One of the biggest parts of DIY projects is not only making brand new things, but also restoring old things you have, but don’t want to completely replace. Whether it be old furniture or an appliance that’s been passed down from previous generations, you’re going to need to likely strip down the worn paint to restore it.
Even if it’s a brand new project, it needs to be sanded so that the primer can adhere properly. That’s where an orbital sander comes in handy. There are a few advantages that orbit sanders have over traditional sandpaper.
Obviously the first advantage is that it’s far easier. Using sandpaper by hand is a long and tedious process, especially on things that have a bit of rust built up or have a lot of surface area.
Another great advantage is that orbit sanders provide a more randomized sanding pattern, so that you don’t get horizontal or vertical streaks in the sanding. The TACKLIFE 5 inch orbit sander is a great option for a simple, yet effective orbit sander.
It has a comfortable grip so that long projects won’t hurt your hands, and you’ll be able to keep things precise and steady. It’s important that you don’t have a sander that might run away from you, because then you might start sanding parts that you really didn’t want to.
This sander has an adjustable speed setting, so that you can get it just right. At max speed, this tool runs at 13,000 OPM, or orbits per minute. That is plenty fast, so you can tackle rougher jobs like rusted tools and components with ease.
One of the common issues people face when they’re doing a lot of sanding is the dust it creates. It’s not quite as bad with things like wood dust, but paint dust and rust particles are very bad for you.
This sander is equipped with a high performance dust collector, which helps keep all of that particulate trapped in a little collection box while you work, giving you a safer and cleaner work environment.
It comes with 12 sanding discs right out of the box, in both strong and medium grit strengths, so you have options depending on how delicate the item you’re working on is. The stronger grit works better on fixing up rust or getting the rough shape down, while the finer grit lets you do precise work and doesn’t remove as much material.