Tool Test: Metabo Sander Pulls Double Duty

By Glen D. Huey
Page: 31

From the April 2009 issue #175
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Many woodworkers rely on random-orbit sanders as their primary method to level an out-of-whack glue-up or for smoothing a surface in preparation for finish. To accomplish both tasks adequately, most sanders are made with middle-of-the-road specifications. If your primary interest is fast stock removal, you purchase an aggressive sander. And if a smooth, swirl-free surface is your aim, you’ll need a different tool.

Metabo has a new sander that accomplishes both tasks with a single unit. The SXE450 is a double-duty sander. This sander has a setting for aggressive stock removal – a 1/4″- orbit diameter makes quick work of leveling a glued-up panel – and a second setting with an 1/8″-orbit diameter for producing that smooth surface needed for stain. Switching between the two settings is as easy as pushing a button, then turning the sanding pad counterclockwise until it clicks.


From the April 2009 issue #175
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