Another option that we took a look at was the Festool drywall sander. One reviewer told us that it works exceptionally fast- though it took some patience to get familiar wielding it.
He found that it was important to keep the sander moving and flush to the wall to prevent the dreaded 'swirl marks'. This is a pretty pricey option, however, but for those of you who despise drywall sanding, it can be a wise investment, considering that it is one of the higher-end options we examined.
Another reviewer praised the thoroughness of its dust extraction- he also advises using dust controlling sheetrock joint compound to limit the noxious cloud of drywall dust that sanding kicks up. Another professional contractor praised this as a professional-quality option that is effective for the mobile contractor.
One of the first drywall sanders with vacuum attachments that we looked at was the Zeny sander- it features a portable grip handle that enables easy movement, an aluminum frame, a working voltage of 110V/60Hz, and a swiveling head that allows it to reach into any angle or corner.
One buyer we interviewed told us that it worked exceptionally well for his purposes, saying that it was straightforward to assemble with the included instruction manual. He even used it on some occasions in conjunction with drywall stilts to access really high ceiling areas.
He advised to give it a final once over after assembled to make sure everything is completely tight and nothing is loose on the power drywall sander. He said that after he connected the motor and vacuum hose he began working on a high ceiling- a home repair job he had been dreading for some time. T
he articulating head made the job very easy, though he recommends that you use the correct sanding pads to get the best results, always avoiding nails in the wall as you sand.
As far as messy dust, he says that his vacuum easily attached to the drywall sander and that it collected about 95% of all of the dust from the job activity.
Sanding With The Porter Cable Sander
Another option we examined was the Porter-Cable 4.7 Amp dustless drywall sander. Its manufacturers advertise it as a lightweight option featuring a variable speed is that range from 1,400 to 2,000 RPM.
In addition, this dustless drywall sander includes a 13-foot vacuum hose with static dissipating technology, an 8.5-pound lightweight body frame, hook and loop straps designed to make handling and mounting it a breeze.
One Porter Cable buyer was impressed that the articulating sanding head had such exceptional rotation, enabling him to stand in place as he performed the sanding, only minutely changing the angle of his body to reach different areas of the ceiling or the wall.
As far as dust, he told us that he didn't even need to wear a mask as he was operating it. In terms of how high you can reach, he found that for his purposes, doing anything higher than 9-foot ceilings was too difficult- though he used a small step stool to get into higher areas.
In his opinion, you will not get exhausted doing the walls, but when you begin having to do ceilings, holding it over your head for prolonged periods, that's when you'll begin to feel the muscle strain and burn in your arms and shoulders.
He also recommends that you don't need to spend a ton of money purchasing a shop vacuum from Porter Cable- he says that his $20 Bosch shop vacuum has functioned just fine for his purposes.
Another buyer we spoke with said that while this certainly is an expensive electric-powered drywall sander, what you are investing in is relief from the pain and aggravation and general exhaustion of performing manual drywall sanding.
He advises new users to take breaks, splitting up the work so that you divide the wall and ceiling sanding in a staggered fashion.
Another buyer we interviewed told us that he was rehabbing his house, performing renovations in his kitchens and bathrooms, and found that the Porter Cable dustless drywall sander was essential to performing the job.
He advised new users to get a bunch of 220 sanding discs to keep around. In terms of how it functions for him, he compliments the smooth order on motion, saying that he used a sanding block to perform manual touchups of the corners, and in this manner he was able to quickly finish entire rooms.
How To Sand Inside Corner Drywall
The Aleko variable speed dustless sander was another option we took a look at. It features a telescoping handle and ships with six sandpaper discs.
One buyer we spoke with who specializes and DIY home rehabs says that once he unboxed this Aleko model he was pleasantly surprised by the quality and design of the tool. He used 80 grit paper and says that after several hours of extended sanding, during which he really pressed it to its full capabilities, the machine didn't break down.
He says that it sucked up nearly all of the dust into his shop vacuum, but does note that the paper discs that come with the unit come with holes and he couldn't find any replacements that had those holes.
However, he says that this was not an issue and that generic paper sanding discs work just as well on this Aleko model. Another reviewer was highly impressed by this variable speed dustless drywall sander, saying that she was able to polish off ceiling sanding without any issues at all, giving it a glass smooth sheen.
The Wen 6369 5 Amp drywall sander is another option on the market- it features variable speed adjustments that can operate from 600 to 1,500 RPM, a hook and loop base pad that makes swapping out sandpaper simple, an automatic dust extraction system that includes a 15 foot dust hose to suck up all of the sanding debris, as well as 240, 180, 150, 120, 80, 60 grit 9 inch sanding discs.
The manufacturers also say that its pivoting 8.5 inch head can swivel in all directions, saying that it can be adjusted to be flush with every surface. One reviewer that we spoke with said that for the price, it really is unbeatable value.
The final option we examined was the Power Pro 2100 electric drywall sander. The manufacturers say that it includes 710 W of input power, powered by a variable six-speed motor ranging from 1,000 to 2,100 RPM; includes a telescoping handle that can adjust from 4 to 5.5 feet, enabling you to reach higher ceiling areas. It's constructed from hard plastic and aluminum, designed to be fairly lightweight at 10 pounds.
One professional drywall finishing contractor that we spoke with says that in the past he has been the victim of purchasing cheap Chinese knock off sanders, so when he invested in this Power Pro he wasn't sure what to expect.
He has been pleasantly surprised by it, saying that it has durable power connections and controls, doesn't wobble while in use, and the RPM controls are easy to modify. Being such a heavy user of drywall sanders, he used it extensively the first day right out of the box and says that he was able to sand for over eight hours straight, doing at least 3000 ft.² of epoxy-treated concrete ceilings that were coated with a joint compound.
In terms of value, this home repair contractor said that the ROI was incredible- in one day it paid for itself, and now he is positive that he prefers to own rather than rent these tools.
Another home rehab specialist who has done most of his sanding by hand overtime finally gave in and upgraded to an electric version. He says that it is one of the best decisions that he ever made, that it cut down on job times extensively, saving him a great deal of physical and mental aggravation completing home sanding jobs.
In addition, most users said that it was easy to connect the Power Pro dustless drywall sander to their dust extracting shop vacuum- and this dramatically minimizes the amount of dust and debris in the air, making it a healthier work environment and much easier to clean up when done.
In addition, the manufacturers included a handy carrying bag, so for individuals who need to transport their sander to different job sites, or to help out a family member in need, this is a great way to tote your tool around. You can visit your local Home Depot, consider purchasing one online, or investigate rentals from a local tool supply store.