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Factors to Consider When Renting Floor Sanders
Before renting a sander, decide what exactly you need. Which sander you rent will depend upon the project you want to accomplish and the features you desire in a sander. Consider the following factors prior to renting.
  • Floor sander type. Many types of floor sanders are available to rent. A floor drum sander and floor edger combination followed by a light sanding using an orbital sander or a floor polisher take care of most floor refinishing projects. However, for floor finishing or touch ups, most do-it-yourselfers use only an orbital sander. Less commonly, people may rent a floor belt, disk or rotary sander instead of a drum sander. See also Floor Sander Rental Options.
  • Ease of use. Many rental drum sanders offer features, such as tilt action or lever controls, which give you more control when lowering the sander’s drum to the floor. In addition, a floor sander that allows you to attach paper easily helps to prevent problems, such as chatter marks on the floor. Be sure to ask your ARA-affiliated rental professionals for detailed instructions on using the floor sanders. Sometimes, they also may offer you how-to video instructions to watch.
  • Dust collection capabilities. Many rental floor sanders today come with built-in dust pickup capabilities. A sander equipped with a vacuum can reduce most airborne dust, requiring less worksite cleanup.
  • Speed. The revolutions per minute (rpm) of the drum or pad help to determine the cutting ability of the rental floor sander. A constant speed is preferred to variable speed when sanding floors to prevent uneven sanding or gouging.
  • Sanding width. The wider the area the rental floor sander can sand, the fewer passes that you will have to make with it.
  • Type of abrasive required. Not all rental floor sanders use the same type of abrasive. Drum sanders usually require sanding sheets, whereas belt sanders take sanding belts and rotary sanders commonly use sanding disks. Be sure to find out the specific type of abrasive you must purchase for the sander you will rent.
  • Weight. Some rental floor sanders can weigh over 100 pounds. If necessary, make sure that you have the help you need to maneuver them safely in and out of a vehicle and up and down stairs as required.
Contact your local, ARA-affiliated, rental store for information on available rental products and services to meet your floor sanding and refinishing needs. To locate the rental store nearest you, use the Rental Store Quick Locator above.

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