Trimming is one of the trickiest parts of fine finishing any workpiece or surface. No matter what the material is, if this part is not done properly, the entire effort behind the project can be wasted. The final result of trimming mostly depends on the sander that you are using to do it. Inappropriate tools or inappropriate use of the tools can ruin your time and money.
You will get an idea about the best sanders on the market that are also good for trimming. We have picked five different models to suit different budget ranges and for different purposes and applications. You will also get an idea about how to choose one that will pay you back in the long run.
Things to Consider Before Choosing Sander for Trim Works
An electric sander is a unit with various functions. Practically all the functions need to be checked before purchasing one, but that is not possible as the task will be time-consuming. So, I will discuss major areas that can be a problem in the future if these are not checked properly before buying.
In terms of trim sanders, I would say, the lightest is the best. You don’t know when you need to use it for overboard application or for horizontal surface sanding. In those cases, the lightest unit gives the least fatigue and stress on the hands.
On the other hand, try to choose a model that has a motor right above the disk. This way, the application will be smooth, and uniform and the machine will be easy to manage.
All the sanders out there in the market have speed settings of different ranges. Check it out while purchasing one. The wider the range of speed is the better. These sanders will be applicable to a wide range of applications. For example, for wood polishing, a moderate speed is okay but to apply on glass or metal, you may need a speedier one.
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No matter how expensive the sander is, it is ought to create some level of sound when it gets in contact with another object. Maybe the sound is a mild humming sound, nothing annoying. Noise level can be a great deal, especially for homeowners and beginners who are going to use it for the first time or use it in a residential area for most of the time.
A good option to check the noise level before purchasing one brand is, to look for customer reviews online. If you are purchasing it from nearby stores, then ask the seller about it, they are honest and helpful most of the time.
Dust Collection System
The effectiveness of the dust collection system can leave a huge impact on the final result. Often problems associated with poor dust collection systems cause hindrances in the operation of the machine itself.
So, try to figure out how good the dust collection is before settling on one model. Usually, sanders with transparent canisters are easier to clean and better to collect dust particles than other models. If you own a shop vac, then any model with a proper adapter will be perfect for you.
Top 5 Sanders for Trim Work Reviews
1. Makita GV7000C 7-Inch Vertical Sander for Trim Work
- Size: 7-Inches;
- Speed: 2,500-4,700 RPM;
- Model No: GV7000C
- Motor:7.9 Amp;
- Weight: 4.6 lbs;
- In the package: wrench 17 and 28, side handle, sanding lock nut, 80 grit sanding disc, rubber pad, etc.
Equipped with a powerful motor, this Makita sander is the master of trim works. It is lightweight and comes with variable speed settings. Vertical or overboard sanding will be free of any fatigue to operate this feather-light machine.
To make the sander well-balanced, the motor is placed on the sanding pad. So, most of the weight remains on the pad. In horizontal applications, you won’t need to apply any pressure on it; just hold it in place and let it do its job.
Changing sandpaper or any other parts of the machine is very annoying. You have to use two wrenches to do that. To keep those parts securely attached, Makita has made disassembling a real pain. Other than that, it is a good unit to complete medium to large projects.
- Well balanced;
- Convenient for overhead applications for lighter weight;
- Comes with speed control to prevent overload;
- Powerful, rugged sander.
- Very expensive;
- Disassembling parts and paper are not easy.
2. ROFMAPLE Cordless Random Orbit Sander
- Fit for 18-volt battery;
- Motor power: 1200W;
- Speed: 8000, 18000, & 28000 RPM;
- Gear position: 3 gears.
It is a more affordable option for a trim sander which comes with some malfunctioning features. For example, its variable speed setting is almost non-existent. The low speeds are worthless because the motor does not spin at all. The higher speed settings are a lot easier to control and use as well. You can still use this sander on different materials or for different types of sanding. Just change the sandpaper and the trim sander is ready for the job.
The second malfunctioning thing is dust collection. It does collect the produced debris, but the majority portion hangs in the air. I can’t recommend relying on its dust collection. Instead, you must have preparations to use a shop vac if you really are interested in using this for small projects.
