleaner that is attached to the collection fan, and with a 3/6 x ¾ inch miter gauge the Delta Power sander is ideal for a wide range of jobs.

Manufacture:

Delta Power Equipment Corp

Modal:

31-140

Weight:

79.2 Pounds

Power:

½ HP

Weighing 79.2 pounds, and measuring 17 x 15 x 17 inches, this disc sander is a lot heavier than the previous model, and slightly bigger too, which could make it even more ideal for frequent use in a workshop or garage. With a reputation for being an excellent disc sander that is well-built, this could be the sander that you need.


At Number Three...

DEWALT DWE6401DS

The DEWALT DWE6401DS 5-Inch Disc Sander comes with a 6-amp motor and a VSR trigger dial for ease of use in a wide range of applications. The handle comes with a soft grip making the DEWALT a lot more comfortable to use than some disc sanders. Ideal for use with 5-inch and 8-inch hook and loop sand paper, the DWE6401DS is sold for approximately $79, making it the cheapest disc sander we have seen so far.

Manufacture:

DEWALT

Modal:

DWE6401DS

Weight:

4.65 Pounds

Power:

6-AMP

Weighing just 4.65 pounds, and measuring 9.2 x 9.2 x 4.6 inches, this particular disc sander comes with a dust shroud that can help to keep the users working area clean.  With the ability to let users change sandpaper quickly, and made to make the sanding process so much quicker, the DEWALT has a reputation for being a cheap but effective sander that’s ideal for a lot of different uses.


At Number Four...

Makita GV5010

The Makita GV5010 GV5010 5-Inch Disc Sander comes with the standard blue and black Makita finish, and a 4.2-amp motor that also comes with 4,500 RPM, making it ideal for a lot of applications. Double insulated to keep those bits of dust out, and with a ball-bearing construction that gives it a longer life, the Makita has a soft-grip ergonomic handle that makes it so much easier and more comfortable to use.

Manufacture:

Makita

Modal:

GV5010

Weight:

2.4 Pounds

Power:

4.2-AMP

Sold for approximately $95, and weighing just 2.4 pounds, the GV5010 is the lightest model we have seen so far, making it very easy to use for long periods of time. Measuring 10 x 8 x 4 inches this disc sander is also the smallest one we have come across, meaning it’s ideal for use in tighter work spaces. With a reputation for being a flawless disc sander that is great value for money, this could be the product you need.


At Number Five...

WEN 6502

The WEN 6502 6-Inch Disc Sander with Cast Iron Base has a rugged finish and is sold for approximately $88 dollars. Complete with a 6 x 6 inch disc and a 4 x 36 inch belt, the WEN means business. Made with a cast iron base to help prevent those annoying vibrations, the 6502 has a dust port, a 4.3-amp motor, and a tension release lever that makes changing the sandpaper so much easier.

Manufacture:

WEN

Modal:

6502

Weight:

39.1 Pounds

Power:

4.3-AMP

Measuring 22 x 11 x 12.5 inches, and weighing 39.1 pounds, this isn’t the biggest disc sander around, but it isn’t the smallest either. Ideal for getting rid of splinters and jagged edges, the 6502 has an 80-grit sanding belt, a 2.25 inch dust port, and a reputation for being a good quality sander that’s ideal for occasional use.


Buying Guide…


Power

While many different sanders offer many different levels of power, it isn’t vital that you buy a disc sander that comes with as much power as possible. This is generally because the more power a sander has, the heavier it will be. If you do buy a disc sander that has plenty of power, you may find that it is a little too powerful. This may be especially so when you need those smaller, more intricate jobs done. The most important feature of a new disc sander is what it does for you terms of weight and accessories. Concentrating on these factors alone could ensure you end up with a better sander that you can use for years.


Model

The disc sander you could end up buying will depend on a number of factors:

  • How much you want to pay for your new disc sander
  • How often you’ll use your new disc sander
  • The size of the tasks you’ll be undertaking

- Price

The amount of money you may end up paying could reflect the quality of the disc sander. If you decide to buy a relatively cheap sander, you’re not guaranteed to get a good finish each time. However, some if the cheapest disc sanders on the market will let you get a few jobs done without much difficulty, which isn’t a bad thing at all.

