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I currently have a Black and Decker Mouse, which I hate with the fire of a thousand suns. My budget is very limited, but I've been cleaning out our garage to set up my shop, and I'm going to take all of the random unused hardware to the second hand tool shop and see if I can trade it for a sander. Their stock is eclectic enough that looking at particular models ahead of time won't really work, but what sorts of features should I be looking for? Obviously "not made by Black and Decker" is a big one, but what else? I'll mostly be using it to sand off the ridges left on resawn wood by the bandsaw.
 

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Sanding resawn lumber sounds like you need the aggressiveness of a belt sander for starters. Buffers and orbitals aren't generally practical for cutting such heavy machine marks. It can be done, just a slower process.
 

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Sanding resawn lumber is a real PITA with any sander - although a belt sander would probably be the best choice.

Would your budget allow for a planer? There are some fairly inexpensive ones out there (e.g. Ryobi) that would make that chore much easier - and give you better results than a sander.

Too bad that you're in CO. I recently retired my old Delta planer for a DeWalt 735. New knives would probably make the Delta usable, and I've been thinking that I would just give it to someone rather than go thru the hassle of trying to sell it. After 15 years, I've long since recovered my investment in it. - lol
 

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I have several REOs of the ones I have i prefer my Milwaukee it runs smooth has variable speed and feels good in my hand I think It cost around $100 in second place is my Bosch it runs not quit as smooth but has great dust collection and variable speed
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 $ 89. in third is the Delta the most expensive
$129 and the smoothest but it is not as comfortable to hold and also has a quick stop motor so it doesn't keep spinning after being turned off. Any of these sanders are great tools and are leagues ahead of a black and Decker mouse.
 

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I, like you have no use for B&D, For good tools that I will be using frequently I often go to Rigid, but for those things I use less frequently Ryobi, If you have a 'direct tools' near you they carry both brands, usually rebuilt at good prices. I agree with everything said above and if you haft to use a sander look at belt sanders Make certain it has standard size belt and make certain to get several. 3×21 is one of several standard sizes. My ROM is the 6 in Rigid, you can check it out in the reviews sections. Its the only ROS sander I would consider to do what your ask for but is pricey.
 
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