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Question Need help with Sanders

Hello there,

After reading the forum for a couple of weeks, I decide to ask for help.

I am a Brazilian living in Canada and over here I started a new hobby, and why not, in the future, a small business.

So, I already made some DIY wood projects such as bookshelf with wood crates (hand sanded and stained) but now I want to do a small office table and a small portable table to serve coffee and some drinks.

For those, I decided to buy a power sander but which one? There are different kinds.

To start I am thinking in one like these:
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/1-4-...der-kit/860964

But after watching some Youtube videos I am guessing that a Random Orbit sander could be better for my needs? If yes, this one is ok? http://www.homedepot.ca/product/5-in...-sander/860963

Also, I have a really nice deal on a belt sander (50% off) and I am thinking to buy that just because the deal and, probably, if I decided to use old pallets to make some home furniture it will be needed, right?

The belt sander that I am talking is this one: http://www.homedepot.ca/product/cycl...-sander/922429

So, sorry for any dumb questions, but I am kind of new on power tools.

Thanks for all the help.
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Each sander is good to have and has it's own purpose.

On solid wood I always start with a belt sander. Solid wood has chip out places and planer marks in it and the belt sander will smooth the wood out but needs further sanding. It takes time and practice to master using a belt sander though. You have to keep the bottom of the sander completely flat on the wood while sanding. If you manage to let one corner or another tip while sanding it makes little dents in the wood which are very difficult or impossible to see. You just have to assume they are there and sand it out with a orbital sander.

The orbital sander is good to do a more aggressive sanding on solid wood and plywood. It has a more rigid base on it so the sandpaper is more prone to sand out irregularities in the wood and make it flat.

The finish sander is better suited for finer sanding of plywood or solid wood that is already sanded. It has a soft pad so any extensive sanding will sand out the soft part of the wood giving it a washboard look to the wood. The finish sander can also be handy sanding a finish between coats.
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Steve gave a lot of good info and I agree totally. I would also like to add that if I were in your shoes right now my first sander purchase would be a random orbital sander. I own all 3 types and bought the ros last. I now use it for at least 95% of the sanding work I do.
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If you want one do-it-all sander, get a random orbit with variable speed. You can get aggressive sanding on the highest speed, then turn it down for finish sanding. I have a DeWalt 5", and it's been great.

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Sound like you've been bitten by the wood bug.You've received some good advice and the random orbit sander is the most versatile of all.The only thing I will add,and I will get some arguing with me,is over the brand of tools .The B&D and Ryobi tools are made for the home owner for occasional use and are designed to last a certain amount of hours before failure.If you're serious about woodworking I would save a little more money and opt for some better quality tools.There are always some very good sales at the big box stores on the higher end tools.
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Thanks for all replies :)

So, talking about brands, what you guys think about RIDGID?
They have lifetime warranty and this seems to be a plus.
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Thanks for all replies :)

So, talking about brands, what you guys think about RIDGID?
They have lifetime warranty and this seems to be a plus.
I have a Ridgid 6" RO sander that I bought refurbished. It's the best sander I've ever owned.
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Thanks for all replies :)

So, talking about brands, what you guys think about RIDGID?
They have lifetime warranty and this seems to be a plus.
I don't want to get into the brand debate again.Do a search and you will find thousands of threads on that.I just made a general statement that the op,getting serious about WW,may want to look at some higher end tools than B&D and Ryobi.
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I don't want to get into the brand debate again.Do a search and you will find thousands of threads on that.I just made a general statement that the op,getting serious about WW,may want to look at some higher end tools than B&D and Ryobi.
Ok mako1, I am going to do this.
Thanks a lot.
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Well,

Besides this deal:


And after reading some topics on this forum, I decided to go with a Random Orbit Sander:


Now, one step each time, and with patience, I am going to start my simple projects, trying to not only accomplish it, but learning some good skills to have a really nice finish.

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Wise choice selecting the ROS, as you progress you can add to your arsenal with the other models as you need them. The ROS will do pretty well everything if you have a good assortment of disks, just may take a little longer sometimes.

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Be very careful.I started out the same way with an old Craftsman table saw bought used and ended up with a 3000 sf shop and 250k worth of tools.It's addicting
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It was for me between the Ridgid and DeWalt, but I didn't like how the dust bag on the Ridgid was offset. I'm left handed and I thought it might be awkward to use for me. Otherwise I might've gotten it, it was cheaper and reviewed pretty well.

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So,

Today I bought the first part to build a simple bench and asked for some advice here: http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f27/h...4/#post1057938

Thanks for all help guys.
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