The more you pay for your new sander the better your it may be, simply because it’s likely to be made out of better materials. If you purchase a disc sander that has a middle-of-the-range price you may end up with on that’s possibly just as good as some of the expensive models, but this isn’t guaranteed. Ideally, you should do your research and take a look at any customer reviews and comments you come across as they are usually good indications as to how the disc sander in question performs.          

- How often you will use your new disc sander?

If you don’t think you will use your disc sander very frequently, you won’t need to spend much money on it. However, if you do plan to use it 2-3 times a week, you may want to spend a bit more. Spending a little more money could mean you have a disc sander that is strong and sturdy and works well.


Weight

Not a lot of people consider the weight of a disc sander to be an important issue before they buy one. However, if you don’t think about the weight you may put yourself at risk of buying a disc sander that is too heavy, and therefore hard to use for a long period of time.

You may purposefully buy a heavy disc sander because it could be slightly more robust than some of the lighter models. While this may be the case with some new sanders, you may find you cannot use it for more than a few minutes at a time.

Although you won’t need to put all your weight on your sander when working with it, the heavier it is the harder it will be to use. Heavier sanders are typically made for frequent use, and they do need to be more robust. However, if you don’t need a heavy sander, choose a lighter model that is ideal for occasional use.


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…


How often do you need to change the sandpaper?

It’s hard to say for sure how often the sandpaper will need to be changed, but if you use it every day you will need to change it fairly often. If you’re only going to be using it once in a while, you won’t need to change it very frequently.

The frequency of change can also depend on the jobs you do. Some jobs require a lot more sandpaper, and others might not need much sandpaper at all.

If you need to change your sandpaper quite often, consider using less pressure when you’re sanding, and see how you go. You could be applying too much pressure, and wearing the sandpaper down. You may also be damaging the surface you’re working on. Change the amount of pressure you use first, and then see if you still need to change the sandpaper.

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 disc 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 sander is likely to be delivered with some spare sandpaper in the box. Some disc sanders even come with more than one spare sheet, but this depends on the brand.

If you would always like to have enough sandpaper in stock you may want to think about purchasing some from the manufacturer, but buying doing so could be expensive. Instead, think about buying some sandpaper from a local store. Not only will it be cheaper, it will support your local community too.

Sandpaper is available to buy online and in well-known hardware stores. Please make sure you always buy the sandpaper that is ideal for use with a disc sander.

It doesn’t really matter what brand of sandpaper you purchase, and it doesn’t matter where you purchase it from, if the sandpaper is completely compatible for use with your new disc sander it should be absolutely ok to use.


In Conclusion…

If you are in need of a new disc sander you’re probably aware that it can be hard to choose the right one. Every single model on the market seems to claim that they are the best out there. However, there are only a few discs sanders on the market that can give you exactly what you need. We hope that we have made your search for a new disc sander a lot easier, so you are closer to getting your jobs done to a standard you are 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 Orbital Sander 2018 Reviews and Comparisons

When you need an orbital sander, so you can undertake a wide variety of jobs you need one that will allow you to get your jobs done properly. This is where we can help: We have selected 5 of the best orbital sanders on the market, and doing this will make your search easier as you won’t have to sort through the less-than-perfect orbital sanders to find one that works for you. Take a look below for more information:

So, What are the products on offer?


At Number One...

DEWALT DWE6423K

The DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander comes with the classic DEWALT black and yellow finish, and a dust-sealed switch which gives it a lot more protection. With a 3.0-amp motor that allows the pad to spin between 8,000 and 12,000 OPM, this orbit sander may be exactly what you need.

