The Best Sander For Furniture | Wood (corded) EXPERT REVIEW 2017

   

Every good carpenter knows it is paramount that his work is smooth. If he wants to be valued high in carpentry craft business then he must not only build beautiful artifacts, his artifacts must also be flawless. A Sander is required to achieve a smooth and flawless craft result.

It is every carpenter’s desire to own a sander, hence it is normal for a carpenter to want to know the best sander for furniture or wood generally before spending his money on one. Nobody wants to purchase crap. No. Not a tool like Sander that a carpenter needs to use frequently.

Making flawless artifacts or works is not really a big deal to a carpenter who knows his way around the job. It is all about the tool used. Let take a scenario of wood cutting. An experienced carpenter who cuts with a manual saw would hardly produce a cleaner work than an experienced carpenter who cuts with an electric saw.

This is basically because precision and accuracy are more guaranteed when used an electric saw. This is the same case when it comes to smoothening a wooden surface. An electric sander is a perfect tool for the perfect result when it comes to smoothening. Now let’s talk about the best sander for furniture or wood craft.

Factors To Consider

To purchase a furniture sander that would serve you for a long time, some factors need to be considered. Spending money on any kind of power tool is a form of investment to a carpenter. But where is the investment if the device does not have potentials to serve and deliver its purpose?

Durability, useability, competence, operation, reliability, safety, ease-of-use, and power are few factors we should look out for in the best sander for furniture or wood smoothening. See quick specifics below.

Ease-Of-Use

Ease of use refers to how stress-free it is to operate something. No matter how amazing a tool is if it is not easy to use, then that tool is “just another amazing bullshit”. You don’t want such a tool. Our focus should be trimmed down to the primary basis of the following:
-How much stress would I incur using the sander?
-Does the Sander wander off when you are “sanding” a furniture?
-How bearable is the vibration of the sander when it is put to use?

If the tool you are considering does not satisfy the above requirements then it can’t be the best Sander For Furniture.  You are better off throwing your money out of the window of a moving vehicle than spending it on such an obviously incompetent tool. There better sander to consider.

Operation

“Operation” refers to the utility of the functionalities, the features, “the buttons & switches” available in a tool. The judgment of this factor depends solely on the operator.

An operator might feel concerned about the noise and vibration of a furniture sander, hence might be looking to purchase a sander that has a feature to reduce vibration or noise while he works on the furniture.

Meanwhile, another operator may not even be bothered a bit by the noise and vibration, as long as the tool works perfectly he is good. The judgment just varies and depends mostly on the desire of the operator.

An operator that wants to purchase the best sander for furniture and other wood family but does not intend using this tool very often can go for a lightweight sander with high OPM.

However, a professional who intends using this sander quite often would be looking at a high-end and durable multi-purpose sander that has a dust canister and a carrying case, and also features a high OPM.

And a regular DIY family guy who is just fascinated by flawless crafts and always needs to use a sander at home maybe looking at a more hazard free sander with high OPM, a dust canister, and a carrying case.

Durability

We need to focus on tools that would not only perform well but also stand the test of time. The tools we should consider when picking the best sander for furniture must have features that are intended to make a sander last longer.

These features involve the brushless motor for a more break-free engine, easily detachable parts for maximized utility, a carry case for safe storage and warranty backup for maximum tool maintenance.
A sanding tool like the Makita BO4556Km is known for its durability and strength. This tool is a perfect sample of what we are talking about here. Durability is sanders.

Power

The power available in a sander also goes a long way in determining the level of satisfaction to be derived in the tool. A professional who is out here doing some research on the best sander for furniture, and intends using this sander a lot cannot make the mistake of purchasing a low power sander. This would definitely not serve him well.

To get an insight of the power available in a sander, look at the OPM feature. This tells a lot about how strong the motor is and how competent the power is.
Lower OPM = Lower Power, Higher OPM = Higher Power

Competence

Tools’ competence is a key factor in deciding whether a tool is good or not.

To measure this factor, we checked a large number sanders, picked the ones that were able to handle the largest number of tasks smoothly and flawlessly.

Also, we confirmed the weight of our picks to filter out the ones whose weight are more than our professional weight benchmark for the best sander for furniture.

We also checked to filter out the ones that do the quick “break and start” when in use. This has become more like a tradition for most sanders.

None of our picks give the “burnt rubber smell” when put to use so they are good here.


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MODEL:Black&Decker MS2000DEWALT
D26441K
Makita
BO4556K
Milwaukee
6033-21
SKIL
7292-02
WEIGHT:4.6 Pounds3.4 pounds2.6 pounds3.5 pounds4 pounds
OPM SPEED:14,00014,00014,00014,00014,000
AMP:N/A2.02.432.0
DUST CANISTER:YESYESYESYESYES
MULTIPLE BASE:YESNONONONO
WARRANTY:2 Years3 years1 yearN/A1 year
MY RATE:9.7/109.5/108.5/107.4/107.2/10
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Do Not Get Confused

If you really want to get the best of any power tool, (no matter the tool it is) then you have to take some time to do a few checks on that product line.

Just be open minded as you go through this Sanders Review as this will greatly help in making a good decision on the best sander for your furniture or wood. So here is what we have done –

  • We picked the best out of the bests.
  • Then checked the task type more suitable for each sander.
  • And then checked with some reliable statistic to confirm our picks.

Our Sander Picks For Your Furniture


Black & Decker (Model No:MS2000) SmartSelect Multi-purpose Sander 4 features in 1

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Photo courtesy: Black and Decker Corporation

Device Weight 4.6
Tool Size 12.2inches x 4.8inches x 7.1inches
Sandpaper System Hook & Loop
Sandpaper Included yes

QUICK OVERVIEW

The B&D (Model No: MS2000) is superior quality sander for furniture and wood that always serves it purpose for any task. Blacker & Decker specifically built this sander to competently carry out a wide range of task type.

An operator can use this sander for furniture pre-couple smoothening. He can also use this sander for furniture post-couple smoothening. (i.e he can comfortable use this sander before or after putting the furniture piece together). This is one of the reasons it holds the top position in our best sander for furniture result.

The MS2000 SmartSelect features button, switches and accessory parts that the operator can easily change to enable him to do these. In as much as the tool serves a broad range of purposes, it is still straight forward and very easy to use.

FEATURES

4in1: It can run as random orbit sander, detail sander, ¼sheet sander, and finish sander. Incredible, ain’t it? This is why it is the recommended for homeowners, hobbyists, and carpentry professionals. An amazing thing about this multi-purpose feature is that you would find knobs and buttons in front of the device to select what purpose you want.

3 interchangeable bases: Just to ensure you don’t spend too much for sanding purpose, Black & Decker has built this device to feature 3 interchangeable bases. These bases allow you run the 4in1 feature flawlessly. There is a base for random orbit sanding, there is one for detail sanding, and there is one for finish sanding. All you need to do is press the quick eject button, attach another base, then get right back to work. Swift!

SmartSelect Technology: It is won’t be easy to know the right setting for each task. This is why Black & Decker built specific knobs on this tool with different task images printed on them. You just select the image that better matches your next task, the device automatically adjusts itself to suit the task type, and would recommend a particular base.

Every base has a color code, so when you select a knob for a task type, the device would recommend a base using a color code. Yes, it is as simple as that. With this sander, you practically own 4 tools for multiple task types. This is the major reason I’d recommend it as the best sander for furniture or wood.

Multiple Handle: For maximum efficiency when sanding your furniture, this MS2000 features multiple ergonomic design grips that ensure reliability and comfort no matter the setting in use. It features a rear handle, a palm handle, and it also supports double-handed handling.

Dust Holder: For high durability, the device has a dust canister that can easily be detached to empty the dust. It also has a seal rubber to hold the dust canister tightly over the dust outlet to help keep the device’s inner components safe from debris.

WHAT YOU’D GET


The Sander itself; a random orbit sanding base; a finish/flush sanding base; a detail attachment; a storage bag for accessory storage, and assorted multi-sized sandpapers.

