LumberJocks

Random orbit vs palm sanders

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by gfadvm posted 1090 days ago 2191 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View gfadvm's profile

gfadvm

9520 posts in 1188 days


1090 days ago

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?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm


11 replies so far

View pjones46's profile

pjones46

207 posts in 1141 days


#1 posted 1090 days ago

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.

-- God is great, the Beer is good and people are Crazy. www.pauljoneswoodworks.com

View tomd's profile

tomd

1669 posts in 2268 days


#2 posted 1090 days ago

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

-- Tom D

View Gregn's profile

Gregn

1642 posts in 1481 days


#3 posted 1090 days ago

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

View pjones46's profile

pjones46

207 posts in 1141 days


#4 posted 1090 days ago

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?

-- God is great, the Beer is good and people are Crazy. www.pauljoneswoodworks.com

View Chipy's profile

Chipy

374 posts in 1091 days


#5 posted 1089 days ago

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

View SnowyRiver's profile

SnowyRiver

51451 posts in 1978 days


#6 posted 1089 days ago

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

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

View Steven H's profile

Steven H

1108 posts in 1558 days


#7 posted 1086 days ago

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

-- shdesign3.com

View Greedo's profile

Greedo

465 posts in 1458 days


#8 posted 1086 days ago

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.

View syenefarmer's profile

syenefarmer

379 posts in 1578 days


#9 posted 1086 days ago

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

View mnguy's profile

mnguy

153 posts in 1896 days


#10 posted 1086 days ago

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.

View teejk's profile

teejk

1185 posts in 1183 days


#11 posted 1086 days ago

...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).

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

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase