Random-Orbit Sander vs. Orbital Finishing Sanders
For this article, we'll focus on the most popular classes of both types: 5" random-orbit and quarter-sheet orbital finishing sanders.
Portable Drum Sander
Drum-sand curved edges quickly and accurately with this super-simple jig.
"Moderation in all things" applies to sanding, too
Some sources recommend sanding wood only to 220 grit. Why not keep going with finer grits and make the surface even smoother?
Belt It Out: 5 Shop-Tested Belt Sanders
When you need a tool to remove material in a hurry—smoothing glued-up panels or rough-sawn boards, for example—few tools beat a belt sander. In our experience, a sander that weighs 9–10 pounds, provides the best control without being too heavy. We tested nine models and recommend these.
Get the Right-size Random-orbit Sander
Can’t decide between a 5" and 6" model? Here’s what each does best.
Do sander holes reflect performance?
Doesn’t it stand to reason that a larger sander—which removes more material—would need more holes to suck up the dust?