A sander is a power tool that many handymen have in their toolbox. Very acclaimed in woodworking, sander may ultimately prove to be very versatile depending on the accessories that associate to it. You will be able sanding wood, metal plaster, and even plastic. As always, the first advice that we give you is to choose the right tool for your use. Not that easy when you realize the multitude of sanders on the market. Then follow the guide!
The different types of sander
Before presenting you the different sander technical criteria on which you can base on to make your choice, it is important to understand what each type of sander. So you will already be able to make the first selection by the use you have in, and then choose the sander according to technical criteria as required.
The belt sander: This type of sander is designed for coarse sanding. A belt sander is generally constituted by two rollers between which is fixed a strip of sandpaper. With a belt sander, you will realize roughing work on large surfaces. These sanders are not at all suited to precision grinding (another type of sander exists for this) because it is a relatively heavy and powerful tool you have to use 2 hands. (View the belt disc sander reviews here)
The sander: You want to perform finishing sanding? While the sander is the one for you! These sanders will be particularly useful on medium surfaces to prepare a wall or other surface before painting. With a fairly lightweight due to its engine of reasonable power, you can manipulate it to go into the corners. You will also have the advantage of having various forms of tea for your sander. For example, a triangular plateau is particularly suitable for the angles while a rectangular tray will be more suitable for flat surfaces.
The orbital sander: these sanders are very versatile and will be useful for coarse sanding until very fine sanding. An orbital sander combines two types of movement: a rotary and oscillating movement which makes it particularly powerful and versatile. You can use different grains for your sandpaper, the aim being to use paper more purpose for roughing first and then do the finishing touches. For fixing your sanding disc, know that you need to use a self-adhesive disc on this type of sander. An eccentric sander has a flexible tray which enables the slightly curved surface grinding.
Other types of sanders still exist. You can find such belt sanders, using the same principle as belt grinders but with less power for more maneuverability. Linear Sanders are also suitable for sanding finish, as well as orbital sanders. You receive more maneuverability even better thanks to their lightness. Finally, an orbital sander is very close to an orbital sander since it also has a turntable. However, an orbital sander will be less accurate for finishing work because it does not have the vibration movement that has an orbital sander.
The selection criteria for the purchase of the sander
Depending on the use you have in you are now able to choose the type of sander convenience. Several criteria are then to be taken into account:
An electric model or wireless? With an electric model, you often enjoy more power but at the expense of maneuverability. Indeed, it is not always easy to work in good conditions with a wire attached to our tool. You will not have this problem with a wireless model, though you will be constrained in terms of working time. Specifically, for a one-time work but requires precision and maneuverability, the wireless model is needed. However, for a regular job even daily, an electric model will be essential.
Do you need a vacuum system? If dust you create can be dangerous, it is important to ask the question of the suction system. Is your sander fitted with a vacuum bag or a system for connecting a vacuum cleaner for example?
The electronic controller: you will find some sanders that are equipped with an electronic controller. In practical terms, this will allow you to adjust the power of the tool according to work.
Power: you may have noticed, the power comes last selection criterion. This is because in reality, you do not really choose the power of your tool. This is the type of sander will determine the power of your tool
You are now ready to make your first sanding. Regardless of the medium and the type of material you are going to sand, the key is having the right tool and the appropriate abrasive.