Power Sanders 101

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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  • Phil Says:
    July 1st, 2017 at 8:31 am

    I have a speckled bone finish silestone countertop installed by Home Depot. I like it very much and want the same for a property I have in the Caribbean. Only that Home Depot say that they will not provide it since they can’t install it. I like the idea of a concrete instead and I learned that the capabiliy of concrete countertop is limitless. I have concluded that getting a 5” orbital sander and sanding disc all the way to 1500 grade will give a similar finish.

    Your thoughts ..thansk

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