Many woodworking tasks and businesses will benefit from the use of an electronic sander. The marriage of power, pressure and the sander’s movement is favoured by most trades as there’s a noticeable difference in the finishing and a reliably consistent result across your material.
Equipped with one of these powerful tools it’s possible to cover larger surfaces, plough through big projects and get your work done quickly and efficiently. In sanding equipment, there are various types to choose from and no one size fits all, so carefully consider what style of sander will suit your woodworking needs the most.
Sanders & Polishers
A random orbital sander is known for producing a fine finish. The sanding pattern is produced by simultaneously spinning the sanding disk and moving it in small ellipses. The combination of spinning and orbiting always ensure a random path so the tool doesn’t leave a swirl pattern nor is it sensitive to the direction of the wood grain.
The BO5031 is a 125mm random orbital sander suitable for a range of sanding applications from paint removal to fine finishing. With variable speed control and 300w motor.
Palm Sanders are often referred to as finishing sanders as they are best served at the end of a project to leave a clean, smooth finish. As the name suggests, they neatly fit into the size of your palm for perfect polishing and ultimate control.
The Makita BO4556 is a slim-line palm sander that generates up to 14,000 orbits per minute. With a 1.5mm oscillating diameter for very fine finishing. With a soft-start system this allows time for the motor to speed up to the maximum revs without any torque kickback.
Belt sanders are both big and powerful, they produce an aggressive sanding action that is designed for rapidly removing material and covering a large surface area. This is great for cleaning up pieces of timber and belt sanders are brilliant for starting the sanding process. They are also good for removing stubborn paint or varnishes from wood and bringing the wood back to its original grain. If you have a rough sanding project or in need or fast sanding to cover a number of pieces of material, a belt sander will help you get through the bulk.
There are also variable speed settings and an option to stay on continuously so you keep downtime to a minimum. When the sanding belt is worn, there is a spring-loaded switch that allows you to easily swap the belt.
Our recommendation for a heavy-duty belt sander is the Makita 9911. This 3 x 18” belt has a 5-star rating from like-minded tradespeople and features a burly 5.6amp motor. Designed with a deliberate flat top surface to double up as a bench-top sander. It’s great for smoothing a variety of materials, plus you can even control the speed by adjusting the setting between 250-900 ft/min. This is designed to be a workshop machine, and is supplied in either 110v or 240v.
It’s possible to attach a dust-bag to all of our Makita Sanders and this will prevent you from blasting debris and saw dust around as you work. It’s as easy to discard of the unwanted dust when the bag is full. This will ensure your work area always remains clean so you can focus on the task in hand.
Makita are one of our most premium brands in power tools. Premium doesn’t necessary mean expensive, these workshop machines are a worthwhile investment and not as pricey as you may think. What you’re paying for is reliability, that stems from a century of expertise, quality assurance and rigorous testing to every tool.
Whilst popular with carpenters, builders and furniture makers. You can strip paint from old doors to bring them back to life and smooth down a surface for a new lick of varnish. It’s also possible to attach a polisher to one of their smaller models and use this handy tool to buff your car up to a gleaming shine. As well as remove rust from metalwork, also popular for car repairs.