Disc Sander Vs Oscillating Sander
A disc sander is one of the most popular power tools for woodworkers, both amateur and professional. Made up of an abrasive (or coarse) paper, mounted on a thin circular plate; the disc sander comes in many sizes, from small hand-held models to huge industrial models that can be mounted on job-sites and commercial manufacturing lines. The disc sander excels at both straight-line sanding and low-profile sanding of curved surfaces. The machine is usually supported by an overhead flat table that sits directly in front of the disc sander. While the table may not be as deep as some of the other machines used for sanding, it is deep enough to provide adequate support and stability for working with the disc at a very high pace.
Most commercial models use belts. A belt sander runs by collecting sand particles on the belt and then running them through a sanding chamber to create fine dust particles. This creates an even layer of sand that can be accessed easily by the operator. With these types of machines, the belt is often manually moved to different locations and the sand particles collected for the next step of the process. Some types of this machine use a variable-speed motor that allows the user to adjust the speed of the belt to alter the amount of dust being generated and to vary the size of the circular belt.
The two basic types of hand-held disc sanders are those that are powered by electricity or gas and those that are cordless. If you will be using your hand-held sander to perform jobs that require a higher level of precision, you will want to consider purchasing an electric model. An electric hand-held disc sander has a number of advantages over its gas-powered counterpart, including the ability to quickly and accurately sand curved surfaces and a quieter operation.
Miter saws are the most popular variety of AdelaideTools disc sander, and for good reason. They can be used to cut large panels of wood quickly and accurately, and as their name implies, they are best used when it comes to ripping lumber. Miter saws have a very deep and wide bench top that will allow you to hold the top while sliding the blade along the surface of the wood. This motion helps to ensure precision accuracy as the blade cuts along the miter slot. These saws can also be equipped with fence panels which can be raised or lowered as needed.
When it comes to cutting and sanding hardwood, you can’t go wrong with either a disc sander or an oscillating sander. While you might find the design of each to be slightly different, both will give you years of use and enjoyment. If you are looking for a way to make hardwood furniture, flooring, or other woodworking projects more affordable, consider an oscillating sander over a disc sander.