Power Sanders 101

By: Julie Day

Drum Sanders

Drum sanders operate by spinning a tube of sandpaper around a motorized drum. They can be used to sand curved shapes, as well as large surfaces like wood floors.

Spindle drum sander

Spindle drum sander

Drum sanders remove material very quickly and can easily gouge surfaces if not used correctly.

Types of drum sanders include:

  • Drum sanders chucked in a drill and used to sand curves freehand.
  • Bench mounted spindle sanders that spin while moving up and down for sanding curves.
  • Walk behind drum sanders for sanding wood floors

Sandpaper: Drum sanders require sanding sleeves, or special sanding paper fastened around a floor sanding drum.

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