Air Sander Question

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by Chris posted 11-14-2007 05:30 AM 1001 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Chris 's profile


1879 posts in 3953 days

11-14-2007 05:30 AM

Topic tags/keywords: air sander pneumatic jitterbug

My dad has asked for a “jitterbug” pneumatic finish sander as a possible Christmas gift. I have no experience with air tools other than my Brad and Finish nailer’s (Porter-Cable). Does anyone have sa suggestion as to a reliable mfg?

Thanks in advance….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

5 replies so far

View Karson's profile


35111 posts in 4363 days

#1 posted 11-14-2007 05:37 AM

I don’t think I’ve ever had a jitterbug pneumatic sander, but I’ve had a circular sander. They use a lot of air to run, and the amount of electricity is more than operating an electric sander.

The Campbell Hausfeld Jitterbug Sander uses 9.0 CU FPM at 90 lbs pressure. A lot of air on a home compressor.

I don’t know if they are orbital or not. Here is one for sale.

After looking at it I know I have one somewhere in the shop. Maybe I tried it, maybe not.

Here is an interesting article on Jitterbug sanders.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View Chris 's profile


1879 posts in 3953 days

#2 posted 11-14-2007 05:42 AM


My dad has a 60 Gallon heavy duty compressor that is mounted on concrete slab outside of his shop. The air supply is not a problem. Campbell Hausfeld huh? I’ll look them up…. Thanks!

Anyone else have a suggestion?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

View mike's profile


46 posts in 4272 days

#3 posted 11-14-2007 05:42 AM


Someone I know learned the hard way – don’t ask me how I know – but the key factor is to match the pressure required in psi and the air consumption in cfm of the tool to the capacity of the air compressor.

This person I know now has a lovely and clean pneumatic sander and a lovely and clean air compressor.

Don’t tell my – ahhh – his wife – please


-- Mike, Maryland,

View olddutchman's profile


187 posts in 3897 days

#4 posted 11-15-2007 01:20 AM

Chris; The Jitterbug was origionally made by National Detroit, or Huchens, I believe. They were origionally used for auto body work. They were able to use 8 by 11 in. paper and one sheet was torn into three sheets. I have used origionals, and they use a lot of air, and remove a lot of material, depending on the grit of paper used. They are fixed orbital, instead of random orbital, which means that the pad was held by rubber feet so they did not turn. The tool will last many years. most important is how large of an orbit it takes. They will show that orbital motion as small circles on the wood. Is He planning on using it on wood, He may mean a random orbital. chech with auto stores, and your Dad before You buy

-- Saved, and so grateful, consider who Created it ALL!!!

View Brad_Nailor's profile


2539 posts in 3919 days

#5 posted 11-15-2007 01:46 AM

My buddy has one of those. He doesn’t use it much. Its kinda long and narrow, like Dutchman said I think it was designed to do auto body work.


Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics