Go with the orbital. No question. If the wood is cupped or uneven
then start with the coarsest grit paper they have and work up from
You'll need a hand held sander to get all the way to the edges, but
the orbital will get pretty close.
Most of the floors in my house were done by pros with drum sanders
before I bought the house. There are marks and gouges all over them.
I did the living room myself with a Home Depot orbital. It is
absolutely flawless. You almost can't screw it up with the orbital.
How long did it take? Forty hours or sanding! Yeah, a drum sander
would have taken two hours, but it wouldn't look as nice. When you're
working on a 50 year old oak floor, it's worth the effort.
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