How to choose a sander


Do you want to polish a wooden floor, sanding a wall or renovate the antique furniture achieving a perfect finish? – A sander is a tool to smooth or polish any type of floor or surface, more or less large, whether wood, metal, marble, plaster, glass… with it, you can also carry out smaller projects of homemade DIY such as removing the varnish, paint or rust from a piece of furniture, a door, a wall or a board. It is important to remember that not all sanding machines are used for the same type of work. As with many other tools, there are sanding machines with different features and functionalities. To choose the most suitable one, you must take into account the work and material of the surface you want to treat.

Sander types

Orbital sander

The orbital sander consists of a rectangular sanding base or disc that makes a quick circular motion. It is ideal for working large surfaces and sanding corners and edges. It can work all kinds of surfaces but is especially suitable for wood, therefore it is the tool that should not be missing in any carpentry. It is resistant and comfortable to use thanks to its ergonomic design. The new models usually incorporate a dust suction system that avoids dirt and allows cleaner work.

Roto Orbital Sander

The roto orbital or eccentric Sander has a round base and combines rotating and oscillating movements. It is perfect for carpentry and for sanding both flat and curved surfaces. However, with it, you will not be able to work well corners and corners. They are very powerful machines, which can polish medium and large surfaces and guarantee a perfect finish. Thanks to its combined movement, the roto orbital Sander is very versatile and can both sanding and polishing surfaces.

Belt Sander

The belt sander is a tool with more weight and great power that works with the movement of an abrasive band. It is a less precise machine and makes a finer finish than the previous ones, but allows to work comfortably large wooden surfaces or floors with varnish to renovate. Its use is usually more industrial. If you are going to use it it is important that you test it first and adapt its power to the surface you want to work to avoid sanding more volume of material than desired.

Delta Sander

The delta Sander has a triangular shape that allows you to reach any corner or corner with it. It is a small and very manageable tool, ideal as an auxiliary tool. It is easy to use, ideal for home work and perfect for restoring furniture, working small surfaces with precision or hard-to-reach areas.

Multi-function sander

Another possibility that may be useful is a multi-function gripper or sander: with a simple change of Sander disk, you can perform the same functions as a delta, orbital or eccentric. It is easy to use, manageable, ideal for small jobs and very versatile: you can adapt it at all times to the type of surface you are working on.

Tips for sanding correctly:

  1. Use the tool by always keeping it moving, thereby ensuring regular sanding.
  3. Avoid pressing the machine when you are sanding, a gentle pass will be enough.
  4. Whatever surface material you are working on, start by using a coarse-grained sandpaper and always use a finer grain in each pass.
  5. If you’re going to work Wood, remember to direct the sander in the direction or direction of the vein.
  6. Always use mask and glasses to protect you from dust and material that can jump while using the sander.
  7. Wait until the machine is completely stop before removing her hands.
Mark Weaver
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