Electric & Power Sanders

A sander is a member of the power tool family, and it's used to smoothen surfaces by abrasion using sandpaper. Sanders are built with a mechanism that allows it attach to sandpaper and also move rapidly when in use. It can be contained within a housing and can be hand-held it or fixed to a workbench.

Black + Decker KA280 230V Autoselect 4-in-1 Multi Sander
Black + Decker KA280 230V Autoselect 4-in-1 Multi Sander
Bosch PSM 100 A Multi-Sander
Bosch PSM 100 A Multi-Sander
Black + Decker KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander
Black + Decker KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander
Black + Decker KA2500K-GB 120W Mouse Sander
Black + Decker KA2500K-GB 120W Mouse Sander
Makita BO4556 240V Palm Sander Plus Clamp
Makita BO4556 240V Palm Sander Plus Clamp

The woodworking sanders are typically powered electrically, and others used for auto-body repair work are powered with compressed air. There are so many different types of sanders, and they all have distinct purposes. Some multi-purpose power tools, as well as electric drills, can also have sander attachments.

The woodworking sanders

Flap sander

It is also called sanding flap wheel.

This sanding attachment is shaped just like a Rolodex it is and used mainly on a hand-held drill. It can also be attached to a bench grinder when needed for finishing curved surfaces.

Hand-held or Stationary Belt Sander

The disc sander is the most commonly applied as a stationary machine, and it consists of a disposable circular shaped sandpaper which is attached to a wheel controlled by compressed air or an electric motor. The device is usually a wooden workpiece, (even though other materials may be shaped and filed such as metals, plastics, and other soft constituents). It’s attached to the front bench and can be adjusted in various angles. It can also be utilized for rough or fine sanding subject to the sanding grit being used.

This kind of sander is typically stationary, unlike other hand-held sander units.

Also, it is possible to purchase a tool that will have a belt sander as well. Two of the devices operate on almost the same principle. The propelling of the sandpaper at a very high rate of speed can lead to a more effective and complete sanding. Picking this option will probably add to the cost of the device, but it may well be worth it. Also, the belt sander can be used for pieces that the disc sander cannot handle easily.

In addition to this disc sander, some other types of sanders can also be used, but it depends on the job. They include drum sanders, random orbit sanders, and straight-line sander. Often, a sander can be used for only one size, or type of material and others may be used for some other pieces. Nevertheless, no matter how many pieces there may be, it may all be a part of a single project.

Different types of materials may be used with a disc. Woodwork is, possibly, the most prevalent application. Though, plastics and aluminum, as well as other softer materials, may also be used. An owner's manual in the sander should summarize which materials it will be appropriate to use with and which ones to avoid.

Oscillating spindle sander

The sander attached to a spindle that both oscillates and rotates in and out or perhaps, up and down alongside the axis of a spindle is an oscillating spindle sander. It's perfect for sanding contours and curves that would be problematic with either hand or orbital sanding.

An oscillating spindle sander is a primary machine which comprises of a tabletop and a sanding drum bulging through a hole at the top. This drum is enclosed with an abrasive sleeve. As well as rotating, the device oscillates or moves up and down.

Random orbital sander

The orbital sander is a hand-held sander, and it vibrates in orbits or small circles. The sanding disk spins while moving simultaneously and causes the orbital action which it is known for. It is mainly used for fine sanding and where little materials are to be removed.

Straight-line sander

This sander vibrates in a straight line, as opposed to circles. It's ideal for places where blocking is required, or hand sanding is tedious. A majority are air-powered, and a few are electric. Otto Hendrickson patented the first air-filled straight line sander in 1969.

Detail Sander

This hand-held sander utilizes a small vibrating head and a triangular piece of sandpaper affixed. It is used for vert tight spaces and sanding corners. It is also called “Mouse" or "corner" sander.

Stroke Sander

This large production sander functions by a hand-operated platen placed on a standard sanding belt for pressure application. For larger surfaces like tabletops, cabinets and doors.

Table Top Drum Sander

This bench top sander uses a rotating drum. It's similar to a jointer; the operator needs to alter the height of the grit, by adjusting the grit of sandpaper, so as to improve the depth of the cut. The wood is hand fed against a drum to get a flat, smoother surface. It can be used for edge sanding, surface sanding, cabinet doors and stripping paint.

Drum sander

This large sander utilizes a rotating sanding drum. Just like a planer, the operator can adjust the feed rollers to feed wood into the machine. This sander smoothens it and sends it out to the other side. It's ideal for finishing larger surfaces.

Wide belt sander

This large sander has a similar concept with a planer, but it's much broader. It uses a big sanding belt head, unlike the planer's shaping head. It also requires air from different sources to tension the belt. It works on finishing and rough sanding large surfaces. It's often used for manufacturing cabinets and furniture.

Profile Shaper/Sander

This industrial machine comprises a powered transport and a series of workstations that perform the sanding and shaping, or any other finish operations. It works on edges of cabinets, furniture, shelves and other products. The machines create and also finish the decorative edges in an automatic process using its rotating 'shaping heads', as well as 'sanding wheels', and 'foil applicators' with other specialized equipment.