The sander is an important tool that is used to smooth surfaces (typically wood) by using a combination of sandpaper and speed. Depending on the size and power rating they can remove quite a bit of material in a short amount of time. Here we will focus primarily on woodworking sanders and while there are many other types that aren’t mentioned here, these are 5 of the most popular choices that both professionals and hobbyists will choose. Let’s rundown our top 5 list to help you find the best tool for your next project.
1) Random Orbital Sander
The random orbital sander is arguably the most popular type of wood sanders you can find today. The name comes from the way it operates in that it spins the sanding disk in a circular or “orbital” motion while at the same time the entire disk moves in an elliptical and “random” direction. This is designed to keep the rough particles from contacting the same spots of the surface over and over, resulting in a uniform finish.
It’s so popular because it is easy to use and produces great results on a lot of different types of projects. They are quite affordable, versatile, and small enough to use in awkward places. The one thing they don’t do well is large removal of heavier material but for those you will want to look at the larger sanders listed below.