Disc sanders are power tools that use rotating sanding discs to grind and smooth a wide range of surfaces, including wood, metal, plastic, and composites. This detailed machine, which consists of a base and a table in front of the rotating section, is one of the most commonly used power sanders in woodworking.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF DISC SANDERS?
LARGE DISC SANDERS
Large disc sanders are large and powerful machines designed for heavy-duty sanding tasks. They are often mounted on a bench or stand, which provides a stable and secure work surface.
These sanders have a large disc that rotates at a high speed, (some go as high as 12,000 RPM, allowing for quick and efficient sanding. The discs range in size from 5” to 30” in diameter, and are typically made from abrasive materials like aluminum oxide, silicon carbide, zirconia, and ceramic. One of the benefits of using a stationary disc sander is its ability to handle large workpieces. The larger disc allows for a greater sanding surface area, which can reduce the amount of time needed to complete a job. Stationary disc sanders also typically have more powerful motors than portable disc sanders, which allows them to handle tougher sanding tasks.
COMBINATION BELT AND DISC SANDERS
This type of sander combines a disc sander and a belt sander in one unit. They typically consist of a flat worktable with a sanding belt mounted on one side and a sanding disc on the other. The ability to switch between the two also makes it easier to work on different types of surfaces and shapes. Combination belt and disc sanders are a great option for those who need a versatile and flexible sanding tool that can handle a range of tasks.
TABLETOP DISC SANDERS
Tabletop disc sanders are small, compact machines intended for use on a tabletop or workbench. One of their main advantages is their compact size. They take up less space than larger stationary disc sanders, making them ideal for home workshops or small workspaces. They are also relatively affordable and easy to use, making them a great choice for beginners.
WHAT ARE DISC SANDERS USED FOR?
Disc sanders are used for a variety of sanding tasks. Depending on the abrasive, they can shape, strip, smooth, and polish materials like wood, metal, plastic, fiberglass, and more.
Woodworkers use disc sanders to shape and smooth wooden objects, remove old finishes, and prepare surfaces for painting or staining.
Metalworking: Disc sanders are also used in metalworking industries to shape and sand metal objects, remove rust or old finishes, and prepare surfaces for painting or coating.