Buying Guide

How to Use a Sander

Learn the Anatomy
The anatomy of a sander
  • Power switch – turns the unit on and off 
  • Housing motor – powers the sander 
  • Sanding pad – used to smooth or buff a surface 
  • Dust bag – catches the excess debris 
  • Battery – powers the motor 
  • Palm grip – offers easy handling
Learn the Basics
The basics of using a sander
  • Safety is key. Make sure to wear protective glasses and a dust mask when using a power sander. 
  • Sandpaper grits come in different varieties. The higher the number, the finer the grain particles. Sandpaper with a lower grit number will be more coarse than options with a higher value. 
  • Fine: 150-180 – this can be used to finish or refinish a surface 
  • Medium: 40-60 – this can be used to remove paint or stain from various surfaces 
  • Coarse: 20-36 – this is best used for removing an existing finish or smoothing a rough surface
Load the Sanding Paper
How to load sandpaper
  • After you’ve chosen the right grit level for your needs, load it onto the base of the sander.  
  • Use the fast hook and loop system to peel off and replace new pieces of sandpaper. 
  • Make sure the new pad is properly aligned with the base.
Turn on and Test
How to turn on and test sanders
  • Switch the unit on and perform a quick test. 
  • Move the sander in a circular motion along a piece of scrap board to make sure it’s working as expected for the job at hand.
Sand the Surface
How to sand the surface with a sander
  • Since orbital sanders can be used with any kind of motion, sand the surface in the direction that works best with the material. 
  • The result will be a consistent, swirl-free finish. 

Tip: Parallel sanding works best for belt and sheet sanders.

Orbital Sander Usage Tips
Best uses for an orbital sander
  • Ideal for quick sanding needs, especially smooth surfaces like rough metal, wood or plastic. 
  • Can be used to remove paint or rust. 
  • Try a belt sander for bigger jobs that cover larger surfaces. 
  • For more delicate tasks, consider using a sheet sander instead.