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Title: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: farooq12 on December 22, 2018, 01:02:08 PM
Hi,


I am finding a good sander for my personal use.


Last time I bought a china one and it was pathetic.


I just checked here http://beltsanderadvisor.com (http://beltsanderadvisor.com) that Makita 9903 is a nice one.


Whats your suggestions.


Thanks.
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: Martin [Admin] on December 22, 2018, 01:15:24 PM
 
 I still like the little Black & Decker 'Mouse' sander for small jobs.

https://www.argos.co.uk/search/mouse-detail-sander/

 
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: tigertiger on December 22, 2018, 01:20:17 PM
Belt sanders are good for big bits of wood, but way too aggressive for small work.
What do you intend to do with the sander? DIY, modelmaking?
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: Capt Podge on December 22, 2018, 01:39:49 PM

Just ordered one of these

https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-hobby-series-aw130bd2-belt-disc-sander-501255?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8_Hd-8Sz3wIVCp3tCh2YzQ2eEAQYAyABEgK7ZfD_BwE


Should be delivered 27th - and at 79 should be good enough for my needs  :-)


Regards
Ray

Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: tigertiger on December 22, 2018, 01:40:12 PM
For general DIY work and some model making, I would recommend a Random Orbital Sander. It can remove larger amounts of wood quickly (like a rotary sander does) but will not dig in and leave groves.
The mouse sanders are first class for detailed work.


If you want to use a belt sander for smaller work, you should make yourself a jig. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHA_FCGF2p0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHA_FCGF2p0)
Or at the very least, get one that can be mounted upside down on the workbench, with purpose made clamps. I will see if I can dig out a picture.


As for Chinese tools being low quality. I think 99% of all tools are made in China now. Even the big brands like Makita, Bosch, DeWalt, etc. Which is why so many of them are identical except for the casing.
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: tigertiger on December 22, 2018, 01:41:50 PM
Just ordered one of these

https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-hobby-series-aw130bd2-belt-disc-sander-501255?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8_Hd-8Sz3wIVCp3tCh2YzQ2eEAQYAyABEgK7ZfD_BwE (https://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-hobby-series-aw130bd2-belt-disc-sander-501255?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI8_Hd-8Sz3wIVCp3tCh2YzQ2eEAQYAyABEgK7ZfD_BwE)


Should be delivered 27th - and at 79 should be good enough for my needs  :-)


Regards
Ray
 


Excellent choice for model making. I almost bought one this week for cabinet making.
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: tigertiger on December 22, 2018, 01:49:26 PM
This is the belt sander I have, it is flat on the top and has holes for the clamps in the casing. A simple compromise.
It also have variable speed, which is important for finer work.

NB I don't use it for modelling.
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: tigertiger on December 22, 2018, 01:55:12 PM
Here is another kind of combination sander, using a bigger belt than the one above. Better for bigger pieces but not so good for detail work. However, the circular sanding part is very good for small pieces, and great for sanding edges square to the face.
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: derekwarner on December 22, 2018, 10:26:42 PM
TT's compact home missile launcher  {-)
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: Tombsy on December 23, 2018, 07:15:03 PM
This Rigid oscillating belt/spindle sander was a major purchase for my shop but its been a real timesaver for my boat builds.
https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/8009479107?iid=202325165928 (https://www.ebay.co.uk/p/RIDGID-Oscillating-Edge-Belt-Spindle-Sander-EB4424/8009479107?iid=202325165928)


Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: Vintage on December 23, 2018, 07:51:13 PM

I am finding a good sander for my personal use.


It really depends upon what your application is?

You won't go wrong with Makita, I've used their tools professionally for years and never had an issue. I have the 4'" version of the one that you'd identified and it's brilliant, albeit a little large for most model making...

One of the most useful tools I've ever purchased was a Makita "Filing Sander" - https://www.axminster.co.uk/makita-9032-filing-sander-310193

(I'd used Black & Decker versions for years but got through so many because the quality was so poor...)

Hope this helps,

Mark
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: tigertiger on December 24, 2018, 01:39:52 AM
It really does come down to what you are going to use the sander for. The title of the OP says sander for home. With a little more information about potential uses, we could offer better advice.


I cannot get it out of my head that a belt sander (as it comes out of the box) is not very versatile, large and perhaps too aggressive for many uses. For general DIY, if I only had one sander it would be a 1/3 sheet orbital sander like the one below.
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: grendel on December 24, 2018, 05:01:17 AM
I find that through the year lidls generally do one of every type of sander available (except perhaps a spindle sander) so I have one of each.
Title: Re: Looking to buy a sander for home.. Any suggestions?
Post by: tigertiger on December 24, 2018, 05:20:49 AM
The Aldi tools I bought have also proven to be solid.
I don't think you can go wrong with Lidl or Aldi stuff for the price.