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01-14-2018 03:36 PM

So I am looking to replace my trusty collection of Porter Cable electric random orbit sanders with some air powered sanders now that I upgraded my compressor to a larger unit. I will be using these sanders to sand cabinet doors and face frames, for the most part. I would prefer a 5” sander over a 6” due to the difficulty in sanding 2” stiles and rails on raised panel cabinet doors with out bumping into the panel. I would also like a sander to have a dust port. Budget is between $100 and $200. What would you guys suggest? Brand, model ect?


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#1 posted 01-15-2018 12:08 AM

Dynabrade 56854. You’ll never look back.
Keep your air dry as well, it’s critical for air sanders. Consider a drier of some sort. A small desiccant drier would more than likely be fine for you, depending how often and hard you use the sander.
Air sanders are air hogs as well. This one runs @ 90CFM.

https://www.abrasivesupply.com/Dynabrade_56854_5in_Supreme_Vacuum_DA_Sander_p/56854.htm

I’ve never dealt with Abrasive supply….just an example.

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#2 posted 01-15-2018 12:50 AM

Dynabrade.Sioux,Surfprep,etc. A lot of sanders…

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#3 posted 01-15-2018 02:47 AM

we solely used these in cabinet shop you can also use them to sharpen glue scrapers at full rpm
DYNABRADE :<))

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#4 posted 01-15-2018 10:41 AM

I see that Dewalt has come out with a line of sanders available at Lowe’s. I wonder how they perform?

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#5 posted 01-17-2018 01:12 AM

Just by the way, “Air sanders are air hogs as well. This one runs @ 90CFM.” isn’t exactly correct. While yes, they are air hogs, they are nowhere near 90cfm. That’s an absurd amount of air. That’s like running 30 framing nailers and a sandblaster at the same time. I think its more like 19cfm at 90 psi. Much more manageable. Still requires a pretty good size compressor though. If you can handle the air supply, nothing beats an air sander. NOTHING. They are the bees knees. I prefer dynabrade.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#6 posted 01-17-2018 01:39 AM



Just by the way, “Air sanders are air hogs as well. This one runs @ 90CFM.” isn t exactly correct. While yes, they are air hogs, they are nowhere near 90cfm. That s an absurd amount of air. That s like running 30 framing nailers and a sandblaster at the same time. I think its more like 19cfm at 90 psi. Much more manageable. Still requires a pretty good size compressor though. If you can handle the air supply, nothing beats an air sander. NOTHING. They are the bees knees. I prefer dynabrade.

- Luthierman


Its a good thing it is not 90 CFM

Look at the price of an 100 CFM Compressor

https://www.aircompressorsdirect.com/tools/100-cfm-air-compressors.html

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#7 posted 01-17-2018 01:44 AM

Shoot, I can’t afford not to buy that. I’d just run it wide open and use it as a forced air unit for my furnace. While sanding, of course.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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#8 posted 01-17-2018 10:05 AM



Just by the way, “Air sanders are air hogs as well. This one runs @ 90CFM.” isn t exactly correct. While yes, they are air hogs, they are nowhere near 90cfm. That s an absurd amount of air. That s like running 30 framing nailers and a sandblaster at the same time. I think its more like 19cfm at 90 psi. Much more manageable. Still requires a pretty good size compressor though. If you can handle the air supply, nothing beats an air sander. NOTHING. They are the bees knees. I prefer dynabrade.

- Luthierman


My bad. You are correct. Not enough coffee brain fart.
As far as the cost of a large(100cfm) decent quality rotary screw compressor. Yes. Spendy….and $50 000.00 was just for the compressor in our case. After installation, air drier, and ducting….if I remember correctly it was more in the neighborhood of $75 000.00
And then there’s the maintenance…...

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#9 posted 01-17-2018 10:13 AM



Shoot, I can t afford not to buy that. I d just run it wide open and use it as a forced air unit for my furnace. While sanding, of course.

- Luthierman

LOL…actually….You could use it FOR the furnace! They run pretty hot, and thats why they need to be ducted. We actually re-direct the air with a large blast gate into the shop during the winter, and outside for the spring and summer. Don’t quote me, but if I remember correctly, the normal operating temp is somewhere around 120-130 F. Might even be higher than that. They over heat easily if they aren’t kept clean.

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#10 posted 01-17-2018 10:59 AM

I don’t use air sanders, however a cabinet shop in town does and theirs are all from HF. They say that they work fine and don’t have any problems. But not to buy the HF sand paper.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 01-17-2018 07:36 PM



I don t use air sanders, however a cabinet shop in town does and theirs are all from HF. They say that they work fine and don t have any problems. But not to buy the HF sand paper.

- Gene Howe

I would think that since an air sander is pretty much the same simple parts no matter the manufacture that the HF units would suffice, but having never owned one myself, I can not say for sure.

With that being said, Would I notice any significant step up in performance with a DynaBrade versus a HF? What would a $200+ DynaBrade unit do that a cheaper HF could not? Which HF model would be the best one to get for rough sanding cabinet doors? What about finish sanding?

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#12 posted 01-18-2018 10:52 PM


I would think that since an air sander is pretty much the same simple parts no matter the manufacture that the HF units would suffice, but having never owned one myself, I can not say for sure.

- SweetTea

This is like saying a rock from my driveway is the same as a cut jewel. I mean, technically, they are both rocks.

Dynabrade is quality. The fit and finish is really good. It will outlast a HF sander 10 fold, and give you a better finish. You have to remember, some manufacturers actually care whether or not parts fit together correctly, HF suppliers not being one of them. It will be lighter, quieter, more aggressive, and more balanced. I won’t recommend a HF sander. Save your money and get a real one.

-- Jesse, West Lafayette, Indiana

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