When I have 2 machines that accomplish the same task in the shop it's only natural to compare the differences. Here I have Makita and Restorer - both with hours of use and ton of completed projects. From my point of view there are some advantages to both, depending on the work to be done. Let's narrow in on the main differences to help you choose which sander is the right one for your woodworking shop.
I grew up in Northern British Columbia so I know how to use a chainsaw - then why do I prefer a Prazi Beam Cutter for my woodworking shop? I'll quickly go over the reasons I love this circular saw attachment.
How do you preserve the character and beauty of reclaimed wood and get the clean functional finish? You use wood filler! I have a one brand that I've had much success with and I'd love to share my process for using it. Wood filler can be sanded and stained like hardwood so it's the perfect assistant for your salvaged wood projects.
There is one thing you can always count on when it comes to working with wood... sawdust. Sawdust everywhere. The amount I have to sweep everyday has drastically gone down since I added this unit to my shop. Let's go over the reasons why I love the Mirka Sanding System.
One of the expected challenges when working with reclaimed wood is CRACKS. When working on my projects I thoroughly inspect all the wood both for it's character and it's strength. If the existing cracks can be worked with then I pull out my top secret weapon for crack stabilization.... the SLABSTITCHER!