What are the parts of a pole sander?
|Similarly to a hand sander, a pole sander is simple in design with its principal parts consisting of a sander head, a handle and two clamps.
|The sander head is the large, flat part which connects to the handle. The surface area of the sander head is covered with sandpaper when in use. The sander head has a large surface area so that the user can sand a greater area with less effort.
|Different sander heads are available, including rectangular, circular, and triangular types. For more information, see What are the different types of pole sander head?
|A pole sander has two clamps, one either side of the sander head, which work together by holding the sandpaper in place on the base when the tool is in use.
|The type of clamp that a manual sander may have can vary. Most models commonly have a nut and bolt design, whereby the nut is tightened to keep the sandpaper in place. However, models which hold the sandpaper in place using velcro or clips are also available.
|A pole sander handle can also be known as an extension pole. It is a long, round length of wood, fibreglass or tubular aluminium, which provides additional length when using the tool. This allows you to sand areas that may otherwise be out of reach. This type of handle generally has a hand grip on its end to stop the pole from slipping out of the user’s hold.
There are also telescopic versions that allow you to vary the length, and therefore the reach, of the handle.
The joint which connects the sander head to the handle may rotate on many models of pole sander. This allows the sander head to twist at various angles, meaning it is more versatile when sanding as it can move to accommodate corners and surface features.
Adapters are available to connect a sander head to a pole which may otherwise not be adaptable, such as a painter’s pole. Pole sander adapters are made from either metal or plastic.