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Orbit or Belt Sander Which One?

Which is best and can anybody recommend a good value one

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Matthew Platt05/03/2008 09:16:00
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Hi Andy,

Welcome aboard!

Thats a seriously useful looking router lathe in your gallery.



Andy Bell05/03/2008 10:38:00
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Hi Baz,

It sounds like my judgment of belt sanders being a bit rough and ready could be clouded by my experiance with a "cheap n nasty" tool that I've used. I get the feeling your collective experience can teach me alot.

Thanks Andy

Olly Parry-Jones06/03/2008 19:32:00
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Mike Garnham wrote (see)
.....and he used to stick the sand-paper on with some black gunk that came on a stick (from memory about an inch or so in diameter and wrapped in paper).

Anybody any idea what that black gunk might have been?

Mike, I noticed in their catalogue that Tilgear sell an affordable adhesive for sticking and easily-removing sanding discs, if you're interested?
Mike Garnham06/03/2008 19:37:00
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thanks for that.......however, I wasn't the one who got my dad's magnificent sander, so my interest was only academic. But I will go to the Tilgear site and see what the adhesive is.....thanks


A by-product of this discussion is that this is far and away the most popular string ever on this site, and a couple more entries will take us past 50! 

Keith McCarthy14/03/2008 07:19:00
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Belt sanders can be pretty aggressive, and dig a trench quite readily if you're not careful.

Randon orbit sanders are much easier to control, and can remove a lot of material readily (using 40 or 60 grit paper) or create a beautifully even, scratch free surface if you progress carefully through the grits up to 150 or 200 or even finer.  Mine is a Bosch PEX400, which I think has just been superceded by a newer version.  Performance is excellent, dust collection good, and it won't break the bank.

Keith McCarthy (in Australia).

Mike Garnham14/03/2008 07:49:00
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They can be aggressive, but a poorly used hammer can be more aggressive. Yet you wouldn't expect to find a workshop without a hammer....... It is all about skill and understanding the capabilities of the tool.

Anyway Keith, welcome to the site, and many thanks for taking this thread to the 50-mark!!

What part of Aus are you from? I have 2 brothers in Perth and have lived in Perth, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney in my time.......there is usually a bit more room for a workshop in Australia than we have over here with our tiny plots! 


derek willis14/03/2008 09:04:00
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Can there be any more to say?


Nancy Brown 114/04/2018 06:25:23
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It depends which purpose you want to use. When smoothing large, flat surfaces, especially really rough ones, nothing beats the high speed and brute strength of a belt sander.

A random Orbit sander is the best for finishing.

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