Orbital 1/4 sheet
Don't like or use hand-held belt sanders. Stationary are useful for some
things, but only if the piece is firmly held against a table or stop, so it
isn't pressing the belt where it heats, dries, and sets scratches in the
PC 333 ROS
DeWalt 433 ROS
Ridgid Oscillating drum/belt
Ryobi Belt sander
I use the Ridgid frequently for many things and have good control by moving
the work against the belt.
I use the Ryobi the least as I have the least control. It is very good for
rough sanding and making a shape, but I'm not confident or competent enough
to use it for flattening anything. One wrong move and "ouch" you have a
I don't use planes enough
Delta BOSS (Benchtop Oscillating Spindle Sander). Comes with an assortment of
spindle sizes ranging from (IIRC) 3/4" to 3" diameter. Does a great job of
sanding curves, especially inside curves. Very, very quiet. When attached to a
dust collector, it makes almost no mess. Wish I'd bought one a long time ago.
Porter-Cable 333 random-orbit sander. Produces very smooth surfaces very
quickly -- although a scraper does a better job, faster, and with less noise.
Doug Miller (alphageek-at-milmac-dot-com)
I also have the PC 333 ROS, but I've since added a wooden smoothing
plane (knight-toolworks) to my collection and my ROS has been
collecting dust ever since. I really wish I had switched sooner to be
honest. At least I didn't buy a belt sander, I'm going to go with the
Jack Plane instead (and expect to be much happier for it).
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