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How to Choose a Sander

Choose the best sander for your next DIY project with these tips from Lowe's. Learn about belt sanders, sheet sanders, orbital sanders, detail sanders and angle grinders. Belt Sanders If you want to quickly sand rough materials, like a deck rail, or remove the finish from an old piece of furniture, then choose a belt sander. A belt sander works by moving a loop of abrasive paper between two wheels to smooth rough or large areas. Sheet Sanders Want to smooth a surface like a shelf, table or door? Then choose a sheet sander. Sheet sanders smooth flat surfaces by moving in a constant pattern of concentric circles. They come in palm-size styles, and some models include dust bags to help contain dust and minimize cleanup time. Random Orbital Sanders Random orbital sanders sand any surface cleanly, and work by moving in random circular motions that allows it to remove a lot of material and leave a smooth finish. Most of these sanders are palm-size and most models have dust bags to help contain dust and minimize cleanup time. Detail Sanders If you want to sand in a tight space, or sand an intricate or unusual shape, choose a detail sander. They have a small, triangular sanding head to reach into those hard-to-reach areas, and excel at smoothing intricate shapes, like dowels. Angle Grinders If you need to remove accumulated rust, or smooth a rough metal edge, an angle grinder is the way to get the job done. Angle grinders are heavy-duty tools that can be fitted with steel brushes to remove rust or old paint, grinding discs to smooth masonry and metal surfaces or cutting wheels to cut metal. Find all varieties of sanders at Subscribe to Lowe's YouTube for great how to videos and home improvement tips: Or head to our channel:
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