Power Sanders 101

By: Julie Day

Disk Sanders

Disk sander

Disk sander

Disk sanders work by spinning a disk of sandpaper rapidly in a circle. They are available as either handheld or table mounted models.

Disk sanders remove a lot of material quickly – like a grinder – making them mainly suitable for rough work, such as shaping edges and removing paint.

A handheld, heavy duty disk sander – called a floor edger – is used for sanding floors next to walls and doorways.

Sandpaper: Disk sanders require special round sanding disks.

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