Hi Guys & Gals,
Bit of advice needed please. I am new to woodworking and I'm in the process of setting up and equipping my work area in my garage. I am making a list of power tools I need and researching the makes etc. I am pretty sure about the make/model of router and circular saw I will be buying later this week. I want to buy one or two power sanders but I am a bit stuck on the type that I should buy initially. I know it depends on the type of work you intend doing but all I can say at the moment is that I want to get into general woodwork making stuff for the home and garden. Any advice on the type of sanders I should aim for would be appreciated. I have the funds to buy two to start with and prefer corded to battery powered as they will only be used in my workshop.
I have used them all, use a Festool one time you will never use anything else. The paper cost less to use, no vibration and dust free. oh and it will last you a life time.
I purchased a Gore CleanStream Pro filter for my vac canister vac several years ago when doing drywall work. I still have it. The filter is easily cleaned by tapping it on a hard surface and/or can be rinsed off. It has a non-stick surface and there are sizes for most brand name shop vacs. Not cheap (about 3x cost of a good filter), but indispensable.
if you are using a shop vac to collect sanding dust - clean its filter or replace it often. The fine particles will clog it in short order. Any of the cyclone particle collectors between the tool and the vac will be a big help.
I've got a dewalt ROS that has seen a lot of use over the last 5 years, I'm happy with it. Also have a Makita belt sander no where near the use but it works well. When I first started woodworking there was a sale on the B&D ROS. I picked it up, a little over a year later on it's third use it died. Of course it was out of warranty I would not recommend that brand.
The one that has seen the most use is a bench mount with an 8" disk and a belt. It's a Canadian tire brand and I am surprised how long it has lasted.
I'd start with a ROS and get the best you can afford. As others have mentioned make sure you can hook up your shop vac to it. Get a HEPA filter for the shop vac and I would highly recommend this. http://www.busybeetools.com/products/THE-DUST-DEPUTY-CYCLONE-ONEIDA...
Keeps most of the dust out of the shop vac so the filter lasts much longer before needing cleaning.
Simply Porter-Cable tough,dependle.
It looks like you are doing your research by checking all the reviews and asking for opinions. I did not do this at first and ended up buying junk. One of the posts said to buy good quality at the start. Believe me, if you do that you wont regret it. I also learned through these posts that Ridgid is life guaranteed. I think now I will switch from mastercraft and buy only ridgid now.
Thanks for the info guys, I am fairly new into woodworking myself, i used to restore cars but my age and my health has gotten the better of me!
Keep posting guys, I got a lot to learn