Floor Sanding

Old 01-11-06, 10:27 AM
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Floor Sanding

I have an old home and need to sand the floor in a small room (10 x 10). Not sure what kind of wood it is but it is 3 1/2" wide strips of something a bit softer than Oak (kind of a redish color, not Oak or pine). The floor isn't to bad so I don't need to "grind" it down or re-stain it. I just need to smooth the surface a bit. I'm thinking rather than spend $80 to rent a floor sander, (not to mention the 30 mile round trip to pick it up and return it) I might just get on my knees for a day with a portable machine. I may need to spend $100 or so, but at least I would own the sander afterward.

My question is What would be the best kind of machine to use on this job? Random Orbit? Orbital? Belt? I'm kinda leaning toward a Milwaukee 12,000 OPM Orbital but I'm not sure if some other type may work better.

Thanks in advance for the advice!
Old 01-11-06, 08:31 PM
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Never done one like that, so I have no suggestions.

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