5" Random-orbit Sanders

July 2016 Issue 240 Page: 52 Number of Pages: 6.00

A random-orbit sander, like the ones we tested for this article, doesn't make sanding any less of a chore, but a good one shortens the drudgery while delivering a better finish than you could by hand. To help you find that good one, we tested 15 models with 5" hook-and-loop pads to see which worked the fastest, which netted the best finish, and which best combined both aspects—all while judging how well each one sucked up the dust it created.