Whether you work in carpentry and construction, in manufacturing or in some other woodworking trade, a sander is an essential piece of kit that you cannot manage without. Hand sanding is a tedious process that can be very tough on the hands, can use up a lot of your project time, and can result in mistakes and inconsistencies. Using a sanding machine is faster, more efficient, and more reliable.
There are many types of electric sander, suited to slightly different purposes and sized for a range of different uses. From the DIY enthusiast to the trade professional, anyone working with wood - and other resistant materials - should invest in a good sander that will suit the work they need to do. Our DeWalt Sanding & Abrasives range features hand tools and accessories suited to almost every conceivable sanding application, and you can shop for equipment below.
When you buy a new hand sander or sanding machine, you are making an investment. You need to buy from a brand you can trust so you get a product that is fully guaranteed and built to last for years to come. DeWalt has been producing hand tools and trade equipment for almost 100 years, so you can buy with confidence.
Types of sander include orbital sanders, belt sanders and rotary sanders. These names describe the motion of the machine. Orbital sanders are most commonly used because they have a head that moves in multiple directions, so they can be used in any direction regardless of the wood grain.
Static belt sanders are often used for detail work and can act as a very basic lathe. Handheld belt sanders are very handy for home DIY and small carpentry projects because they can quickly cover a large flat area such as a door or floor.
Rotary sanders use a small abrasive wheel which spins very rapidly. They are fast and heavy duty, but they can create a slightly uneven surface due to the varying pressure on most wheels. They are often used in construction and development works, as the disks can usually be fitted to a standard hand drill or screwdriver - which cuts down on the number of tools needed for a job. A variant on the rotary sander is the flap edge sander: a rotating brush head which rubs loosely held sandpaper sheets over the surface.
To get the most from a hand sander or other abrasive power tool, it is important to use the right accessories and to replace them frequently where required. Sanding tools themselves, such as the DeWalt range of sanding products, are built to last and can withstand plenty of tough treatment. However, sandpaper, belts and other abrasive parts wear down quickly with use and must be replaced often.
Accessories available for sanding power tools include disks and wheels, sanding pads, paper belts, sandpaper sheets and blocks, orbital sander heads and replacement batteries and chargers. The majority of DeWalt sanding and abrasives products use rechargeable lithium-ion batteries at either 10.8v, 12v or 18v. These are great batteries for trade work such as construction because they offer several hours of use per charge, and they can often be shared between tools.
Abrasive pads come in all shapes and sizes, and you will have to select the most appropriate one for your needs. Rounded and triangular pads are common, but many are cut to accommodate specific surfaces and shapes. Most abrasive pads, papers and belts use glass for their surface, though metal and diamond-edged products are also available. Different materials can handle different kinds of sanding and polishing, and experimenting with sander pads and sheets will produce a range of different results for your project.
Abrasives are measured by their grade, which outlines how coarse or fine the abrasive particles on the product are. Fine grade will leave a beautifully smooth and scratch free surface which appears almost polished, but they will struggle to make much impact on a thick layer of wood or paint - and it will take you a lot of time to finish the job. Coarse grade will create a rougher finish, with a risk of splintering, but it can achieve impressive results in a short space of time. For most projects, you will need to start with a coarse surface and then work through the grades, finishing with a very fine one.
There are many different options in the DeWalt sanding and abrasives product catalogue, and you can browse and buy DeWalt sanding equipment online today.