Any woodworking store needs an electric sander, even if your woodworking store is nothing more than a workbench in your garage. Fortunately, you need two different types depending on the type of work you do.
The most common wood sanders are the belt sander and the orbital plate sander.
The belt sander is a great tool for rough modeling jobs. It can remove a large amount of material very quickly. You can equip the sander with a fine or coarse sanding belt, or any roughness in between. But no matter how much an abrasive belt is used, it is designed to quickly remove a large amount of material.
Care must be taken when using a belt sander to ensure that too much material is not removed as it cannot be returned.
Many of these types of sanders come with the included dust holder. The dust collector does a good job of keeping clutter at bay, but in fact it captures only a small percentage of the dust formed.
The Orbital Plate Sander, also known simply as a plate sander, does a great job on the most precise sanding jobs. Removes materials much less aggressively than a belt sander. The pad transmitter is ideal for removing thin layers of materials such as paint, primer, or other top coatings.
Many pad sanders have a built-in dustpan that picks up only a small amount of formed dust, but is better than nothing.
The pad sander is also the best sanding tool for sanding a rough surface to a smooth surface like a glass finish.
All commercially available pad sanders and belt sanders contain a wide range of compatible sanding pads and belts with varying roughness to meet the demands of any job.