3 years (limited)
The dust port allows attaching bags of other WEN tools.
The unit may work slowlier with the larger pads attached.
This palm sander is a wonderful pick for processing products with multiple curves and cavities and is irreplaceable for polishing corners from the inside.
Detailing Palm Sander
3.5" х 5.5" sandpaper sheets
Sanding inner corners and finish machining
Velcro base pad, Dust collection port
1 year (limited)
2 years (limited)
2 years (limited)
1 year (limited)
What is an Electric Sander
Those who’ve ever done repairs or made anything of wood faced such tasks as grinding or sanding. This process might not be to your liking, for it requires care, it's pretty monotonous and time-consuming. Previously, high-quality sanding took a lot of time and anyone engaged in the sanding work might have thought much about speeding the process up. Fortunately, responding to the user needs, there are many sander and grinder machines, designed for any occasions and tasks and serving both professionals and home craftsmen. To make sure the result will fit your ideas, it’s important to understand the variety of sanders, to know what the specific sander is for and make the right choice. Check out our shortlist to find the best tools.
What Features to Compare
To choose the right sander, think first about what you’re going to use the tool for. Depending on the task, you’ll need to use the sander of the right Type — an orbital sander, a random orbit sander, a disc sander, a belt sander, a detail sander, you can also choose between a hand sander and a stationary sander machine, a power sander and a simple manual one — the variety of types and applications is immense! Each sander is primarily designed for specific tasks. For example, orbital sander tools are perfect for the finish sanding of large flat surfaces. If you’re seeking for a hardwood floor sander, a wall sander (or maybe both) that will provide you with a neat smooth finish, pay attention to this type of sanders. A belt sander is great for quick rough sanding, the high speed of the belt makes it easy to quickly remove a coat, smoothen or curve the workpiece, remove old paint or rust. However, due to the high speed, there might be chips and scratches on the treated material, which requires further sanding with a more delicate sander polisher. A random orbit sander is a universal sanding tool, it easily copes with the finishing sanding, and if necessary you can use a coarse abrasive to remove old coating or paint, remove bumps or round out the edges. The only thing this sander cannot handle is inner corners where its round sole pad won’t get. A detail sander tool does excellent job finishing corners and other hard-to-reach places. The design of the sole makes it easy to handle furniture and complex shapes. Stationary desktop sanders are well-suited for the treatment and precise shaping of small wooden, metal, plastic, ceramic or composite details. If you’re into professional sanding, make sure to have all the types of sander tools at your disposal.
The Performance of a sander determines the time you spend on sanding and the amount of work. There are several factors affecting the performance. The power and the motion speed of the abrasive surface are common parameters for all the sander types. The power determines the efficiency of the sander motor and the load it can withstand. The time spent on sanding and the quality of sanding. The higher the speed, the faster the sanding, yet the quality decreases. Low sanding speed provides for better quality, but it takes more time to complete the sanding. The speed of a belt sander is usually measured in surface feet per minute (SFM), the operating speed of other sanders is usually measured in orbits per minute (OPM). Another parameter important for any detail, orbital or random orbital sander is the orbit diameter of its pad circular movement. The smaller the sander orbit diameter, the smaller the treated area, but the better the sanding. The adjustable speed will allow picking the optimal parameters for different materials. The size of the sander working surface determines the sanding speed, but the small size will allow you to handle fine details more easily.
Comfortable use of the sander increases productivity and reduces fatigue. That’s why the Convenience of the tool is a very important parameter when choosing the right sander. Be sure to consider the type of the abrasive material and the way it’s attached to the sander. Although most sander tools use specific abrasives with adhesive backing, a number of sanders allow using universal sandpaper fastened with clamps. Make sure that the sander you choose has a dust collector and that you can attach to a vacuum tool. The rubberized grip lets you keep a firm hold on the sander during operation. Extra accessories can facilitate sanding, while a carrying bag or a case will provide convenient transportation or storage of the sander and accessories.
Reaches Every Spot
The WEN 6301 is referred to orbital sanders, yet its deltoid shoe is what differs it from many other tools and makes more suitable for processing more complex objects. Thanks to the angle pad tip, the WEN 6301 can slip into the curved pits and into the hollows for detailed processing. The operating principle of the WEN 6301 which is based on a small amplitude vibration suits finishing processes perfectly yet, it doesn't limit its use to this types of work only. With a coarse-grade sandpaper being attached, the WEN 6301 will also help remove rust and paint from various surfaces, sanding them at the same time. Mind that it's best efficient when used on small areas. For processing larger objects like floors and fences, consider buying a belt sander that would cope with the task in a shorter length of time.
Just Plug In
Speaking of the performance, the WEN 6301 is fitted with 1A motor that yields the power of 13500 OPM to drive a sanding pad. This speed is allowable for processing most wooden products, polishing a variety of surfaces wth a plaster or chalk coating, as well as carbon fiber reinforced polymers like those used for cars. Yet, this sander delivers a bit too high speed for finishing lacquered surfaces, hence if that's what you need to do, we recommend using a polisher. The tool's sanding pad is perforated and we consider this as an advantage. That's because the holes capture dust and fine particles and allow the sander to perform evenly without leaving blind spots. The control is super easy as the tool is equipped with the only start button. No adjustments and calibrations, just plug the WEN in and off you go.
Keep Your Workplace Clean
Final machining may take a lot of time, so the WEN engineers have taken care of their sander's convenience of use. The WEN 6301 features no handles, its top is rounded and looks like a mushroom head which allows you to grip the tool firmly applying the pressure evenly across the entire sanding pad. This also provides all-round performance and excellent surface coverage. In addition, the tool comes with a port for connecting to a hoover to clean your working area. What is more, if you own another WEN tool but with a bag, you can attach the latter to this sander. Lastly, we should say that the tool is lightweight, so you will be able to use it during the extended period of time easily.
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