What is a hand sander with dust extraction?
|Some hand sanders are designed with a dust extraction feature, which allows the sander to be connected to a flexible hose.
The hose is connected to a household vacuum cleaner, which enables dust and other small, loose particles to be collected when switched on.
|Many hand sanders with this feature are designed with a vacuum handle to which the hose is attached.|
|On other types, the hose is connected to the base of the sander, which might be preferable to many users because the hose is kept out of the way.|
|Hand sanders with dust extraction are available with handles of various shapes. Many models with have an arched handle, similarly to a regular hand sander.
However, a block handle is another common shape. It is designed with a block handle because its large surface provides a comfortable grip which prevents the hands from getting blisters.
|Special sanding sheets made of mesh are commonly used with dust extraction sanders. The sheets have holes in them to allow the dust to be sucked through.
However, standard-type sandpaper that is pre-shaped and formed with a series of holes to allow the dust to pass through is also available.
|Sanders with this feature are specially made for use with plaster and filler (for example, on walls) because sanding these surfaces creates lots of dust which can be disruptive and hazardous for the user. It is also messy, as the dust particles can get everywhere, leaving the user with the hassle of cleaning up after the job is done.|
|The vacuum feature is therefore ideal, as it sucks up the particles during the sanding process, keeping the area clean.|
|For information on how to use this type of sander, see How to use a hand sander with dust extraction.|