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- Also known as a finish sander.
- Sandpaper attaches to a rectangular pad on the bottom of the sander. The motor moves the pad in small, circular orbits.
- Easy to handle.
- Can use regular sandpaper, and measures its size by the portion of a standard 9”x11” sheet of sandpaper it uses. A 1/4 size uses a 1/4 of a regular sheet, a 1/3 uses a 1/3 sheet and a 1/2 uses a 1/2 sheet.
- The holes on the bottom of the sander help to remove the dust from the material as you are sanding.
- Some models have a sandpaper piercing plate that allows you to transform a standard sheet of sandpaper into one with holes designed to fit on the bottom of the sander.
- Good for sanding corners and finish work. However, it may leave some scratches as is sands both with and against the grain.
- Some models incorporate a triangular pad extension for sanding in tight corners.