Edge sanders are the perfect woodworking power tool for smoothing and finishing. You can choose between two basic types: handheld floor sanders and belt sanders. The type of tool you will use depends on a combination of your intended application and personal preferences. You see, handheld floor sanders are great for hard-to-reach areas. They are designed to make these spaces easier to access and modify. With a traditional floor sander, certain areas are not always possible to treat, such as gaps against baseboards, walls, and railings. Belt sanders are beneficial for woodworking projects that involve smoothing edges. The structural design allows greater precision with less effort.
Floor Edge Sanders
Floor edge sanders are a popular resource for hardwood floor refinishing projects because they effectively smooth and polish hardwood floors, removing surface imperfections like dents, dents, and more. They are similar to drum sanders in terms of power, as both offer a large amount; however, the edge sander is portable, like an orbital sander, making it more convenient to carry and use. Some have complained that they are a bit bulky, but many have also mentioned that they are very easy to operate with one person. With a removable sanding disc on the bottom and an easy-grip handle on top, it’s no wonder they’re easy to work with. By simply pressing the handle at the top, the pucks are started to lower, press and spin against the floor.
Belt sanders for edges
These popular power woodworking tools are also known as oscillating edge sanders. They are preferred by many as they sit on top of a table, counter or cabinet, making them the work surface level for users. This level of height makes it easier for many people to work with wood for smoothing and finishing purposes. It also gives users a great view of their part while they work. They are powered by a continuous rotating belt that is made of sandpaper. The belt can be any grade of sandpaper, from fine to coarse grit. It all depends on the specific application. This sandpaper belt is stretched across two metal drums, which rotate as the belt rotates. It is very similar to a conveyor belt. Users simply touch the belt to their item and apply varying amounts of pressure and movement to smooth out imperfections or create curves in the wood.
Which one to get?
The type of edge sander you choose will depend on a few factors. Your preference and the needs of the project are the main factors to consider. It’s helpful to know that floor sanders usually come with a dust bag to collect debris produced by woodworking, and belt sanders don’t come with this option. This sometimes carries some weight with consumers. Both devices can be used with several different grades of sandpaper and are similarly priced in stores. However, it is a challenge to find them at your average hardware store. To purchase a quality device, you will need to contact rental facilities or a commercial woodworking store. If you are wondering which sander to choose, the best option is to acquire both. That way, you’ll be prepared for all kinds of woodworking and carpentry applications!