Power Sanders 101

Various power sanders available at The Home Depot.
There are many different types and styles of power sanders to choose from.

Power sanders can complete a sanding job that would take hours by hand in a matter of minutes. There are many different types of power sanders to choose from, each with advantages and disadvantages, depending on the job at hand.

Power sanders consist of a motor that moves a sanding head which holds a sanding pad, belt, sleeve, or sheet of sandpaper. The motor causes the sandpaper to vibrate, rotate, or spin against the surface of the work.

Read on to find out about the different types of power sanders.