Power Tool Buyers Guide: Choosing The Best Handheld Polisher And Sander

Read this informative guide to help you decide which one is right for you!

A handheld polisher and sander is a valuable tool to have if you're a do-it-yourselfer! Not only can it sand down metal, such as car surfaces, but it can also clean, polish, buff, and beautify your car, boat, and many other items. It can also remove rust and other surface contaminants.

Choosing the best polisher and sander combination depends on your specific needs. It also depends on your personal likes and dislikes. For example, these tools are available in air powered and electric powered models. If you often use an air compressor, then you probably would opt for a sander and polisher that you can hook up to your compressor. But, if you're looking for ease of use and portability, then an electric power tool would work best for you.

You'll also need to decide on the size of the tool that you'll need. If you're planning on using the sander on large areas, then, of course, a large pad will work best for you. You'll also need to choose a handheld polisher and sander that has a lot of power to handle these bigger jobs. A power tool that has a variable speed will let you speed it up or slow it down to whatever speed the job at hand calls for. Keep in mind, though, that a smaller tool will be lighter in weight and easier to handle and store. But, if you need a larger tool for the job, be sure that you choose a polisher and sander that has a comfortable handle. The handle also needs to be easy to hold onto.



You should also look for a handheld polisher and sander combination that has an easy to change pad system. There's nothing worse than having to stop in the middle of a job to change a pad and have the task take longer than need be. And, a tool of this type that has a counterbalance system will help the power tool to work smoothly without excessive vibration. .

If price is a consideration in your choosing, these tools come in a variety of brands and price ranges. Some of the more popular models are Craftsman, Black & Decker, Makita, Skil, and Delta. These models usually range in price from fifty dollars on up. Of course, the cost will depend on the size and features that the combination polisher and sander have.

Handheld polisher and sanders are available at some hardware stores, department stores, auto parts stores, at home supply stores, and in merchant catalogs. Rather than choosing a handheld polisher and sander blindly out of a catalog, you'll need to actually visit a store. This way, you can pick up each model of this tool that you are interested in. You can test the weight, the feel of the handle, and

may be even the actual power if you ask a sales associate for a test run.

When you begin your search for the best power tool, keep in mind that, on the average, there are six point eight amp, seven amp, seven point five amp, twelve amp, and fifteen amp types to choose from. All of these amps can provide between three to ten thousand RPM's of polishing or sanding power. Check the manufacturer's product literature for details on specific RPM ranges.

Finally, to make your handheld polisher and sander work the best and last a long time, be sure that you read and follow the manufacturer's directions for maintaining your new power tool.

© High Speed Ventures 2011