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Old 10-10-2009, 12:49 PM   #1
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What sander is best? Vibrate or drum

I'm preparing to stain and finish a new just installed oak hardwood floor. I was told that a vibrating sander was better to use than a drum because being my first time it was less likely to damage the wood. Will it do as good job and would you agree. I would appreciate any and all advice to make this job easier but right.


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Old 10-11-2009, 06:48 AM   #2
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Rental places have user friendly disk sanders, a much better choice over drum sanders for the novice. One heartbeat is enough to ruin a floor with a drum sander.


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Old 10-11-2009, 02:49 PM   #3
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If it is new flooring it probably doesnt need much sanding to make nice and flat. I have used both. I prefer drum sander for refishing and getting rid of old finish and scrathes quickly. A drum sander can do a lot of damage if you are not careful. For new flooring it probably doesnt need much sanding. I would go with a vibrating sander (orbital) I put in 1000 sq ft of oak flooring and my 14 yr old son did the sanding in a few hours. Unsupervised---thats how easy it is.

another nice thing about the orbital is they go right up against the wall. the drum sander you have 8-12" you will have to finish with a edger. running the risk of creating a noticeable line or snipe where you stopped with the drum sander.

Here's a link to his handywork.. new wood flooring

good luck of course post pics when you are done

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