If you’ve ever dealt with drywall before, then you already know what I mean when I say that hanging drywall is nobody’s idea of a good time. Sure, the actual hanging isn’t too bad -- there might be a bit of measuring and cutting involved, and those large sheets of gypsum are hard to maneuver if you’re stuck doing a project on your own. However, the real problem comes after you finally get it on the wall: the taping, the mudding, and especially the sanding is where the fun really starts.
And yet, without a doubt, the sanding is really the most important part of the whole process. A properly sanded piece of drywall is crucial, otherwise the finished wall will never really look right, no matter what you try to do to cover it up. That’s why it’s vital you have a drywall sander in your arsenal that’s made to do the job right. But, what does that entail? How can you know which is the best drywall sander? This is a difficult question, but fortunately I’m here to help you answer this question, and show you some products that I think could qualify for the title of best sander for drywall.
ALEKO Drywall Sander 690F
Zeny Drywall Sander 750
ALEKO® DP-2000F 710
In a nutshell, the higher the grit number, the smoother the finish. For most drywall applications, you want to pick a sandpaper that’s at least 150grit. However, it’s not a bad idea to go higher. You might be tempted to get a coarse paper, thinking that it will make the job quicker, and while that’s true, you run the risk of coarse markings and swirling on your wall, which doesn’t do you any good.
These powered sanders are going to save you a lot of time. However, there are places where you might have to do some touch-up by hand. That’s not a failure on the part of these machines, it just shows that there are some situations where there’s no substitute for the human touch.
When you’re done, take a flashlight or other hand-held light and go over the wall. This will help you find problem areas--areas with pockmarks or grooves where the sander might have missed a spot, or maybe taken off a little too much. The good news is these areas can be fixed. Don’t be afraid to add some more joint compound and smooth it out. It might take a little while longer to finish the job, but the end result will be worth it!
Our first product, the Porter-Cable 7800, is a strong one to start with. This lightweight machine delivers 4.7 amps of power, which means you have consistently strong operation from start to finish. The variable speed option lets you adjust the speed from 1,400 to 2,000 rpm, which means you have a considerable amount of control. This control makes it much easier to apply just the right amount of sanding to your drywall.
The hook-and-loop style of sanding disc attachment makes it easy to swap out discs for whatever type of sanding application you need. In addition, because all of that dust can create a static electricity hazard, the included 13-foot vacuum hose is designed to dissipate static, which can help you avoid potential damage to your sander as well as other side effects. All of this comes in a sturdy, rugged sander that stretches over 5 feet in length, giving you the ability to sand higher ceilings and other hard-to-reach areas.
The Aleko 690F is another strong and powerful drywall sander. Like the Porter-Cable, this model also allows you to vary the speed of the sanding discs (in this case, from 450 - 1,050 rpm, so a little --but not too much -- slower) for more control and finesse while sanding.
In addition, this sander comes with many extra features, including the ability to break down into parts for easy storage in the included storage and carrying case. You also get 6 sanding discs included with your purchase to help make sure you’re always ready for the job at hand. While this model may be a little heavier than some others -- weighing right around 11 pounds fully assembled -- it’s telescopic handle and over 5 and a half feet in length makes it much easier to reach ceilings and other areas than some other sanders, giving you even more power and control. .
The Power Pro 2100 was designed with flexibility in mind. With 6 sanding discs of different grit -- from very coarse to smooth -- included in the price, you can use this on a variety of jobs, not just drywall. Even more, the variable 6-speed motor gives you the control you need to get the most out of those different sanding applications. What this means is that, no matter what you choose to use this sander on, you will be ready to use it to its utmost.
In addition, the telescoping handle means that you can basically reach any high wall or ceiling that you need to. All in all, this vacuum lets you make short work of any sanding job you need to tackle.
The Zeny Drywall Sander is another great drywall sander. Like several other models, this one comes with the ability to vary the speed of its rotation to give you control for tough jobs, as well as those that require a more delicate touch. 6 sanding discs are included so you can tackle a variety of jobs. The included 13-foot hose attaches to standard vacuums for easy dust pickup, and the aluminum frame means that this sander can take a beating. That toughness does translate to a little more weight, though.
At 18 pounds, this sander is considerable heavier than some of the others, which means that overhead sanding could be difficult after a while. Other than that, though, this is another great option for drywall sanding.
The Aleko DP-2000F might just be the drywall sander that has it all. Like most of our other models, this drywall sander comes with extra sanding discs and variable speed settings to give you maximum control. It also comes with a carrying case, and breaks down for easy carrying and storage. Unlike the other models, though, this one also allows you to adjust the vacuum power, so you are not over- or under-vacuuming.
Also, it comes with an attached super-bright LED light which allows you to work in spaces where the lighting might not be ideal. This light also can allow you to find imperfections in the wall with ease (if you remember, using a light was one of the tips mentioned earlier). And to top it all off, it’s only 7 pounds! All in all, Aleko seems to have thought of everything with this one.
After looking at various models, sometimes it can be hard to pick a clear favorite. This time, though, the choice seems rather obvious to us: the Aleko DP-2000F really does seem to have everything you might need. Everything about this is either adjustable, easy to use, or designed to make the job of sanding drywall easier and quicker, which speaks towards all of the points we discussed earlier: power, control, and cleanup. If you’re in the market for the best drywall sander around, all of these were great choices, but the Aleko DP-2000F is definitely the one to beat.
Before we look at the sanders, though, let’s talk about what all goes into choosing the right sander. Because sanding drywall comes with its own challenges, it’s important that you get a sander that is up to the task. Here are some of the things you need to consider:
Sanding drywall is a long and laborious process that requires a lot of power behind it. You need to make sure you get a drywall sander that’s able to effectively do what you need. And since usually there’s a lot of drywall to sand at one time, the quicker and more efficiently you can get it done, the better. Having a sander that gets bogged down whenever you try to apply a little pressure simply slows you down, and isn’t worth the price, no matter what you may have paid for it. If you’re power tool isn’t helping to make your life easier, than you need to get a new one. The five drywall sanders we’ve selected here all have the power to make short work of whatever sanding situation you put them in, so you can be sure you’re getting your money’s worth.
As much as drywall needs power, it also needs finesse. If you’ve ever accidentally sanded off too much, you know what I’m talking about. A perfect wall has to be sanded perfectly. That’s why you need a sander that you can control. Can you vary the speed? The grit? Is it easy to get in tight, high, or low places? The answer to these questions will go a long way towards determining how much your sander will help you in the long run. If you need to put away your drywall sander and start doing smaller details by hand, “just in case,” then you’ve picked the wrong sander. A good sander is strong enough to get even the largest jobs done quickly, but also precise enough to get the littlest jobs done perfectly.
Let’s face it: drywall is a messy, messy thing. A typical sanding job without the proper equipment means an almost impenetrable cloud of dust, getting all over your clothes, skin, and hair, and making it almost impossible to breathe or see. In addition, that dust goes all over your walls, making it necessary to wipe them down and clean them before doing any painting or priming. Even worse, that dust quickly clogs up your sandpaper, meaning you have to stop frequently to change it out.
But what if all of this was avoidable? If you’re thinking about upgrading to a dedicated drywall sander, then the cleanup alone makes these sanders a good buy. These sanders are all built to vacuum away the dust, leaving a clean surface that’s ready-to-work, and clean air that’s ready-to-breathe. If you haven’t made the switch yet, trust me: it’s worth it.
I believe there is a handyman in all of us as long as you have the right tools. I started this blog to help anyone who is interested in fixing things to learn their way around the different tools and to know how to perform different DIY tasks. I have been doing this for years and believe I am a master of this art.