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  • Best sander to Buy ?

    What is the best type of sander to buy for using on fiberglass ?


  • #2
    Re: Best sander to Buy ?

    it really depends on the job you are trying to do. orbital elect/air, you don't have to spend the top dollar, just keep the dust blown out of the motors.
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    • #3
      Re: Best sander to Buy ?

      If you want to agressively remove material to prep for glassing, then my favorite is an angle grinder with a 24 grit disc. Removes material quickly.

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      • #4
        Re: Best sander to Buy ?

        One part of the decision is whether you get electric or air powered, kind of pay me now, for the BIG air compressor, or pay me later, individual electric tools can be more expensive than air.

        On my project I used my random orbit sander, belt sander, grinder with sanding discs and grinding wheels and even my dremel.

        The most versatile of sanders is a random orbit sander. You can do finish sanding with it but also put 36 grit paper on it and get aggressive. Not as good as a belt sander or grinder, but it will take paint and gel coat off.

        I have had decent luck with Ryobi for cheap sanders, I have not tried Harbor Freight or similar Chinese brands, and shy away based on cheap grinder that i bought.

        But as probably has been said before. if you are doing boat repair and renovations, the tool you MUST have is a 4 1/2 inch right angle grinder. Go get a ridgid or other name brand low cost unit and go for it. You will be using it later to sharpen your mower blade and pruning shears.
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        • #5
          Re: Best sander to Buy ?

          i have had excellant service from my ryobi, tools, and my ryobi 18 volt tools.
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          • #6
            Re: Best sander to Buy ?

            i bought a harbor freight electric orbital for about 25 bucks works great, its about a year old and made it thru a project, many many many hours of sanding, keep waiting for it to crap out, but i have a chicago electric angle grinder(which is a harbor freight brand) that i have had for at least 10 years and worked like a dog thats still runs like a champ! they are CHEEP and i so far most tools electric and pneumatic ive gotten from HF have held up well, and at that price hell they are almost disposable.
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            • #7
              Re: Best sander to Buy ?

              I just bought Dewalt's new random orbital sander. It is has a 5" disk for hook and loop pads, heavy-duty rated, variable speed and filtration. If you buy it at Lowes, I believe they are still offering a 15% discount on all power tools and then you also get a $20 mail in rebate from Dewalt. Retail price was $89 and final price with discount and rebate was $55.

              I used this the past two weeks completely sanding down and prepping my boat for new gel coat. The variable speed feature is nice for less aggressive/fine tuning applications.

              Dan

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              • #8
                Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                I am a air tool technician and hands down I like Ingersoll Rand
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                • #9
                  Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                  My wife bought me a Dewalt 5" orbital for my B-day last year just for working on the boat. I have used it more than just about any other tool. And now I hate my wife. I have dust in my ears.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                    Originally posted by drewpster View Post
                    My wife bought me a Dewalt 5" orbital for my B-day last year just for working on the boat. I have used it more than just about any other tool. And now I hate my wife. I have dust in my ears.
                    Great wife Drewpst. Not many would buy their man tools.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                      Agreed, I'm very lucky that my fiance has bought me a tool for every special occasion (Christmas, B-day, Valentines, etc...) since we have been together. I just keep telling her, these tools will build what YOU want someday.

                      Dan

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                      • #12
                        Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                        6" Porter Cable DA. hands down. for electric. ( you can get nuts and buy a fein )

                        5" Dynabraid Air DA.

                        8" soft pad for large areas ( I have a mac sander/polisher )

                        4.5" angle grinder I agree is a must ( but one with switch on the side..NO finger triggers.)

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                        • #13
                          Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                          I like using electric power when in tight quarters or when working anywhere where I don't care to have a heavy air hose dragging behind. An electric cord is easier to control.

                          You do have to be carefull about getting glass dust in an electric motor, but that's not usually much of problem in most cases. I have never had a failure caused by dust.

                          For rough sanding and shaping I like a 4.5" Dewalt grinder or if the job calls for it, even a hand held belt sander. For finish work, inside or on wood I use a Dewalt orbital sander, but for final paint and prep work I use an Ingersol or Hutchins orbital air sander.

                          I do have both air and electric in just about all types of sanders and end up using both depending on which I feel will do the job at hand, but if I had to have only one sander, or grinder, the dewalt 4.5" electric would be the choice. I have two of them, both versions, and they've been absolutely indestructable. I use them for rough shaping, sanding and cutting.
                          For finish work, an orbital is the only choice.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                            Had to dig this up for a question.

                            For finish work, should I get a 1/4 sheet "orbital" or a 5" round "random orbital" sander? This will be for sanding places that I've filled and also sanding primer prior to painting.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Best sander to Buy ?

                              The random unit are good BUT sometimes on finish work IF you spin up the unit and then hit the work it can get ugly VS some fine work buy hand
                              If a dirty bottom slows you down what do think it does to your BOAT

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