Top 10 Best Variable Speed Sanders

What Real People Are Saying About The TACKLIFE PRS01A

Speeds up DIY projects

I do a lot of DIY projects, and though I had always used sandpaper manually, it was time for me to look into automated sanders to help with the larger items I was building. At the same time, I did not want to spend a fortune before I knew whether or not one would be used often enough. So, I bought this one before I would spend more on brand-name, professional-grade sanders.

To my surprise, this sander works very well, definitely has been speeding up my projects, and feels like it has been made of good quality. With that said, since this is a brand I had never heard of before, once it breaks, I will probably be buying a brand-name sander unless this one lasts for years. Only time will tell, but so far I am pleasantly surprised and happy with it.

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Well built & does the job!

I was looking for a sander to sand a door that needed to be repainted. This sander did the job. It is well built and didn't rip into the project but instead took off layer after layer for a smooth finish to be ready to paint again. I am somewhat of a perfectionist and it left me pleased with the results. It was also easy to control. Although I am not using it professionally, it has been perfect for my jobs around the house.

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Very Impressed For The Money

I purchased this orbital sander for two specific projects.... to re-do our stair case (which is white oak) and then, refinish our corian counter tops. Well, so far I have been working on the stairs and this sander has worked fantastically ... it has done everything I have needed it to do. The oak was stained a golden color and then had a number of polyurethane coats on it. Using # 40 grit I was able to take down the finish and stain so that it exposed the raw wood as I had hoped for. I now just have to do the 120 grit and then begin re-staining. Not an easy project by any means but it would have been impossible without a good orbital sander.

The only issue I have is removing the plastic dust catcher on the back side of the sander. Its hard to get off and then even harder to open the dust box to dispose of the dust. Speaking of the dust, after much research, I have read and seen (on YouTube) where all of these sanders will only capture about 20% - 25% of the dust. I would agree with that assessment. Just be prepared to have a house full of dust! That said, the important thing is that this works without any issues... and its easy to operate. I would recommend it highly.

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Great For Basic Sanding, Dust Collecter Irritating
  • Kim - January 21, 2019

Overall, this is a great little sander. I had a large sanding project, pre-sanding deck boards and posts before pre-staining. A fair bit of the wood was in rather rough condition, and I didn’t want it to look that bad. It had to at lease be barefoot safe, and cedar posts all come very rough and need to be sanded, no matter what. So, I had to load up with everything from 40 grit to 80 grit, (you don’t want higher than that for proper stain absorption), and get sanding the piles of boards.

Now, I already have a DeWalt sander. I do so much sanding, I actually wore out my first Dewalt years ago,
and got another one. It’s a great sander. I got this one because I needed a helper to get through the monuments task. . The sanding job was far too big to do alone, and I really didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something I didn’t need long-term. However, this held up and did just as well as the DeWalt as far as actual sanding. The difference is the switches turn on the opposite direction, no big deal and actually a plus when using both at once (mirror motion), and there’s just a very slight bit of difference in the smoothness, but not even remotely worth the price difference, and the only way of noticing the difference is to actually have one in each hand and use them both at the same time. When I did not have help around, I used them both together to expedite the process. It held up and kept up with the DeWalt. I’ve seen a complaint about a short cord, it’s the same length as the DeWalt. I used extension cords, most people do when they’re using power tools, unless it’s their table saw or chopsaw plugged into the wall.

The only downside is the aggravating dust collector. I like the push and turn removal of the DeWalt bag, this collector is hard plastic, which at the outset seems like a good idea, seems like it would contain better than the fabric bag, but it does not come up easily. It’s an aggravating fight to get it off, and irritating to get the dust out of it looking and shaking at it. If I had had a shop vac or something handy (I kill those off with so much use as well), I’d maybe have tried to hook it up to a vacuum hose. That probably would been irritating for function, since the boards were very long, and there was a lot of movement in this sanding job, rather than what one would do in just a single workpiece like furniture or something. It worked best to just have one person at each end of the long board and sand towards each other in the center, rotating the board to the next side as we went along.

