Updated: November 2017
Drywall Sander Reviews:We recently had some drywall repaired in a few rooms in our house and the plan was to move forward and have the walls sanded and finished before painting. Originally I thought that I would do the drywall sanding myself and then perhaps paint the walls as well. What I didn't realize is the mess that is involved when using a drywall sander (manual that is). With all the dust, it's nearly impossible to keep it in one area. I was nearly at a loss as to what to do and then a friend (contractor) told me about the power drywall sanders that are on the market. They hook right up to a vacuum and the dust is completely gone and the job of sanding the drywall is finished in no time. I didn't know if I wanted to buy a brand new electric drywall sander just for one job, so instead I hired the work out to a professional drywall guy in our town and let him have at it.
Choosing a Drywall Sander - Drywall sanders are typically sold to drywall contractors and painters but homeowners (DIY) could also benefit from having one in their tool cabinet as well. What to look for? There are really 4 different types that you can will find in stores - the manual sanding block, orbital drywall sanders, the Porter Cable sanders, and the Dustless Turbo sander. You want a drywall sander that is lightweight, has a pivoting head, and one that eliminates the dust through a hose that is connected to a portable vacuum cleaner. Power, or electric drywall sanders, do the work 3 to 4 times faster than a traditional hand sander. The dust free drywall sander is what you should be looking for. Most reviews we read constantly harp on the fact that the dust is an issue unless you have a system to get it from the sander to a vacuum. Therefore, a drywall sander with vacuum attachment is a necessity and many models are sold just that way. We found drywall sanders in stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Sears. Top brands include Porter Cable, Magna, Rokamat, and Dustless Technologies. When smoothing the plastering compound the drywall sander is the best tool for the job. Some experts will say you can get away with the manual sanders for small jobs, dustless models are good for medium sized projects and the Porter-Cable 7800 is perfect for professionals. The one plus with the Dustless Turbo and PC 7800 are that they have extension arms that allow you to reach high areas (walls and ceilings) whereas the handheld orbital sanders or manual sanders don't easily reach those spots. Drywall Sander Reviews - We found the best selection online at Amazon.com - read owner reviews and see comments and feedback on the most popular sanders. Epinions has some consumer reviews and Home Depot also listed some owner opinions on their website. You can browse the best selling drywall sanders here.