Step 1 Learn the Anatomy of An Orbital Sander
The first step to getting to know any tool is to understand the anatomy of the tool and what each thing on the tool does. The common parts of an orbital sander include:
- Power Switch: An orbital sander can be battery operated or electric powered but no matter which one you choose, there will be a power switch located on the sander to turn it on and off.
- Housing Motor: The motor provides power to the sander.
- Sanding Pad: the sanding pad is an interchangeable grit paper that attaches to the bottom of the orbital sander and either buffs or smooths a surface depending upon the grit you select. Stock up on plenty of sanding pads in various grits to prepare for any building project.
- Dust Bag: This bag on the back of the orbital sander helps to collect the dust produced by sanding, keeping your work area cleaner. The dust bag needs emptied periodically.
- Palm Grip: A contoured grip at the top of the tool provides a comfortable place to hold to tool as you work.