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I am looking for a good all-around sander to get the job done.

Can anyone suggest a good one that can be used for most jobs?

Bells and whistles are not needed.

All suggestions are welcomed.
 

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I own a Dewalt orbital its been a durable tool for me.There may be one out there with a more compact design though maybe Makita?
 

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Bells and whistles, no, but those de-spec'd HD pieces of crap will vibrate your hand off your wrist by 10AM coffee break

Porter-Cable or DeWalt from a Tool Store should do it

I'm not surprised to hear recommendations of Makita either
I've not used a palm sander by them, but many other tools that were all great
 

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...a Dewalt orbital ...There may be one out there with a more compact design...
They've got a reasonably compact one that is extremely comfortable
 

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Thanks for the tips, guys.

I hate to be a pain, but do you have any further specs on the sanders?

Such as model numbers, size and even how much money I am looking at?

I'm a total rookie, so I need all the help I can get.
 

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Well, really the best thing to do is go to your local Tool Store and try them out

Sounds dumb, but seriously, it's the best way
You could be using this sander for hours at a time, make sure it's got good weight and balance for you

If they won't let you actually use them, at least hold them in your hand
Upside down, against the wall....
(you can make the buzzing noises with your mouth...lol)

If you don't like the feel of it, it doesn't matter how may people tell you it's good, you won't want to use it, you'll fatigue early, etc....

You'll have to decide about 1/4 sheet or round sandpaper
If you've got nothing, a 1/4 sheet would be a better first one, as the round can't get into some areas
You can get the round one later
Then there's hook and loop or adhesive...
 

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I personally use a random orbital for just about everything. I own a piece of junk palm sander for around the house. I know you're not asking about random orbital's, but some FYI for everyone....I just picked up a craftsman 5" hook and loop for around $90 and it is a sweet little machine. Comfortable, smooth, adjustable speed....good little unit...it rates toward the top in the online reviews...
 

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I have 2 makitas one random orbit and one sheet sander I also have a "mouse for fine detailing a Black and Decker random, and a old craftsman (metal handled one) sheet sander.

Sorry to say the Black and Decker is by far the most used and best in my honest opinion.

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I bought a Festool DTS 400 EQ-plus 2 months ago for 280 euro's.

The cheap one's like Slickshift will vibrate your hand off your wrist by 10AM coffee break.

Festool is known here in Holland for their low viberating tools.


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Well, really the best thing to do is go to your local Tool Store and try them out

Sounds dumb, but seriously, it's the best way
You could be using this sander for hours at a time, make sure it's got good weight and balance for you

If they won't let you actually use them, at least hold them in your hand
Upside down, against the wall....
(you can make the buzzing noises with your mouth...lol)

If you don't like the feel of it, it doesn't matter how may people tell you it's good, you won't want to use it, you'll fatigue early, etc....
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Yep, prices will be compatable, and its how the tool feels in your hand.

I have some bosch sanders that do just fine........ But I thought the bosch blue was pretty so that was the decider for me......:blink:
 
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