So, the dust collection thing wouldn’t be as big an issue if you’re not trying to constantly empty it, but for overall performance otherwise, no complaints at all, and a good deal for the cost. Choosing quality sandpaper is a big deal; I got various types and various grits as needed, and one brand had a really great surface, durable and rough to get the posts down quickly to be able to switch to a higher grit, but...the hook side was horrible, so it was a crapshoot as to whether they’d stay on at all. I say this because if you aren’t happy with how fast your sanding project is going, it’s your sandpaper, not the sander. When I got a different kind, same grit, but just actually stayed on the sander, of course it went much more quickly.

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it can handle the small jobs

for me, it was awkward to hold and press the off/on button at the same time. I do have arthritis in my thumb so maybe that had something to do with the awkwardness but I don't think so. I had removed a cabinet and wanted to sand down some old vinyl paint that had created a border around said space. I'm talking maybe 2 feet of paint less than a quarter of an inch thick, are you following me? I flattened the area, zipping through 4 (FOUR) pieces of sandpaper. So yeah, you get free sandpaper with the purchase but top quality the sand paper is not. The black/orange design is kinda reminding me of a Black and Decker.. like the colors are identical. Anyway, for the price paid, I'm okay with it. But if I had a heavy duty project to do, I'd buy a Black and Decker.

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These Are Some Of The Highest Rated Variable Speed Sanders Available Today
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2. TACKLIFE PSFS1A Belt Sander

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The TACKLIFE PRS01A was our number one Variable Speed Sanders. That being said, there were a range of other very premium Variable Speed Sanders we wanted to show you here that just barely fell short.

TACKLIFE is another top manufacturer of Sanders. They build the tool next on our list. TACKLIFE's Belt Sanders are no exception. It was great to try out the PSFS1A. I was very pleased using this tool!

This Belt Sander is merely $39.99. That is an exceptional deal for a quality Sander like the PSFS1A by TACKLIFE. The TACKLIFE PSFS1A is definitely a solid option. Of you are not sure about our top pick, I'd suggest you select this Sander.

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TACKLIFE PSFS1A Features

❤❤❤ Comes with 13pcs sanding belts, 7 x 80 grits, 6 x 120 grits.❤❤❤

▲【2 In 1: Bench & Belt Sander】 Equipped with two metal screw clamps, Tacklife belt sander can be turned over and fixed to table, acting as a bench sander, lock-on button helps to free your hand, providing more convenience and flexibility.

▲【13Pcs Sanding Belts】 Come with 6pcs 120 grit and 7pcs 80 grit aluminum oxide sanding belts, saving your money, meeting the requirements for your different projects. Metal clamping lever for easy and quick sanding belt change.

▲【Power & Variable-Speed Design】5 Amp motor offers great power to the sanding surface, delivering efficient removal and high quality finish. Variable-speed knob with 6 dials enables you to match the best speed to the application from 0-560rpm.

▲【High Performance Dust Collection System】The dust collecting box is detachable, can be easily installed and removed, easy to clean dust. Two vacuum dust adapters, 32mm and 35mm make it possible to connect your vacuum cleaner, reaching the perfect dust collection effect.

▲【Notes & Full Package】When meeting the problem that the belt slipping, adjust the screw at the bottom to a proper position, then the belt will run in track. Full package: Tacklife PSFS1A belt sander; 13pcs sanding belts; 2 screw clamps; 2 vacuum adapters; user manual; 24 months warranty card.

The DCW210B by DEWALT and the DEWALT DWE6423K are well worth looking into also. Both DEWALT and DEWALT are considered some of the top suppliers of high quality Sanders. Both these tools are highly rated also. Real customers gave the DCW210B an average rating of 4.6/5 stars. Compare that to the DEWALT DWE6423K which boasts an average rating of 4.7/5 stars.

The DCW210B by DEWALT has several features you might not experience on competing Random Orbital Sanders. One example is Variable speed to match the speed to the application. The DEWALT DWE6423K however, is very competitive offering 3.0 Amp motor spins the pad at 8,000 - 12,000 OPM plus Shorter height minimizes the distance between user and work piece.

I would be eager to recommend either of these Variable Speed Sanders

Honorable Mentions

We found several more fantastic Variable Speed Sanders available. Here are a handful to go with if the options rated above don't meet your needs. It's a fact that there are a plenty of excellent tools on the market to buy. With thorough analysis and assessments, the selections mentioned above were our favorites. Having said that, these Sanders you're about to see deliver a number of special features and are each premium Variable Speed Sanders.