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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 04-22-2011 05:10 AM 2424 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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gfadvm

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04-22-2011 05:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

I have the Dewalt version of both of these{Buying the set was cheaper than buying separately].I dont use the palm sander much.Is there a need for both?What do you all use each type for?

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 05:56 AM

I am in the same position. don’t use the palm sander. I thought of using it for polishing but have’t had the occasion yet.

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 06:34 AM

I have a palm sander but seldomly use it any more. The RAS just works too good.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 04-22-2011 06:52 AM

I have both myself. I use the palm sanders for profile sanding by attaching foam profiles. Hard to do with the ROS, but do use the ROS the most.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#4 posted 04-22-2011 07:42 AM

Gregn Quote:
“I have both myself. I use the palm sanders for profile sanding by attaching foam profiles. Hard to do with the ROS, but do use the ROS the most.”

Great idea, never thought of that. Do you have any info on how to make the profiles or pictures?

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#5 posted 04-22-2011 11:05 PM

The palm sanders have their uses but it’s ROS for me all the way.

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#6 posted 04-23-2011 02:52 AM

I have both too, and like everyone else, I seldom, if ever use the palm sander anymore.

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#7 posted 04-25-2011 05:33 PM

Everyone should know what ROS is for.
But Palm sander, it can be used for polishing, between coats.

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#8 posted 04-25-2011 06:34 PM

what exactly do you mean with “palm sander”?
to me it defines a smaller sander that is to be used with one hand, it can be orbital or random orbital, round, triangular or square pad!
i suppose you mean a small square pad orbital sander?

i have a triangular palm sander, been in the box for a year. all is done with ROS.

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#9 posted 04-25-2011 10:15 PM

About all I use my finish (palm) sander for is edge sanding and I do like it for that.

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#10 posted 04-25-2011 10:32 PM

I use my 1/4 sheet palm sander for light sanding between coats when painting, especially spraying – gets into corners and it’s much more difficult to smoke through the finish. It’s also easier, IMO, to use on narrow edges, like a shelf, and keep the sander flat on the surface. In many applications, it combines the speed of the ROS with the control of a sanding block.

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#11 posted 04-25-2011 10:56 PM

...for me, I used the 1/4” solely for corners on cabinet doors where the ROS won’t reach, and sanding between coats (wife likes it), occasionally on frame work when I’m too lazy to change grits on the ROS that is sitting right next to it, and once in a while for truing-up corners (1/4 sheet of sandpaper is much cheaper than one of those round things).

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