Belts are generally faster, but they don't give as fine a finish. Most
woodworkers use both for different purposes.
The belt with a course grit can remove a lot of wood and can give you a
long straight edge,can be used to tweak the dimensions as you sneak up
on the pencil mark.
Orbital is better for fine work. I have one I jeep loaded with 100
grit, the other with 220 grit.
Paper selection depends on the job you want to do.
Yes, and they are a lot more fun. Lock the trigger and set it on the
ground. You'd be surprised how far it makes it before pulling the
extension cord out of the socket. We used to have belt sander races on
Ever shoot boards with a radial arm saw ? 7th grade shop class held the
record , almost a hundred yards - thru the front window of the shop , across
the lawn and the street in front , and landed in the field across the road .
Coulda been ugly if a student or car was going past just then ...
Damn, that's quite a record! (Quite dangerous too).
I recall when I was in HS shop class, one of the kids taped the switch
on a belt sander and launched it off a workbench. The teacher was not
pleased and the kid got suspended for a day or two. Of course the rest
of us thought it was really funny....
The stupid things we do as kids!!!
No kiddin' ! Like holding the leads to the welder and turning it on to see
how much amperage you could stand . And the acoustic tile ceiling of that
same shop was studded with welding rods - sharpen the bare end and see if
you can make it stick . Teacher never did figure out where all the rod went
IIRC . He shoulda stayed in the shop when there were students present ...
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