Manufacture:

DEWALT

Modal:

DWE6423K

Weight:

4 Pounds

Power:

3.0-AMP

Sold for approximately $79, and with the ability to reduce vibration thanks to the 3 counterweight design, the DWE6423K will be a little easier to use than some. Measuring 7.25 x 10.38 x 6.2 inches, and weighing 4 pounds, this orbit sander has a dust collection system and is ideal for use when you want to sand metal, wood, and plastics. With a reputation for being a great sander that works well, this could be the sander for you.


At Number Two...

Bosch ROS20VSC

The Bosch ROS20VSC Random Orbit Sander has a tough-looking finish, and a variable speed dial that allows users to adjust the speed as they wish. The microfilter system helps to trap fine particles, thereby helping to keep the work area clean and tidy. Sold for approximately $59, and with a twist-off canister, users can see the dust level, and remove the canister easily whenever they need to.

Manufacture:

Bosch

Modal:

ROS20VSC

Weight:

3.5 Pounds

Power:

12,000 OPM

Measuring 9 x 5 x 6 inches, and weighing just 3.5 pounds, this is the lightest orbital sander we have seen so far. Made to get rid of those swirl-marks that you associate with sanding, the Bosch has a soft grip top and body, meaning users can hold the sander exactly where they want to. With an 8 foot cord, and complete with a contractor bag, the ROS20VSC could be exactly what you need. This particular sander has a reputation for being ideal for wood working and good at collecting dust, making it a very good buy.


At Number One...

Makita BO5041K

The Makita BO5041K 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander Kit is sold for approximately $95, making it the most expensive orbital sander we have seen so far. However, it does come with a 3.0-amp motor, a variable speed control dial, and adjustable front handles that allow the user to sand in small areas and in corners too. With a 1/8 inch random orbit action that allows smooth sanding, and with a pad control system that lets the user control the speed from the moment they switch the sander on, the Makita seems to be outshining the rest.

Manufacture:

Makita

Modal:

BO5041K

Weight:

3.09 Pounds

Power:

3.0-AMP

Weighing 3.09 pounds, and measuring 7.5 x 16.3 x 10.3 inches, the BO5041K is lighter than the previous models which is impressive because it’s certainly not smaller. With a 2-finger trigger switch for safety and a reputation for being an excellent sander, the Makita may be well worth considering.


At Number One...

DEWALT DWE6421K

The DEWALT DWE6421K Random Orbit Sander Kit comes with the traditional DEWALT black and yellow finish, along with a bag for storage. The 3.0-amp motor keeps the pad spinning at 12,000 OPM, and the dust collection system has been improved so work areas are cleaner than ever before. The one-hand locking system is very convenient, and the separate counterweight helps to reduce vibration allowing users to carry on working with ease.

Manufacture:

DEWALT

Modal:

DWE6421K

Weight:

4 Pounds

Power:

3.0-AMP

Measuring 10.4 x 7.2 x 6.2 inches, and weighing 4 pounds, this is the same size as the DEWALT we saw earlier. Ideal for use when sanding wood, metal, and plastic, the DWE6421K has an interfacing system that’s ideal for use with DEWALT’s vacuum locking system. Sold for approximately $59, and with a reputation for being a very good sander that picks up speed quickly, this could be the orbital sander you need.


At Number One...

Black & Decker BDERO100

The Black & Decker BDERO100 Random Orbit Sander comes complete with the orange and black finish that everyone knows, and a hook and loop system that makes changing the sandpaper a lot easier. Sold for approximately $25, this is the cheapest orbital sander we have seen so far.

Manufacture:

Black & Decker

Modal:

BDERO100

Weight:

3.16 Pounds

Power:

2 AMP

Measuring 7 x 5 x 6 inches, the Black & Decker is not the largest sander we have come across, and its size could make it ideal for use in smaller areas. Weighing 3.16 pounds, this model is also one of the lightest we have seen, which means it’s ideal for use for longer periods of time. Complete with a soft backing pad, sanding disc and a contractor bag the BDERO100 has a reputation for being a very good sander that’s easy to use.


