If you’re a DIY furniture painter or refinisher, then you probably know how important having the right tools are. One such tool is a power sander. But is the SurfPrep 5″ orbital sander right for you?
I have the 3″x4″ SurfPrep sander, and I LOVE it.
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The SurfPrep 5″ sander comes in either a 3/16″ orbit or a 3/32″ orbit. The 3/32″ orbit is the sander that I have, and according to SurfPrep, it’s the less aggressive option, so it doesn’t cut as fast.
I bought this 5″ Orbital Sander after my Dewalt 5″ orbital sander gave out on me. I have had this sander for about a year now, and I think it’s a good sander. I’m still on the fence about it.
Let’s take a closer look and find out if it’s right for you, though!
SurfPrep 5″ Orbital Sander Performance
Recently I compared the 5″ orbital sander to my SurfPrep 3×4″ sander. I set a timer and sanded 1 side of a painted dresser with 1 sander, and stopped when the timer went off.
I repeated the same process with the other sander on the other side of the dresser. Both sanders removed about the same amount of paint. But the 3×4″ sander took the lead by a small amount.
I also couldn’t get into the corners of the dresser with the 5″ orbital, but I could with the 3×4″ sander.
You can read more about the comparison and see photos of it here in my post about the best sanders to remove paint. Or watch the comparison in my YouTube video here.
Pros of SurfPrep 5″ Orbital Sander
The first thing that stands out about this sander is its weight; at only 2.5 lbs, it’s one of the lightest sanders on the market. Overall, it’s also a little smaller than some other 5″ orbital sanders.
This means less fatigue for your arms when tackling large projects. Speaking of fatigue, it also doesn’t vibrate as much as other 5″ orbital sanders do.
It comes with a 1-year warranty which will give you peace of mind should anything happen to it within the year.
If you need a sander with variable speed adjustments, the SurfPrep 5″ orbital sander has you covered with 4 different speeds.
And finally, it’s built well and feels sturdy in your hands; no need to worry about this machine coming apart after some hard use.
Cons of SurfPrep 5″ Orbital Sander
That said, there are some drawbacks to this sander. For starters, it isn’t necessarily faster when removing paint or stain from furniture surfaces than other sanders on the market.
Also, it’s a pretty expensive sander compared to some of its competitors.
And finally, because it has a round pad instead of a square or rectangular pad like the SurfPrep 3×4″ Sander has, getting into corners is more difficult.
Where to Buy SurfPrep 5″ Orbital Sander
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Final Thoughts on SurfPrep 5″ Orbital Sander
Overall, it’s a great sander, but it has some drawbacks. Like I said, I’m on the fence about it.
I wish I would have ordered the more aggressive version with the 3/16 orbit (which translates to about a 4.5mm orbit… which is 1.5mm orbit more aggressive than the 3×4 sander.)
I think I would be happier with it since I’m really looking for a more aggressive sander than what I already have.
I know that it is a better, lighter machine than the cheaper options you find in stores today. So I’m happy to have it.
But if it’s going to be a stretch on your budget, I wouldn’t recommend it. I would recommend the 3×4 sander more! It’s so much more versatile and can get into corners easier.
Here’s an in-depth Festool RTS 400 REQ Sander Review to learn more.
If you want to learn more about the different types of sanders for furniture, check out my post for more information.
Is this sander right for you?? Or would you rather spend your money on something else? Let me know in the comments!
More Furniture Sanding Resources
- Best Sanders for Furniture
- Sanding Before Painting Furniture
- SurfPrep Sander Alternative
- How to Sand Curved Surfaces
- Foam Sanding Pads for Electric Sanders
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