The Best Sander for Hardwood Floors – Top 5 Reviews 2019

best sander for hardwood floors

Sanding a hardwood floor is not a big deal. But it can be very difficult if you don’t know which type of sanding machine you need to use on which part of the floor and have no idea about when and how to use the machines. Everyone is not wealthy enough to avail professionals for the job. Most of us prefer it doing it by ourselves to save money. But lack of experience can make this easy task incredibly tough. 

No worries, if you are new at this, I will help you out to pick the right sander for floor sanding. You will also get useful tips on how to use the machine perfectly and alternative types of sander to choose from. After reading the entire article, it will be easy for you to decide on buy or rent the sander you want from our list of top five sanders.

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Bon HT8 HireTech Multi Speed Drum Floor Sander
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Bon HT8 HireTech Multi Speed Drum Floor Sander
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Top 5 Sander for Hardwood Floors Reviews

1. Bon HT8 HireTech Multi-Speed Drum Floor Sander

Bon HT8 HireTech Multi-Speed Drum Floor Sander

Features

  • Motor: 4 brush motor;
  • Size: 8 inches;
  • Model no: HT8, 24-158;
  • Speed:  variable;
  • Includes Multi-Speed Floor Sander only;
  • weight N/A.

Review

For fixing wooden floors on a professional basis (like contractors or interior designers) a big budget drum floor sander is a must. The best types will be the ones that can be disassembled to transport to different sites. As these sanders are heavy, the ones that can be easily detached are the most convenient ones for professional use. 

This model from BON is just like those easy to use drum floor sander. With its 8 inch sandpaper, a large dimension can be sanded in short time. Besides, its drum guard and molded sides will not scratch your walls even if bumped accidentally. 

This machine has a powerful four-brush motor. The price is very high of this machine but for long term professional use, the price worths it. 

Pros

  • Easy to transport;
  • Molded sides won't damage walls;
  • Variable speed;
  • Smooth finish.

Cons

  • Expensive. 

2. Clarke Drum Sander Ez-8 Expandable Drum

Clarke Drum Sander Ez-8 Expandable Drum

Features

  • Motor: 1-1/2 HP, 12 amps, dual capacitor motor;
  • Size: 8 inches;
  • Model no: Ez-8;
  • Speed:  variable;
  • Includes Expandable Drum Sander only;
  • weight 145 lbs.

Review

This one is less costly than the BON floor sander. Its motor is less powerful but efficient enough to do the job right. Its dust collection is so efficient that you will never consider purchasing other models anymore. 

Like other drum sanders, it can be broken down for transportation, but it is still very heavy for a single person to carry the parts. But for professional use, if you have helping hand, transportation will be easier. I have heard reviews from DIY hobbyists that, you don’t have to be a pro to operate this machine. It runs smooth and glides smoothly on the floor. 

Pros

  • Can be disassembled for transportation;
  • Dust free;
  • Easy to control;
  • Perfect finish on the edge of the floor.

Cons

  • Very heavy. 

3. Bosch Power Tools - 6" Inch Electric Orbital Sander, Polisher

Bosch Power Tools - 6

Features

  • Motor: 6.5 amps;
  • Disc Size: 6 inches;
  • Model no: 1250DEVS;
  • No-load orbital Speed: 3,100 – 6,500 OPM;
  • No-load speed: 270-600 RPM;
  • Includes Sander, dust tub, 6" inch soft backing pad, auxiliary handle, pad wrench, sanding disc, dampening ring and many more;
  • weight: 5.3  lbs.

Review

For polishing floors to delicate fine furniture, everything made of wood can be polished with this sander. For floor polishing on your own, owning this unit will be rather realistic and convenient than renting a drum sander. It is more cost effective and versatile; use on your floor to polish, use on everything else to strip paint or sanding. 

There are two modes in this sander. One is for aggressive sanding and another for random orbital use. It is a nice all in one tool that should be kept in every DIY maniac’s toolbox. 

Using this sander is comfortable. There is no dust canister in this device. You must have a vacuum or other option for dust collection. Though it does not come with a dust bag, it is still able to extract more than 95 percent of the dust produced. 

Pros

  • Affordable;
  • Two modes for different applications;
  • Versatile use.

Cons

  • Vacuum and hoses required for dust collection. 

4. Bosch OS50VC 1/2-Sheet Orbital Finishing Sander with Vibration Control

Bosch OS50VC 1/2-Sheet Orbital Finishing Sander with Vibration Control

Features

  • Motor: 3.4 amps;
  • Size: ½ inches;
  • Model no: 1250DEVS;
  • Speed: variable;
  • Includes Sander, dust tub, 6" inch soft backing pad, auxiliary handle, pad wrench, sanding disc, dampening ring and many more;
  • weight: 5.3  lbs.

Review

This sander will eliminate the downtime of changing sandpapers and managing dust in many ways. It accepts clip-on paper and stick-on papers, so there is more option for you to choose from. The dust collection and disposal system is the best I have ever seen. It eats up all the dust it produces. From the see-through dust canister, you can see when it's time to dispose of its content. A screw cap at the end helps to empty the canister without removing the canister from the machine. 

This sander has the variable speed for various jobs and a lock on button keeps the speed constant throughout the applications. The vibration elimination system is patented by Bosch. You will agree with me when you first try this sander. The vibration is barely noticeable in this sander. 

