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#1 doofaloofa


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Posted 06 February 2016 - 07:27 PM

I'm thinking of getting an electric sander

Which is the best all round type to get (belt, orbital etc)

has anyone tried a cordless?

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 07:32 PM

Depends what you want to do with it..?

Makita Belt sander is great but noisy, only good for really big areas

Would prefer to remove my right arm than give up my Fein Multimaster for detail stuff.

Cordless..?? They are usually high wattage so can't see them lasting that long.

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Posted 06 February 2016 - 10:13 PM

I have a quarter sheet sander, was just a cheap one, had it about 20 years now and it does a lot of work.
It is only the second one I have owned, so they are reliable.

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 09:35 AM

As Peter says, depends on what you want it for. Whilst both will "do the job", one will do some jobs better than the other one.

Belt for shifting/truing stuff...


Sheet sander for gentler stock removal...


And as above but for ease of access into the difficult bits...


And for stock removal and good finish (with minimal pressure)...


(Note: The illustrations are for illustrative purposes only and do constitute recommendations because opinions on the quality of some of the makes is "mixed".) ;)

(Note 2: This particular post, whilst answering the OP, is also here for the benefit of members and visitors who might need a little more help in making their decision.) :rolleyes:

Edited by joiner, 07 February 2016 - 09:35 AM.

#5 doofaloofa


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Posted 07 February 2016 - 09:57 AM

Thanks men

The initial jobs are cleaning up some WD floor boards post extension, and smoothing joints on some plaster board, but I'd like a good all round machine

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Posted 07 February 2016 - 10:36 AM

Re cordless sanders- I've got the Makita one, primarily because I use it on the boat and it saves faffing around with inverters, extension leads, and then wondering how to charge the boat's batteries. With 4Ah batts you get about 20mins sanding per battey. Kind of heavy compared to a corded one. Does a good job on smallish areas (it's a 5" random orbital).