Buying Guide…


Power

While many different orbital sanders tend to offer different levels of power, it isn’t absolutely vital that you purchase an orbital sander that has a lot of power. This is because the more power an orbital sander has, the heavier it will be. If you do decide to buy a sander that comes with a lot of power, it may be too powerful to get some smaller and more intricate jobs done. The most important aspect of an orbital sander is what it can do for you in terms of options, settings, price, weight, and accessories. Therefore, it would make a lot more sense to think about these factors than the weight itself.


Model

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

- Price

The amount of money you’ll pay for you nice new sander is likely to reflect its quality. Although this is not always evident, it does make a lot of sense. If you choose to buy a cheap orbital sander instead of a more expensive one you’re not going to come away with a really good finish. However, some of the cheaper orbital sanders will let you undertake a few jobs without very much trouble at all.

When it comes down to it, the more money you pay for your sander the better it may be simply because it will be built from better materials.

When it comes to middle-of-the-range sanders, they can be almost as good as some of the more expensive models but this isn’t always the case. Make sure you undertake a spot of research and read some customer reviews and comments. These are likely to give you a good indication as to how good the orbital sander really is. This is because consumers don’t tend to lie about how good or bad the product they have purchased is. This means you can make a more informed decision about your new orbital sander, and that’s never a bad thing.

- How often you will use it

If you’re not going to use your orbital sander very often (Such as every week) you won’t need to spend much on it. However, if you do plan to use it fairly frequently (Such as 2-3 times a week), you may want to spend a bit more money. Spending a little more money means you could end up with a sander that is strong, works well, and has a few different features.


Weight

Not everyone is aware that the weight of a sander is an important factor.  However, if you don’t think about the weight of the sander you may end up buying one that is too heavy. If you buy a sander that is too heavy, you may not be able to use it as much as you want to. This is because you might not be able to use it for more than a few minutes at a time. This ultimately means the jobs you want to get done before the weekend may not get finished at all.

Please note that while you’re using your new sander you don’t have to put all your weight on it. You won’t have to lift it up very often, either, but the heavier it is the harder your new sander will be to use.  If you want to buy a very heavy and robust orbital sander, you should be prepared to use it more than once a week. This is because a sander such as this would have been manufactured for frequent use. However, if you don’t want to buy a heavy sander and you want a lighter model instead, please note that it may cope with occasional use.


Questions We Are Frequently Asked…

Corded or Cordless?

Corded sanders can be absolutely ideal if you want to have a powered corded sander, rather than having to find and then charge a battery. However, you should always make sure that there are enough power outlets nearby as your new sander simply won’t work without one.

Some corded orbital sanders come with a very long cord, which means users should be able to reach the wood, metal or plastic that needs sanding. If you don’t think an 8-foot cord will be long enough, you may want to think about using a cordless sander instead.

Cordless sanders can be a bit of a winner if you constantly find yourself working in different places. As long as you have charged the battery and you have a spare one to hand, you should be able to use your new cordless sander without much trouble.


Why get an Orbital Sander?

An orbital sander typically has a random orbit sander has a round pad, and this pad moves that sander in random orbits. What this means is that it vibrates in very small circles, quite like an orbital finishing sander. This means that an orbital sander has the ability to undertake a lot of jobs on different materials such as wood, metal, and plastics. This means you can get a lot more jobs done around the home, in the garage, and in the workshop.

Many orbit sanders come with a grip that’s very easy to hold and use. This can make sanding less of a chore, especially if you’re going to be using it for hours on end.

More modern orbit sanders no longer leave a pattern of sanded circles behind them. Older models and some other pieces of equipment can tend to do this, which isn’t ideal. If you would like a smooth finish, without having to sand for hours at a time, an orbital sander can be absolutely ideal. Some even come complete with a contractors bag, which makes storage so much better, and it means they’re often easier to transport from place to place too.


In Conclusion…

If you are in the market for a new orbital sander, we hope that your new model can be found in the list above. Please take a look at the above sanders once more so you know which ones you would like to opt for. A good orbital sander should allow you to get a lot of jobs done with ease, so make sure you buy one as soon as you can, so you can get every single one of those 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 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.

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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