Pros

  • Translucent dust canister;
  • Excellent dust collection and disposal;
  • Accepts sticky on paper;
  • No-vibration.

Cons

  • No cons.

5. Bosch 6-Inch Hook-and-Loop Random-Orbit Sander/Polisher

Bosch 6-Inch Hook-and-Loop Random-Orbit Sander/Polisher

Features

  • Motor: 3.3 amps;
  • Size: 6 inches;
  • Model no: 3727DEVS;
  • Speed: 4,500-12,000 RPM;
  • Includes Sander, pad wrench, soft backing pad, sanding disc, micro-filter dust filter and many more;
  • Weight: 5.2 lbs.

Review

It’s the cheapest sander among all the sander we have reviewed in this list. But surprisingly, it is versatile and powerful. Its variable speed knob makes it suitable for almost any material. The disk size is large enough to sand floors in a short time. 

A combination of rotation and orbit movement is used to make smooth sanding on no matter what surfaces. Besides, it won’t leave any swirl mark on the surface due to its effective pad-dampening braking system. So, the result is smooth, mark-free finish on floor, cabinet, tables, and furniture.

The dust collection is annoying. Some users have complained about its poorly designed dust port. If you can stand that design flaw, it is a good and affordable unit. 

Pros

  • Multipurpose;
  • Economical price;
  • Large pad size;
  • Uses combination of rotation and oscillation.

Cons

  • Non-standard dust port. 

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Guide to Buy or Rent Sander for Hardwood Floor

All the sander we have listed here are not for everyone. Some are very expensive to purchase or rent. These require experts to operate and needs helping hand to move around. Some are all-rounder; these budget friendly sanders are good for small DIY projects. Before going through the list of our top picks for hardwood floor sanding, you must have minimal knowledge about the machines you are going to need, the right way to use and so on. This buying guide will help you to rent or buy the right tool for your project. 

Types of Sander

To sand down a hard wood floor, there are various alternatives. Mostly, sanding a floor requires a drum sander, an edge sander to rip off the paint and stain from the floor and an orbital sander to give it a fine finish and to prep it for varnish. However, depending on your budget, the size of the floor and the time you have, you can bring all those sanders or just an orbital sander to finish off your project. 

  • Drum Sander

These are mostly used for large areas and are used by rental yard employees. These are very expensive, hard to move because of its weight and difficult to use for beginners. Besides, it requires experience to use. So, I don’t recommend to even rent this for beginners on budget, unless you are dealing with a huge mansion. 

But if you really want to give it a try, then you must keep in mind, you will need help to lift and move it. Try to pick the ones that are easy to assemble or expandable. A drum sander with variable speed have been listed here, you can try that for controlled applications. 

  • Edge Sander

Drum sanders can’t reach the edges of the floor. To get the corners done, an edge sander is handy. But we didn’t feel it compulsory, so didn’t put it in our list. You can do it with an orbital sander as well. 

  • Orbital Sander

After aggressive sanding to scrap off the dirt out of wood, orbital sander are used to give it a finer texture. Here is a trick for small DIY wooden floor sanding: use three types of paper coarse, medium and fine ones with orbital sander. Instead of an expensive and bulky drum sander, a coarse sandpaper can be used to remove paint and varnish from dirty hardwood floor. Then use other sandpaper for nicer finishing. Yes, this process will take time but its more convenient for medium to large projects. 

The Size of the Floor

The size and the type of wood used on the floor is something to be considered before you start sanding. If it is a decades old oak floor, then it will need a lot more sanding compared to relatively new floor. Check for any nails sticking out of the floor. Try to remove those without harming the wood, otherwise it may cause the sandpaper to rip off from the machine. 

Rent or Buy

Now you can decide on which machine or machines you need to complete your project. Drum sanders are not easily available at local stores, not its papers are widely available. So, when you buy or rent the drum sander from rental yards or online, make sure you buy sanding paper more than necessary. It will minimize your hassle of ordering papers in the middle of an incomplete project if these fall short. 

Other types of sanders and papers are easily available locally. But I recommend purchasing the orbital ones. These are useful not just for floor sanding, you can use it to sand almost anything. 

Caution 

Be careful when you run the sander on the floor. Try to make only straight motion on the floor lengthwise of the woods. Never ever make any swirling motion while sanding. Because, it won’t show at that time, but it will be noticeable after applying paint on it. Trust me, it won’t loon nice. 

If you can manage, then leave the floor bare for a couple of days after you complete your sanding. This will help the floor to heal, dry out and to get prepared for a stain. 

Conclusion

Sanding the floor is the first and foremost step of home renovation and redecoration. With a well polished clean floor, you can give a house the glossy magazine look with just minimal and ordinary pieces of furniture. But to achieve that, you will need to do the sanding right way. 

With our reviews and guidelines, floor sanding we tried to make floor sanding easy and enjoyable for you. The task requires a lot effort and patience to be honest, the end result worths every effort.

1 thought on “The Best Sander for Hardwood Floors – Top 5 Reviews 2019”

  1. Greetings, your post here was really good. Check this out. Are DIY belt sanders as good as the ones you buy at the store? I’m just doing some basic projects around the house. Much appreciated. :]

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