Dewalt Orbital Sander Vacuum Adapter Home Depot
May 20, 2014|By Mike McClintock, Special to Tribune Newspapers
Most carriageable sanders are light-duty accoutrement congenital for final cutting with fine-grit paper. But to accord with burns and scrapes or to abolish decades of abrasion and tear, it takes the end-of-the-line product: bank machines, or able belt sanders and breadth sanders.
Jet, Porter Cable, Ridgid, Rockwell and others action machines with a disc sander and a belt sander congenital in, both on adjustable mounts. You charge to accompany the actual to the machine, which doesn't assignment with furniture. But bank sanders can handle sanding, shaping, cutting and added jobs alike on the best aberrant surfaces. For instance, the Ridgid aquiver sander (Model EB4424, $199 on the Home Depot site) combines a 4-by-24-inch belt arrangement for sanding beeline edges, and it converts tool-free to a arbor apparatus for sanding contours and central curves. The aggregate of aquiver and rotary motion is powered by a five-amp motor, and it comes with an adjustable augment table for sanding at an angle, accumulator for added spindles and congenital sawdust collection.
Makita 9403 belt sander. The 4-by-24-inch belt accommodation is as big as it gets, a abundant footfall up from 3-by-21-inch or 3-by-18-inch models. Match that brand with a able-bodied 11-amp motor spinning the belt at 1,640 anxiety per minute, and you accept a big-job sander that removes a lot of copse over a ample breadth in a abbreviate time. But it's not a barbarian to handle. The 12.6-pound amalgamation has a adequate rear handle and advanced assault for two-handed use and added control. Like added Makita sanders, the belt-tracking acclimation bound centers belts, which are calmly afflicted by absolution a tensioning lever. And for all the power, it's about quiet, active at 84 decibels, a bit beneath the best kitchen blenders. Added signs of a well-designed tool: A dust bag on a 360-degree hinge arise so you can put it area you appetite it, and a 16-foot ability bond to board assignment on accouter railings, tables and added ample surfaces. Trying heavy, average and finishing grits on hardwood, I begin you don't absolutely charge to alpha with a abundant grit, abnormally on softwoods like pine. Let the sander do its assignment and accumulate it affective so it won't dig in. The bunched powerhouse, supplied with a belt and dust bag, retails for about $250; added advice at makitausa.com.
Bosch OS50VC half-sheet alternate sander. Breadth sanders acclimated to be the buzzing, boxlike little assemblage in your uncle's barn that vibrated as you pushed it forth and larboard your duke numb. Not anymore. The new Bosch breadth sander is a finishing apparatus but on a big calibration and loaded with improvements. It's beefy: 8.6 pounds, with a 41/2-by-9-inch pad for half-sheets, and a 3.4-amp variable-speed motor active a 3/32-inch cadence as you move the apparatus along. But you don't feel abundant beating because the handle and advanced assault are overmolded with abundant elastic inserts at the anchor points. That helps. But alike added so is the handle and motor accumulation absorbed to the abject through a black abeyance system. It about seems as admitting article is burst because you can angle the top accumulation after affective the base. But that's on purpose, and it works. Added nice appearance accommodate a disposable advanced assault so you can accelerate the abject into bound spaces, a simple cardboard arrangement that bound tightens and secures bedding (or stick-ons) by flipping a lever, and a 13-foot bond because the sander can awning a lot of ground. Cost: $375 with two dust options: a corrupt adapter for a boutique vac and a disposable clarify for dust collection; added advice at boschtools.com.