You would also get a two-year warranty on this device.

 

THE BAD-   also see remedies in green below.

We checked this sander for some possible dark sides, and yes we found some dark sides.
1. DUST: During our checks, we were surprised to find that the dust collector in this sander seemed not to be collecting the dust like we expected.
2. BASES: We also noticed that removing the sanding bases is honestly not a function we would particularly classify as “easy”.
3. WEIGHT: The weight of this tool “may” not be quite ideal for a lady.
4. MOTOR: Lastly, you may witness the orbital sanding stopping a number of times during operation.

NO PROBLEM:
1. DUST: This occurs when you fail to lock-in the dust canister properly. If you ever notice this too, stop your operation and lock-in the canister. This should fix it.
2. BASES: After our checks, we figured out this was B&D intentionally designed this sander this way. There is a possibility of something mistakenly hitting the eject button when an operation is going on. This would eject the base even though the operator is working. To avert this, B&D has built this eject button to required a little push before the base would eject.
3. WEIGHT: Though some ladies use this sander without complaining, we wouldn’t recommend it generally for ladies. We would recommend the Makita (Model No: BO4556K) below for ladies. It is a good sander and it is lightweight too.
4. MOTOR: This occurs when too much weight is applied on this sander. Unlike the old model sanders, you don’t have to put your whole weight on this sander to get the best result. Hold it like you would a new born baby, then enjoy your sander.



DEWALT (Model No: D26441K) Orbital ¼Sheet Sander

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Photo courtesy: DeWalt

Tool Weight 3.4 pounds
Device Size 9.5inches x 13inches x 6.8inches
Abrasive SandPaper range Full Size
Performance: No load speed 14,000 OPM 
Performance: AMPS (120V) 2.4
Voltage 120V

QUICK OVERVIEW

The DEWALT (Model No: D26441K) is one sander everybody loves for its high performance and consistency. Dewalt power tools generally are reputed for good performance and ease-of-use. This device particularly is ideal for perfect finishing tasks, flawless results, and an epic craftsmanship.

DeWalt designed this sander with high-quality materials and parts to ensure durability and competence. These parts are quite stress-free to install and this contributes greatly to the high level of likeness the Sander receives from craftsmen. With the 120V available in this sander, there is definitely no limit to the level of satisfaction to be derived from his device.

FEATURES

Innovation For Durability: You can’t agree less that sanding is a task that produces too much dust. This dust can easily put any electronic device in a bad state. For this reason, DeWalt has built an all-ball-bearing technology that keeps debris and dust away from inner components. The device also has a sealed and dust-resistant on & off switch. This ensures the tool’s high durability and longer life.

Lightweight and Less vibrationFrom our checks, this Sander is quite lightweight, weighing just 3.4 pounds. It is also the 2nd best sander in term of vibration level, with the 1st being the Makita BO4556K. This DeWalt D26441K sander works with a perfect standard sandpaper, so you will always be able to select the right grit for your tasks. The device also features a technology called the dual-plane and counter-balanced fan for improved handling and reduction of operators’ fatigue.

Texturized Palm Grip: The satisfaction derived from a sander is mainly judged on its performance when put to use. One of the factors that determine the performance level of any device is the grip and how well an operator is able to handle the device.

For good performance, DeWalt has built this sander to feature a textured anti-slip body and top grip. This ensures perfect handling, control, and maneuver of the device when put to use.

Also, since having an amazing finish has to do with how good an operator is able to control his sander, this textured anti-slip body and top grip feature would also serve so well in giving you the smoothest finishing any craftsman would crave.

This keeps you comfortable during extended periods of use and allows for excellent control–no matter how tough the job at hand is.

WHAT YOU’D GET

The Sander itself, a sandpaper punch,  a dust bag that has a vacuum adapter, and a kit bag.

It also comes with the DEWALT warranty package:
A three-year limited warranty
A one-year free service contract
A 90-day money back guarantee

THE BAD-    also see remedies in green below.

