DIY Sanding The Benefits of Stepping up to Electric

Hilti Orbital Sander

Hilti Orbital Sander

For independent builders and DIYers, sanding down materials is a task that takes time, precision and effort. Hand sanding is an easily available and cheap way to produce a finished piece, however it does have its negative points.

It takes a long time to achieve the desired effect, for DIYers and especially for Independent builders, time is of high importance. It also takes a lot of effort to produce, and the finished product may not be how you wanted it turn out.

This is why investing in hiring an electric sander for your needs may be the best way to go. Electric sanders do the job in no time at all, producing an even finish. Because it takes next to no time compared to hand sanding, if the desired effect isn’t produced after use, then you have the time to start again and try another method.

There is a variable choice of electric sanders available, and below is listed these different types and their individual benefits:

Types of Electric Sanders and Their Benefits

Belt Sander
Achieves a smooth and shaped surface with minimal effort. The device is best held straight, which avoids an uneven finish. Whilst using the belt sander, hardly any pressure is applied to the wood by the person using it. This means you can be precise and delicate with your material.
This tool is certainly the choice of carpenters, as it is so easy to use. If you are removing surface residue from any material then it should be your weapon of choice.

Disc Sander
This is a heavy sander in general, usually used as a stationary fixture. Certainly not as versatile and adaptable as the belt sander, but giving better results for longer and heavier materials. The benefit of using this sander, is that both of your hands are free to manipulate the material through. It is certainly handy to be able to guide the material through with two hands to achieve the desired effect.

Orbital Sander   
The orbital sander is extremely quick, maybe even quicker than the belt sander. The are no swirl marks left behind on materials and there is no dust residue. The reason there is nothing left behind is because most orbital sanders have a built in ventilation system. This is ideal if you are working in a confined area that doesn’t have good ventilation, or if you do not want a lot of mess.

Random Orbital Sander
The Random Orbital Sander is different from the regular orbital sander, as it oscillates as well as rotates giving two separate movements. This only makes the process of sanding more thorough and quicker.

Drywall Sander
This sander is fixed upon the end of a pole so that no steps are needed to reach the tops of walls. Any time spent off a ladder is safer than being on one, so this only helps to make the process of sanding drywall safer. Mostly they can be found with a anti dust vacuum system built in, avoiding the problems of clean up. This sander is ideal if you need to sand your drywall quickly and effectively.

The Fein Multimaster
This sander is cordless, and is mostly used for sanding down corners, window frames and doors. It can also be fitted with a grouting accessory, which is perfect for kitchens and bathrooms. This can make bedroom en-suite conversions much quicker and easier.

From the range and benefits of electric sanders, we can see clearly that it can only serve to benefit independent DIYers and builders alike. If you need to get a job done quickly and right, but only need the sander for a specific time period or just on one job, it is definitely worth looking at hiring one. A tool hire company with a good reputation and range of products is Plantool Hire Centres. Check them out to find all of your tool hire needs.

This article was written by Drew Rapley, a writer addressing what makes building and DIY life easier for the individual.

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