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I only have budget to buy one sander. I want to choose either Random Orbit Sander (the round one) or 1/4-Sheet Orbital Sander (the square one). Usually the surface of my to-be-done project is smooth since I use plane to fine-tune it carefully. I want to use the sander to finish the work before painting.

Woodworking is just my hobby. I don't spend a lot of time on it, maybe finish one small project in one or two months. A sand paper holder is my weapon right now.

What is the better choice for my situation? Thanks.
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I only have budget to buy one sander. I want to choose either Random Orbit Sander (the round one) or 1/4-Sheet Orbital Sander (the square one). Usually the surface of my to-be-done project is smooth since I use plane to fine-tune it carefully. I want to use the sander to finish the work before painting.

Woodworking is just my hobby. I don't spend a lot of time on it, maybe finish one small project in one or two months. A sand paper holder is my weapon right now.

What is the better choice for my situation? Thanks.
Hi - If I were limited to only one type sander, I would go with the finish sander. ROS won't get near a perpendicular surface without damaging it, nor can it get into tighter places. ROS will remove stock faster and leave a good finish though.
On the finishing sander, make sure you get one with a phenolic platen. Many of the cheaper ones have aluminum platens which leave black marks on adjacent perpendicular surfaces. Pain to sand out and usually not where they can be easily reached.

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Welcome, I have Dewalt both ROS and the square vibrator , If I had to use only one it would be the square vibrator the ros will clean a board quicker but the vibrator will smooth it better ...just my 2 cents

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Will,

What sort of stuff are you making? how much time are you willing to spend hand sanding?

To be honest, I have a nice PC random orbit sander, a 1/4 sheet sander, an antique 1/3 sheet sander, belt sander.... All those are great for bigger projects, but for small stuff lately I end up using a little black and decker 'mouse' sander that I picked up at an estate sale. It gets into every corner, and is a pretty neat little tool.

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Will,

What sort of stuff are you making? how much time are you willing to spend hand sanding?

To be honest, I have a nice PC random orbit sander, a 1/4 sheet sander, an antique 1/3 sheet sander, belt sander.... All those are great for bigger projects, but for small stuff lately I end up using a little black and decker 'mouse' sander that I picked up at an estate sale. It gets into every corner, and is a pretty neat little tool.

The newer version is linked below

Shop BLACK & DECKER Mouse Detail Sander With Dust Collection at Lowes.com
Thanks for that info Doug. I've been using my Multi-Max with the sanding triangle on it but was wondering about that B&D Mouse, the dremel is a little long to really into tight spots.

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John,

I personally prefer the aftermarket sandpaper than the B & D. The B & D paper has replaceable diamonds at the point, figuring you are going to use that part up first. The aftermarket pads don't have it, and don't curl at the wrong time.....

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My regular work are some indoor small furniture, such like table, cabinet. I want to use the sander to finish the surface and corners.

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What sort of stuff are you making? how much time are you willing to spend hand sanding?

To be honest, I have a nice PC random orbit sander, a 1/4 sheet sander, an antique 1/3 sheet sander, belt sander.... All those are great for bigger projects, but for small stuff lately I end up using a little black and decker 'mouse' sander that I picked up at an estate sale. It gets into every corner, and is a pretty neat little tool.

The newer version is linked below

Shop BLACK & DECKER Mouse Detail Sander With Dust Collection at Lowes.com
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I would buy a mouse sander. It goes esily in corners and great for small projects.
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