Sanders are a popular power tool among tradesmen from different industries and there are many types to choose from that do different applications, from smoothing out joints to applying a fine finish.

We take a brief look at the range available and which one is right for your job application.

Types of sanders

Corded Sanders – Belt vs. Orbital vs. Random Orbital

Belt Sanders

Belt Sanders deliver aggressive sanding of wood using a mechanism that revolves a belt abrasive to sand the same spot at a high speed, removing larger pieces of wood quickly and efficiently.

  • Ideal for sanding larger work areas
  • Rough sanding for a quicker finish

Orbital Sanders

Orbital Sanders take abrasive sheets as opposed to belts and are more commonly used for jobs where a belt sander is too aggressive. Half sheet versions cover more area while third or quarter sheet versions are ideal for smaller areas.

Orbital sanders feature a pad that vibrates in tiny circles that allows the user to sand in any direction.

  • Half sheet, third or quarter sheet versions for different work areas
  • Smaller, orbital versions provide a fine finish (with the right abrasive)
  • More forgiving than a Belt or Random Orbital model

Random Orbital Sanders

Random Orbital Sanders feature a round pad that simultaneously vibrates and spins in circles, providing a more refined finish than the Belt or Orbital models. Although harder to control, this sander can be used for removing wood quickly or achieving a high end finish for furniture and worktops (depending on the grit of your abrasive disc).

  • Flexible sander that can be used for most sanding applications
  • Round pad uses disc abrasives, typically 125mm or 150mm

 types of sander

Key sanding features – design and extraction

The majority of sanders now feature a body grip design that allows the user to rest their palm on the top of the sander. This ergonomic design provides greater control and comfort, especially with the random orbit sanders.

Dust extraction is essential when it comes to sanding, both for health reasons and keeping the workplace tidy. Perforated abrasives allow for dust to pass from the work area to a dust extractor. Read more why dust free sanding is good for business.

Makita have a cordless sander in their range called the DBO180 which is a 125mm Random Orbital Sander that runs on a 18v li-ion battery. This model is ideal for tradesmen working on site without mains power or for sanding tough to reach work areas.

Types of Makita Sander

We stock a great range of Makita sanders and sanding abrasives, available online and in store.

From the powerful 9911 Belt Sander to the popular BO5031 Random Orbit Sander, we can find you the right sander for the job.

View our range of Makita Corded Sanders here >>