The purpose of these tools is in the name: detail. Also known as mouse or corner sanders, detail sanders can smooth out corners and tight spaces. A detail sander is a hand-held tool with a triangular piece of sandpaper attached to a small vibrating head, although many attachments are available specific to certain applications.
Detail sanders are easy to control and give a smooth finish in a tight spot, but can be frustrating in open areas. Almost any other sander will be more efficient than a detail sander when the vast majority of material needs sanding.
Use our exclusive tool-comparison engine in the bar below to compare detail sanders. If you're unsure this is the right type of sander for you, read our full article on how to choose an AC sander.
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