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Milwaukee 6021-21

Highlight: Comes with two sanding pads, one for hook-and-loop sandpaper and one for adhesive-backed sandpaper.

Tester: Laura Goldstein, New York City

Skill level: Beginning DIYer ("I don't have lots of hands-on power-tool experience.")

Used tool for: Sanding a flea market table for use as a plant stand.

Verdict: "I loved not having to worry about whether I was sanding with the grain."

Tool stats: Variable speed, 7,000–12,000 orbits per minute (opm), 3 amps, 3.3 pounds, cloth dust collector.

Price: About $80, Milwaukee

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