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Old 03-05-2005, 10:02 AM
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Using a drill for sanding, cutting, etc.

Is it possible to use a cordless drill to sand the body (put a sanding bit on it) or put a small circular saw blade to cut something that a hacksaw can't get to? (I don't got a plasma cutter, so I'll just have to use whatever I got)

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sanding with cordless drill

The short answer is Yes, you could use a cordless drill as a sander. It won't work very well. The battery will run down very quickly, and they don't have much torque, so it will stall easily. Personally, I think cordless drills make great power screw drivers, and I use mine that way. Occasionally I do drill holes with it, but not often. Using a corded drill for a sander is not much better. It is hard to control, the sand paper doesn't last very long and gets expensive.
If you intend to do any amount of sanding, invest in a real disk sander from Sears, or Harborfreight.com, or Northerntools.com. Get the hardback disks and you will find that the job goes quicker, the finish is smoother, and you will probably end up spending less on a few disks than all the sanding disks you'll need to do the same job with a drill.
Yes, you can hurt yourself with a real sander, but you can do that with a drill, too.
Yes, you can put a rotary file bit in the cordless drill, but again, the lack of torque limits how well it will work. A corded drill will work the rotary file bit better, but there is a tool called a rotozip that is designed for that use, and is just spectacular. Look around at lumber yards, etc for them.

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You can but you will burn it up. It's not built for prolonged use like that.
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Old 03-05-2005, 12:00 PM
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Sanders

If you do not own a compressor or one big enough to run a Da..get one of the DeWalt sanders..they work fine..and last quite a while..they even have a dustless feature to which one can rig up the shop vac and vac up a lot of the dust as you go...

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also if you use a drill , its going to act more like a grinder than a sander because it just goes in circles. if you have to go with an electric tool , i would get a palm sander. i use them once in a while if i have alot of sanding to do and dont want to run the compressor all day.
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Old 03-16-2005, 10:28 AM
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when you have no compressor or a bad one like me it ok to use but a palm sander is better
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If you do not own a compressor or one big enough to run a Da..get one of the DeWalt sanders..they work fine..and last quite a while..they even have a dustless feature to which one can rig up the shop vac and vac up a lot of the dust as you go...

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I agree. Also, the round hook&loop style works well, is convenient and the disks are reasonably priced. I just bought one and am very happy with it. Bought it at Lowes.

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Drills are good for making holes and driving screws. Beyond that, they are a make-do situation at best. If you plan on sanding an area bigger than about a square foot, you really need a tool built for the job. The wrong tool is often slow, possible dangerous, and always very frustrating to use.
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Being 14 you'll really like this.

Go get a 4 1/2" grinder at Harbor Freight. You can get anything from sanding disks to SAW blades for that thing.

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Being 14 you'll really like this.

Go get a 4 1/2" grinder at Harbor Freight. You can get anything from sanding disks to SAW blades for that thing.

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USE ONLY WITH ADULT SUPERVISION.........
I've been using an angle grinder with a sanding disc and have had good results with it. The trick is to be careful with your pressure and movement as it can act more like a grinder, taking away far too much metal (funny that... seeing as it is a grinder).

If you grip it very firmly and always watch what it is taking off, it's doable even on large panels with care. I always finish sanding by hand though.

I have done the whole back half of my car this way fairly quickly and haven't even gone through too many sanding pads.

You can also use an angle grinder to cut very effectively, and accurately too with practice, but again it's important to maintain a very tight grip, know exactly where you want to go with it, and be very careful.

Don't be in a rush with anything, I had an old shop teacher once who used to drill into our heads (not literally) the saying "measure twice, cut once" but it wouldn't hurt to measure three or four times first.

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I have used one of these http://www.mytoolstore.com/porcab/7335.html for several years before I bought a compressor. They work great!
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Whatever you do, don't use a Black n Decker orbital sander. I did this when I was much younger and it makes a bunch of nice little circles that show through the paint. They are made for wood not metal!
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Buying sandpaper

When you guys buy sandpaper for your machines get the industrial size packages as it is much cheaper that way..any left over will get used someday and it will last a long time on the shelf..

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