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I have a random orbital sander and recently been looking for new tools to play with. I was wondering if there are any real benefits in adding a finish sander to my woodworking arsenal?
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A good random orbit sander should produce a finish sanded surface.
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I haven't had a sheet sander in about 30 years. Sanding wood it was only good for sanding curved surfaces. It made better use for between the coats sanding doing finishing work. The last one I had was a Porter Cable Speed Bloc sander.
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I have a random orbital sander and recently been looking for new tools to play with. I was wondering if there are any real benefits in adding a finish sander to my woodworking arsenal?
Yes, a finish sander (half-sheet or quarter-sheet) is a useful addition to your sanding tools. For one thing, it does not leave swirl marks as an ROS does, and can be used to remove the swirl marks left by ROS in the final sanding step. That is why it is called a 'finish sander'. Secondly, it can get into corners where an ROS cannot and hence provides greater coverage.

I have 3 half-sheet sanders and use them often on my projects.

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Yes, a finish sander (half-sheet or quarter-sheet) is a useful addition to your sanding tools. For one thing, it does not leave swirl marks as an ROS does, and can be used to remove the swirl marks left by ROS in the final sanding step. That is why it is called a 'finish sander'. Secondly, it can get into corners where an ROS cannot and hence provides greater coverage.

I have 3 half-sheet sanders and use them often on my projects.
Which brand of 1/2 sheet sander do you own? Do you prefer one over another? I have Craftsman, too much vibration, and Milwaukee, the best I've found with little vibration.

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I have a 1/4 sheet(speedbloc) and 1/2 sheet(Rockwell) that haven't been used in 20 years. I think I'm emotionally attached to them from all of the hand numbness they gave me over the years.

A good RO is all I use now.

I plan my sanding, large parts are sanded before they are assembled, I don't have to deal with sanding in corners.
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Which brand of 1/2 sheet sander do you own? Do you prefer one over another? I have Craftsman, too much vibration, and Milwaukee, the best I've found with little vibration.
I have a Skil, a Metabo, and a Bosch. Metabo has the least vibration and Skil is the loudest. Where I live, Milwaukee is very highly priced due to import and shipping costs.

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If you do want a good finish sander see it you can find a used Rockwell/ Porter Cable 505, they were sanding beasts, but I have two and the RO sanders have done all my sanding for many years
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