Hitachi SV12SG 1.7 Amp Orbital 1/4 Sheet Sander with Cloth Dust Bag
There are two really great things about Hitachi’s entry in the palm sander competition. First of all, their overmolded handle is probably one of the most comfortable available. This is something that Hitachi really shines at and overall, their tools are extremely comfortable to work with. The second thing is the speed. This baby runs at an amazing 14,000 OPM, making it the fastest palm sander I’ve seen. The advantage of this great speed is it helps maintain an incredibly smooth finish, not giving opportunity for gouges caused by the same oversized sanding particle staying in the same path.
This is the first traditional styled palm sander I’ve put in this list. Overall, I think the mouse style sanders have it beat for versatility. However, if you’re after economy, a traditional square 1/4 sheet sander will beat a mouse any day. The one drawback to those mouse style sanders is paying for the special Velcro backed sanding sheets.