american sanders logoRustic Floor Supply offers American Sanders at our Boise, Idaho, location. American Sanders is a company that manufactures floor sanding machines in North Carolina, USA. These machines are highly regarded in the hardwood flooring industry for their performance and efficiency. They are known for their ability to sand floors quickly and easily cut through finishes, making them the perfect tool for cutting through old finish in the historic homes found in Boise, Idaho. American Sanders is a top choice if you need a reliable and well-built machine for hardwood floor sanding. They offer a range of products that can help you complete your sanding project from start to finish. Boise contractors trust the American sanders, and for a good reason, all of their machines are 100% American-made, ensuring high quality and dependability.

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Belt Sanders

Belt sanders are a popular choice for sanding floors due to their innovative design, which makes it easier for the operator to change out the belts. These sanders also tend to leave less chatter on the floor, resulting in a smoother finish. Hardwood belt sanders are often considered a more refined tool for stripping floors down to bare or flat wood, and they are generally easier to use.

Drum Sanders

Drum sanders are a type of sanding machine that was originally designed for use on hardwood floors. These machines are known for their powerful sanding capabilities, which allow them to quickly remove finishes. They are often used for sanding gym floors and large open spaces, but they can also be used to sand residential floors. Drum sanders are considered to be reliable and hardworking tools that are essential for many hardwood flooring projects. Despite being an older design, they are still widely used by professionals in the industry.

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Drum Sander


Flooring edgers are specialized tools used to sand the edges and corners of a floor that cannot be reached by drum or belt sanders. They are smaller and more maneuverable than these larger sanding machines, making them well-suited for sanding the perimeter of a room, as well as tight spaces and corners. Edgers can be used to sand a wide range of flooring materials, including wood, concrete, and terrazzo, and are often used by flooring professionals to prepare a floor for refinishing or to smooth out rough or uneven areas. Some edgers are equipped with dust-collection systems to help minimize the amount of dust generated during the sanding process.


Buffers are a type of floor sanding machine that have been used in the hardwood flooring industry for many years. American Sanders offers buffers in various head sizes, with the most common being 16″ wide. These machines are designed to spin and sand the floor using various attachments and sandpaper types. Buffers are commonly found in schools, businesses, and other public facilities and are known for their versatility, as they can be used to perform a wide range of tasks. They are an essential tool for professionals working in the hardwood flooring industry.

Planetary Sanders

Orbital or planetary sanders are a type of floor sanding machine offered by American Sanders. These machines have multiple heads that spin in different directions, which helps to create an even, smooth sand on a floor while minimizing scratches from sandpaper. They are highly effective at flattening a hardwood floor and are generally considered easier to use and master than other types of sanders because they do not cut on just one side. Orbital or planetary sanders are an important tool for professionals working in the hardwood flooring industry and are known for their performance and efficiency.

Company History

Clarke, now known as American Sanders, was founded by Alex A. Clark. Alex was inspired to start the company after being dissatisfied with the poor quality of bar tops in the bars he visited. In 1916, he created the first bar top restorer, which eventually became less popular. By adding a pole to the machine, however, he was able to create the first-floor buffer, which became the foundation of Clarke (now American Sanders).

In the 1950s, Clarke experienced significant growth and innovation, introducing new products such as the FM Floor Maintainer, the DU-8 Rental Sander, and the first battery-operated auto scrubber, the Clarke-A-Matic. Sales continued to rise during this time, reaching 9 million annually. Clarke underwent several changes in ownership throughout the 1950s and beyond.

Today, American Sanders (formerly Clarke) produces floor sanding machines in Sparta, North Carolina for Pioneer Eclipse. The company offers a full lineup of flooring machines, including those for hardwood floor restoration and sanding. American Sanders is well known for its innovative products and commitment to quality and has established itself as a leader in the flooring industry.

Notable Days in History:

1959 – Clarke is acquired by Studebaker and introduced the FM Floor Maintainer.
1965 – First Dual Motor Upright Vacuum Cleaner, the Model 550.
1971 – Clarke produces the 1,000,000th FM Floor Maintainer.
2015 – American Sanders and Pioneer Eclipse launched the TimberGuard line of water-based hardwood floor products.