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An orbital sander is one of the most efficient and flexible kinds of sander available. It can just as easily sand a large area at high speed as it can smooth a small area with detailed accuracy, making it an invaluable part of any home tool kit.

What Are Orbital Sanders Used For? 

Any time you need to smooth down a rough surface, a circular sander will help you get the job done with minimal effort. Orbital sanders are most often used to:

  • Prepare a surface for painting, plastering or sealing. 
  • Remove old paint or varnish from wood, stone, plastics and metal.
  • Refinish a wooden floor, roof beams or other carpentry. 
  • Polish metal to restore shine and smoothness.
  • Remove rust or corrosion from metalwork. 

Important Orbital Sander Features

A good orbital sander makes short work of demanding jobs, but to get the best results, it's important to buy wisely. Consider the following main features when choosing the right model.

Random Orbit Function

Random orbit sanders improve on the basic orbital type by adding oscillation to the usual circular sanding motion. This provides a more efficient operation and a smoother finish, almost completely free from scratch marks. As a bonus, you can use most random orbit sanders on lightly curved surfaces as well as flat ones.

Sander Size

Used mainly for fine detail work, palm sanders are miniature designs which fit entirely into your hand. They're especially useful for sanding grained wood thanks to their close control. For bigger projects, choose a larger model with a greater sanding disc surface area. 

Fixed or Variable Speed

High-speed sanders are an efficient way of sanding rough surfaces, while lower speeds are better for delicate finishing work. Variable speed sanders offer the most flexible solution that’s useful from a project’s start to its finish.

Base Type

Hook and loop bases make it simple to switch out different grades of sandpaper discs for different jobs and also allow non-worn discs to be reused without damage.

Dust Collection

Most modern orbital sanders will also include a dust collection system to help keep the air clean and your work area tidy. A simple dust bag attachment is economical, while a vacuum attachment collects dust more thoroughly.

Corded or Cordless

Corded orbital sanders plug into an electrical outlet to provide reliable power over long periods, while cordless orbit sanders allow more mobility and flexibility. A cordless orbit sander can also be safer, with no wires to get in the way of your work.

Brushed or Brushless

Brushed motors are an economical choice for home use or light commercial work. Brushless sander designs are more reliable and longer lasting, although they usually cost a little more.

Shop Orbital Sanders at Ace Hardware 

Whether you need a lightweight cordless sander for touching up small areas or a large random orbit sander for smoothing bigger surfaces, our range contains the tools you need and the storage solutions you want to stay organized.

Use our filters to narrow down your sander choices as you shop online, or come by your local Ace Hardware store where out friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer your questions on orbital sanders and any other power tools.