At first glance, the Skil 7292 1/4-sheet palm sander looks just like any other modern sander –- and mostly it is. The 7292 differentiates itself, however, with a pressure indicator that lets you know when you’re pushing too hard.
That sounds a bit gimmicky at first, but if you’re new to woodworking, or just conscientious about avoiding dips in your work, it’s not a bad concept. It works just like those arm wrestling games at carnivals — the harder you push, the more indicators light up, all the way up to red which means you’re pushing way too hard.
It also features the standard lineup of Skil goodies, including a micro-filtration system that captures and contains ultra-fine particulates –- for the first five or ten minutes anyway. If you’re serious about no dust, the 7292 also sports a built-in vacuum adapter that fits 1-1/4″ vacuum hose. The business end boasts a no-load speed of 14,000 RPM, which is pretty spunky for a little sander.
This isn’t a rig for the pros, but it should provide a nice entry point for the beginner with some trepidation about how hard to push.