That would depend on what you want the sander to do! A belt sander is quite aggresive and will take lots of material off in little time. An orbital sander is less aggressive on the material and a random ordital sander is less aggressive again, yet has the flip side of not leaving harsh marks in the material surface after sanding.
Asking what is the best sander is like asking what car should I buy with no extra information. Do you have kids, do you want to tow a boat, do you want to go really fast etc etc. Let us know what exactly what you would like to achieve with the sander and we may be able to help you better.
Definately a random orbital for that use. I've had a 5" bosch for years and it has never let me down. The only issue I have with bosch is that with their oddball style of dust collection system, unless you want to custom fabricate an adaptor you can't get a shop vac to work with it, you are limited to using their disposable bags.
That i a tough one, I have three that are often used for different things. My random orbital sander gets the most use, with my belt sander close behind. If I need to quickly remove an area, the belt sander cannot be beat. On the other hand a random orbital is great to clean things up without marring the surface.
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