|Resources: Choose the right sander|
Sanders run gritty paper over surfaces to remove debris and leave them with a smooth finish. This type of power tool can mean the difference between a polished, professional look and an amateur-looking finished project.
Belt sanders run wide loops of sanding material over your workpiece at high speeds to quickly remove splinters and other imperfections. The large surface area and fast operation also makes it ideal for removing paint, coatings and sealants. Disc sanders use circular discs to smooth and polish. Because of the variety of grit levels available to use with this type of sander, it's a fantastic option for polishing metal or car finishes in addition to standard wood sanding.
Detail sanders use rounded triangular heads that oscillate back and forth to reach tight corners. Use these when you want to ensure that every bit of your piece looks as great as you can make it. Finishing sanders encompass several types of sanding tools and often come with dust collection bags. These bags help prevent tiny particulates from fine sanding work from interfering with the sander or getting in your eyes or nose as you work, so you can continue to work without interruption.
Look for models with ramping soft start features to keep the piece of equipment under control as it starts. This helps you avoid over sanding an area and reduces the chance of injuries. Soft grips reduce vibration and help you keep a firm hold on the tool as you run it.
Sanders eliminate rough surfaces far more quickly than just hand sanding with sheets of paper or blocks. They are easy to learn to operate, and they're lightweight, so you can work for hours with little fatigue or hand strain. Browse our full line of every major sander type and read up about their various features to determine which option provides the performance that you need.