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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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/
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.
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.
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.
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