Beware of the loud noise this machine produces. If you are willing to overcome all its flaws to save some bucks, you are most welcome to purchase it.
- Cheap price;
- Easy to change paper;
- Easy to detach dust bag;
- A lower speed setting is useless;
3. DeWalt DWE6411 Orbital Finish Sander
- Sanding Sheet size: 1/4’’;
- Speed: 14000 RPM;
- Model No: DWE6411;
- Motor: 2.4 Amp;
- Weight: 3.7 lbs;
- In the package: 1/4″ Sander Sheet, Paper Punch, Dust Bag & Manual, and sander.
It is the lightest trim sander of all the sanders we have reviewed here. The manufacturer is Dewalt, but the supplier is Black and Decker. However, this sander comes with a mighty motor and can produce high rotation to do trimming, sanding and polishing very fast. The dust collection system is very effective in this unit. You can choose to store dust in the machine itself or attach it to a vacuum. Either way, dust collection remains perfect.
Some users have complained about the dust collection port not locking to the vacuum hose properly. In my opinion, it is backed by a several years-long warranties. Hence, you can still take the chance to enjoy using this efficient machinery. If you face the same problem, you can always get a free repair, replacement, or refund from this famous manufacturer.
- Affordable price;
- A long warranty is offered;
- Comes with a locking dust port mechanism.
- Dust ports may not properly lock with a vacuum.
4. DEWALT Random Orbit Sander for Trim Work (DWE6423)
- Motor: 3.0-amp;
- Speed: 8,000 to12,000 OPM;
- Carbide Blade: 6-1/2-inch;
- Three LED lights;
- Weight: 2.9 pounds.
For occasional light use, it is better to choose something that is low-cost, requires minimal maintenance, and is powerful enough to do the job right. This sander from DEWALT is low-cost, no doubt. As for minimal maintenance, its switch is dust-sealed so that it does not get contaminated with dust often. In terms of power, like other trim sanders of our choice, it also produces 8,000 to12,000 OPM.
But this sander comes with a poorly built dust collection system. The dust bag does not attach properly and may fall apart often. Besides, its capacity is very low, so you have to empty it frequently. There is no dust port adapter in this package, hence you have to have one with a good vacuum unit to solve the problems.
I like the fact that this unit comes with a hard case for carrying and storage. As it is not for heavy usage on a daily basis, the users may like to store it in a case to keep the machine clean and ready for the next use.
- A case included in the package;
- Very light;
- Reasonable price.
- Improper dust collection.
5. SKIL 7292-02 1/4 Sheet Palm Sander with Pressure Control
- Sheet size: 1/4’’;
- Speed: 14000 OPM;
- Model No: 7292-02;
- Motor: 2.0 Amp;
- Weight: 3 lbs;
- In the package: Paper punch plate, sheet sander, and 1 sheet of abrasive paper.
The dust collection system incorporated in this sander is the best I have seen in palm sanders of affordable range. To collect even the finest dust, there is a microfilter in the system. A transparent canister is very handy to know exactly when it’s time to extract the debris from it.
Pressure control is another useful feature that warns the user with an indicator light when too much pressure is applied to it. So that the machine and the surface both stay safe from possible damage. Despite the cheap price, the satisfaction you will get from it is rarely found in high-range trim sanders.
All in all this machine is backed by a satisfaction guarantee for a month period. There is a very low possibility that this machine will disappoint you, but if it does, you can always return it within that time period.
- Pressure control eliminates excessive pressure;
- See-through dust canister;
- Effective dust collection;
- Affordable price.
- No cons.
Now you can consider yourself a pro in selecting a sander for trim work. After reading through the entire article, you should be confident to purchase one based on your budget and necessity.
However, don’t forget to read carefully the warranty, refund, replacement, and repair policy before ordering any unit online. This simple action can save you from extra hassle in the future.
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About This Writer
Hi, I am Eric Devin and I am a professional interior architect. Since childhood, I've always enjoyed DIY projects! And, I have loved to solve simple household problems using essential tools and equipment. I have also acquired a lot of information about basic household tools settings by working with contractors.