Yes, some dark sides you need to considered.
1. DUST COLLECTOR: We found the dust bag doesn’t hold as much dust as it lets go.
2. CLAMPS: We also found that the clamps are stiff. 
3. BAD FOR OVERHEAD TASKS: This sander is not too good for overhead tasks. it is better used for down-level tasks. 

NO PROBLEM:
1. DUST COLLECTOR: Honestly, we would advise you use this sander outdoor or in the garage unless you are ready to wipe off the dust it will leave in your home when your sanding task.

2. CLAMPS: Just like in Makita, we figured out the clamps here are stiff because it is paramount that the sandpaper is help firmly in place.
3. BAD FOR OVERHEAD TASKS: This is basically because when using this sander overhead, the contour doesn’t fit properly into the hand. Not everybody would consider this a problem because the oval palm-handle shape is quite common in palm sanders.



Makita (Model No: BO4556K) 4½” Finishing Sander

The Best Sander For Furniture | Wood -EXPERT REVIEW 2017 --Makita

Photo courtesy: Makita Corporation

Tool Weight 2.6 pounds
Pad Size 4½inches x 4inches
Abrasive SandPaper Size 4½inches x 5½inches
Performance: No load speed 14,000 OPM 
Performance: AMPS (120V) 2.0
Performance: Vibrations (m/s2) 4.0

QUICK OVERVIEW

The Makita (Model No: BO4556K) is one model of sander that Makita has designed to deliver efficiency when put to use. It has a perfectly designed rubber palm grip with a very comfortable contour. Also, for improved comfort, Makita designed this model in such a way that it allows for easy and fast sandpaper installation. A large and easy to use paper clamp is available for this purpose.

It may not be a new story that some sanders don’t hold sandpapers firmly during an operation. This is not that case on this Makita Model BO4556K because it holds the sandpaper very firmly while delivering a perfect and flawless job to the operator.

FEATURES

Dust proof switch: This Makita BO4556K also features a convenient on & off switch for a perfect single-handed operation. This switch has a rubber seal to prevent dust and other particles from entering the tool. This is an innovation Makita designed to ensure a longer tool lifetime.

Through pad holes dust collection: With this feature, it is impossible to have your workspace littered with even a faintly showing sign of dust. Makita has built a through pad holes dust collector in this device to collect all dust and keep the work are dust free. The dust goes into the provided Makita dust bag which has a wider mouth for easy and fast disposal.

Less vibration, Less noise: This device features an all-ball-bearing mechanism that allows for less vibration and noise. With this sander, you don’t have to worry about sanding when your beautiful family is asleep. And you also wouldn’t bother if your sander’s noise would disturb the neighbors because your sander isn’t making any noise in the first place.

WHAT YOU’D GET


The sander itself, an abrasive sandpaper #60, #100, & #150, a dust bag, a punch plate, a tool case, and a 1-year Makita warranty.

Makita Finishing Sander (Model no: BO4556K) brings together fastness, smooth performance, and ease-of-use to make a sander that would competently serve its purpose through the last task. This sander is recommended for woodworkers or finish carpenters who are in need a top quality sander.

THE BAD-    also see remedies in green below.

Here are the dark sides you would find on this sander.
1. DUST COLLECTOR: During our checks, we found the dust collector gets in the way as it is a little bulky. It also gets full in a short period of time so you may need to empty the canister quite often.
2. CLAMPS: We also found that the clamps are somewhat stiff.
3. BASE: Another thing that could give you a concern is the general industrial defect that often comes with power tools. In this sander, we noticed that some of them come with a slightly bent base tip.

NO PROBLEM:
1. DUST COLLECTOR: This actually depends on how you hold the sander. Also, there is a provision for a vacuum adapter so you can actually avert this entirely. We don’t consider this a turn-off for this sander, nonetheless.
2. CLAMPS: After our checks, we figured out thee sandpaper clamps are stiff because it is paramount that the sandpaper is firm in it place to deliver a flawless operation.
3. BASE: As at the time of this review, customers have already reported this defect so I believe Makita who has a reputation for perfection and innovation must have taken some measure to correct this.


