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    How to Use an Orbital Sander

    Published on 15 March 2020, Sunday, 7:45 PM

    Sanding is essential for a perfect finish on a new timber floor, and it’s a great way to give an older floor a bit of a facelift and get it looking new again.

    To get the best finish on a timber floor, you need to make sure you’re using the right equipment - there are a number of different types of floor sanders out there and they all have slightly different purposes.

    An orbital sander is the last piece of equipment you’ll need for a great result.

    The orbital sander works by using a rotating pad on the bottom and removes any lines made while sanding with the drum sander or edger. If the handle has been removed during transportation, you’ll need to start by placing it back on in the same way you would the drum sander.

    Here’s a quick guide to orbital sanders, and some tips on how to use them.


    1. Turn the sander on its side.
    2. Take the adhesive backing off the sandpaper.
    3. Line it up with the rectangular pad and press it on.

    1. Lower the cage at the back.
    2. Place the opening of the dust bag over the hole and ensure the sleeve is tight.
    3. Keep the cage lowered to support the bag as it inflates.

    To work the orbital sander, you depress the foot pedal and bring the handle down to a comfortable angle. There is an optional weight you can attach if you need a bit more pressure to ensure a good finish (this is especially handy on an older timber floor).

    Tip: The sander will start sanding as soon as you turn it on. Make sure you start moving immediately, so you don’t over-sand a single spot.

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