Sanders, Edgers, and Hardwood Floors!

Posted: April 15, 2014 by Bunce Rental in Uncategorized

With the recent popularity of refinishing hardwood floors, we thought we’d give you an overview of the options available at Bunce Rental for sanding your hardwood floor. This overview is designed to help you better understand the different types of sanders available to prepare your hardwood floor. If you need any further information we are always available to help you with suggestions to help you finish your project. Just give us a call and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Drum Sanders

There are generally two types of floor sanders: orbital and drum sanders. Drum Sanders are the workhorses of our sanding fleet and are the sanders typically used when refinishing floors. They do the best job at the best possible speed. These sanders can be aggressive, which means you’ll need to keep the drum moving at all times when it’s touching the floor. There are however, places where drum sanders are not the best choice. Drum sanders consist of an 8″ wide drum that holds the sandpaper. The rotating drum does an excellent job of removing old finishes, repairing scratches and imperfections, and light finishing work. The biggest drawback to a drum sander is that if you have to sand at right angles to the wood grain it can leave “sanding scratches” in the floor. In this case the orbital floor sander may be a better choice.

floor_edgerFloor Edger Sanders

A Floor Edger is a type of disk sander, which is used with a drum sander to sand and refinish a hardwood floor. This sander is built specifically for tackling those hard to reach spaces around your walls and doors that you just can’t reach with the drum sander. The floor edger is handheld and designed so that the sanding disk can get extremely close to the wall without causing any damage to your molding or baseboards.

Orbital Sanders

Orbital Floor Sanders consist of a 12″ x 18″ sanding pad that oscillates back and forth in an orbital motion. This ensures that no repetitive sandpaper scratching will occur and allows for safe use for cross grain sanding. If you have a narrow hallway, pantry, or entry where the flooring is run at the wrong angle to use a regular drum floor sander, the orbital sander would be a better choice. Because the movement of the orbital sander’s paper is minimal compared to the drum sander, it will not leave sanding marks. The biggest drawback to the orbital sanders is that they are much slower than the drum sanders. This is why drum sanders are much more popular – if you have a job that can be handled by a drum sander you’ll be much happier using that type of sander. An orbital sander is best for those jobs that are not best suited for the drum sanders. Aside from using sandpaper to refinish the floor, we also carry screens. The screens can be used to sand to a finer finish than a standard 100 grit sandpaper or used between layers of varnish to smooth out the any imperfections that may form during application.

U-Sand Pro Floor SanderU-Sand 4-disc Orbital Sanders

The U-Sand orbital floor sander is another type of orbital sander. Unlike the drum sander mentioned above, the U-sand orbital floor sander takes care of your floors with a less aggressive orbital 4-pad design (but more aggressive than an orbital sander). These pads are extremely easy to change, attached simply by Velcro. This design allows you to sand not just with the grain of the wood, but any way you choose, making this sander ideal for small spaces such as closets or hallways. Its upright design also lets the U-sand orbital sander get extremely close to the walls, cutting out the need of an additional edging sander.

Sandpaper

When using any floor sander, it is important to pick the right sandpaper for the job. We stock sandpaper from 16-grit (course) to 100-grit (fine), which will handle most sanding jobs from start to finish. We even have buffing pads to take your job to the next level. Feel free to stop in or give us a call – we can answer any questions you might have about getting started on your floor project, or any other project you might have in mind.

Safety First

Sanding and finishing wood floors can create an explosive or combustible environment. Do not operate floor sanders around solvents, thinners, fuels, floor finishes, or any other flammable materials. The sanding dust is also very flammable and can spontaneously ignite or explode – make sure to empty and clean the sander dust bag when not in use.

Always wear safety goggles, protective clothing, and a dust mask while sanding. Keep hands, feet, and loose clothing away from all moving parts on the machine. Keep the work area well ventilated. Disconnect the power cord before replacing the sandpaper and never leave the machine unattended while it is connected to a power source.

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