 


Milwaukee (model: No 6033-21) ¼Sheet Palm Sander

The Best Sander For Furniture | Wood -EXPERT REVIEW 2017 --Milwaukee

Photo courtesy: Milwaukee Tool Corporation

Tool Weight 3.5 pounds
Device Length 9.65inches
Abrasive SandPaper range Full Size
Performance: No load speed 14,000 OPM 
Performance: AMPS (120V) 3

QUICK OVERVIEW

The Milwaukee (Model No: 6033-21) sander is a powerful device that constantly proves to be “not only competent” but also satisfying. It features sanding improvement innovations that help increase the device’s competency and efficiency.
You would love that just like the other sanders above, this Milwaukee (Model No: 6033-21) sheet palm sander is also very easy to use and handle. And it is very durable too. Also, the permanent magnet 3.0amp motor supplies the high power and constant speed required to have a swirl-free and smooth finish.

FEATURES

Innovative clamp: The system of paper clamp adapted in this device is Button Style system. This allows for easy paper changes.
Innovative Hose Adapter: You would find it interesting that you don’t need to worry about the size of the vacuum hose to use on this sander. For the best compatibility, Milwaukee has designed a universal hose adapter in this device. This allows for use of all sizes of vacuum hoses.
Smart Dust Management: The device comes with a plastic debris & dust canister with an inbuilt filter for efficient dust management and device durability.

WHAT YOU’D GET

The sander itself, a dust bag with mentioned vacuum adapter, a kit bag.
THE BAD-    also see remedy in green below.

We checked this sander for some possible dark sides, and yes we found some dark sides.
1.WEAR & TEAR: From our checks, we did find any significant problem with this sander but a reliable report we checked out confirmed that this device is prone to wear and tear. Especially the clamp.

NO PROBLEM:

1. WEAR & TEAR: Well, I personally don’t see anything wrong with this device since the only concern ever raised is about “Wear and Tear”. Basically, all power tools will eventually Wear and Tear. Unless this happens under a short period of time, which I’m quite sure is not the case from the report.



SKIL (Model N0: 7292-02) ¼Sheet Palm-grip Sander +Pressure Control

The Best Sander For Furniture | Wood -EXPERT REVIEW 2017 --Skil

Photo Courtesy: Skil Power Tools


Tool Weight  4 pounds
Device Length 9 inches
Abrasive SandPaper range Full Size
Performance: No load speed 14,000 OPM 
Performance: AMPS (120V) 2

QUICK OVERVIEW

Skil (Model N0: 7292-02) sander is a high-end sanding device you may also like. The sander packs a lot of power and unlike other sanders in its category, it features a very smart technology that helps improve sanding result. This is the Pressure Control Technology.
This technology gives an alert when the operator applies excessive pressure on the device while sanding. It is very paramount to apply the right amount of pressure when sanding. Applying excessive pressure could give a bad work result or even damage the tools.
This technology gives an alert when the operator applies excessive pressure on the device while sanding. It is very paramount to apply the right amount of pressure when sanding. Applying excessive pressure could give a bad work result or even damage the tools.
The sander also is one of the smallest sanders manufacturers have made. This makes it quite easy-to-use.

FEATURES

1. Pressure Control Technology for improved sanding result.
2. Micro-filtration to hold the dust.
3. See through dust canister to help know when the canister is full.
4.Soft grip ergonomic design for control and comfort.

WHAT YOU’D GET

The sander itself, a dust canister with mentioned vacuum adapter.
THE BAD-    also see remedy in green below.

We checked this sander for some possible dark sides, and yes we found some dark sides.
1.SANDPAPER WON’T STAY ON: From our wide-spread checks and confirmations on this sander, the pertinent problem we found is that the sandpaper often comes off during operation.  

NO PROBLEM:
1. SANDPAPER WON’T STAY ON: From our expert checks, we confirmed this happens when an operator mounts excessive pressure on the sander causing the front clamp to open up a little bit.
Reduce the pressure on the sander and you would be fine.

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