Pros:Small, quiet, works well.
Cons:It does vibrate a lot which may leave your hand numb.
The Bottom Line: Makes a nice gift for someone who works with wood!
Last year, while cleaning out a rental house I own, I came across a beautiful maple wood table and chair set that the previous tenants had abandoned. It was probably made in the early 1970's since it was made of all wood and the few pieces of hardware were held in place by straight slot wood screws. The table and chairs were in excellent condition, except for some minor scuffs and polyurethane finish was pealing up in various spots. I packed the furniture up into my truck. I wanted an excellent quality table and chair set to be used as a card table for my game room and this was it.
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I wasted no time getting the table ready. As soon as I took it off of my truck, I went into my work shed and grabbed my new Craftsman 1/4 sheet Pad Sander and some light grade sandpaper. I sanded off the old polyurethane finish and smoothed out a couple of slightly rough spots on the table.
As with most tools, I have LOTS of sanders. I chose to use this sander due to its size. I was basically interested in taking off the protective finish without disturbing the maple stain finish. I find with a small sander, I have better control in spot areas. I also did not want to use a rotary sander to avoid swirl marks. This Pad Sander worked like a charm!
The sander is re-branded by Craftsman, as are most Craftsman tools. I always get a big kick out of trying to figure out which tool manufacturer built the tools for the Craftsman name. My guess is Black and Decker, who pretty much owns the names of most big name tools these days.
The sander works great. It has two small wire clamps that holds the 1/4 sheet sandpaper in place on the tool. It is simple to replace the sheets, which I go through pretty quickly. The machine runs quiet. It has a 6 foot long grounded power cord. The power switch is easy to turn on and off with my thumb. It does not leave any mars or grooves in the surface while I am sanding with it. The case is mostly plastic and the motor, although small 10 Amps, is powerful enough. The only real downside of this sander is that it vibrates a lot and my hand becomes numb after using it for long periods without a break.
I was easily able to remove the polyurethane protective finish on the relatively flat surfaces, although it took a while. For round parts, I hand sanded. I then wiped off the surface with a rag, then re-wiped with a tack cloth, and re-polyurethaned the furniture with a high gloss finish. The finish is stunning! I get a lot of compliments about the way it looks.
I have also used this sander on several other projects with great success. It is great for spot sanding and taking off protective finishes, like my furniture project. It also works great on metal finishes. I had a cart that developed some rust. The sander worked great in getting into the tight spots to remove the rust and bubbling up paint.
I would recommend this sander. There are other sanders being sold that are very much similar and work just as well. For a homeowner or Saturday afternoon wood finisher, this sander is fine. A pro might have a different opinion, but would have to agree that it works pretty darn good. Shop around for the best buy! I got mine at Kmart (which is now owned by Sears) for about $25 on sale. Thanks for reading my review and best wishes for a wonderful day!
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