The 4500 Super Sander by Hutchins is a pro-quality model that comes with all the right features designed to meet both your woodworking and automobile project needs. This model also provides top of the line control during operation, despite the fact that it’s impressively powerful.
Our Verdict: This is a high-powered random orbit sander that comes loaded with some great features. It provides a super-fine finish, which is what makes it perfect for use on vehicles or antique furniture. Powerful, but offering a delicate performance, this is one tool you’ll want in your garage, woodworking shop, or for use at work. While the price is a little steep, if you need a sander you can use daily, one that can provide a reliable performance and handle hours of use without overheating, then this Hutchins model is a perfect choice.
Keep on reading to find out what makes this a pro-quality power tool, what features it has to offer, and how it measures up to its competition.
Overview and Features
This is an air-powered sander, which means it should be hooked up to an air compressor. This can be a drawback for potential buyers on a budget who don’t already have an air compressor. Additionally, the setup may be intimidating for beginners, however, I found that the sander itself was incredibly easy to use, despite being pro-quality.
This is a sander that’s commonly used in automotive or woodworking shops. It uses the hook and loop attachment design so you can easily and quickly secure the sandpaper, without the worry that it’ll slip or peel off during use. Basically, this is a high-powered sander that will feel right at home in a pro environment, in your garage, or in a woodworking shop. It may be overkill for smaller projects, but considering its power, it may be just want you need to tackle those hardwood floors at home.
This model works using random orbit action, which involves the disc and head rotating in random patterns in order to achieve an ultra-fine finish. It creates a type of random sanding pattern by moving in small elliptical patterns. This design ensures that there will be no swirl marks left behind, even on the most delicate surfaces.
This model comes with a flex-cover for a more comfortable grip that can reduce strain and fatigue in the user’s hands and fingers.
Despite a powerful motor, this power tool has a low profile motor that provides a vibration-free operation. The lack of vibration will help to improve user comfort while giving you more control as you work.
Air Efficiency System
The Air Efficiency system, complete with positive action drive features four specially designed bearings that allow the tool to create more power using less air. This model runs on 9.8 CFM at ninety PSI.
The sander’s oversized drive head will prevent the pad from wobbling for improved control when sanding.
Larger Surface Area
The sander has a larger than average surface area that measures in at six-inches, other models in this price range typically come with a four-inch or five-inch surface area. A bigger surface area means that the sander is able to cover a larger area per pass during operation.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- No-vibration design
- Ergonomic design
- Larger than average surface area
- Flex-cover for improved grip during operation
- Head design allows the tool to create more power using less air
- Requires an air compressor in order to operate
If you don’t already know how to use orbital sander, then this model may seem a little intimidating. Fortunately, the manufacturer includes a well-written and detailed user’s manual that can walk you through the set up process and go over how to use the sander as efficiently as possible. It’s larger drive head helps to make this model incredibly stable, so you won’t have to worry about the sandpaper disc moving around too much during use or have to deal with unsightly swirl marks.
This is an air-powered sander that features a larger than average surface area that will allow you to cover more ground per pass. This is a very smooth sander, one that doesn’t produce much vibration during use, even when you’re going over a challenging surface. The metal guard located on the counterweight will protect the user’s fingers from injury, while the ergonomic grip allows you to comfortably use the sander for hours at a time. Despite its powerful motor, it also offers a quieter than average operation. The tool’s orbital pattern is fairly small, which will also give you more control during use. Ultimately, this is the type of tool you want to have around if you have a big job to tackle.
How it Measures Up to the Competition
DEWALT DWE6423K Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander features a much different design than this Hutchins model. For one, it’s equipped with a three-amp motor and isn’t air-powered. For another, it features a smaller sanding surface area of five inches instead of six. It also comes with dust-sealed switches, which this model does not. The dust-sealed design will prevent sawdust from entering the tool and can help to keep it in perfect running order. Both models have a no-vibration design that will minimize user fatigue while giving you more control during operation. The Dewalt model is a better option for home use, while this power tool from Hutchins will fit in nicely in a pro garage or woodworking shop.
Conclusion and Rating
This air tool by Hutchins is designed for both home and pro use, and it’s one of the best palm sanders for woodworking and automotive work. Considering the setup, it’s surprisingly beginner-friendly. It’s variable speed control settings will also give the user more control during operation. Overall, this is a great sander to have if you’re working on refinishing hardwood floors or another type of larger sanding job. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.