Tales of Testing
Chuck Cage, Editor of Toolmonger.com
For years, I’ve accepted that the price of a smooth finish on any wood project is hands made numb from the power sander. Well, no more. The Vibrafree sander’s two concentric pads make random circular patterns, which helps avoid marring the wood, but they move in precisely opposite paths. Each counterbalances the other’s motion, eliminating much of the vibration. I used the Craftsman to eat away half a two-foot two-by-four—almost an hour of sanding—with nary a blister or tingling finger. And the sander is noticeably easier to control. The space between the pads offers dust an easy path into the collection bin, helping to preserve the sandpaper and your lungs by keeping both clear of debris.