I just purchased a house and it seems that the deck needs a major rehab. Structurally, the deck is sound, but its splintered and cracked throughout the deck's horizontal surfaces. The vertical surfaces are in decent shape.
The dimensions on the deck are multilevel, 10x40. I am not good at reading woodgrain so I'm not certain what type of wood I'm dealing with. Anyway, I'm going to sand the horizontal surfaces and only clean the vertical surfaces and then seal it.
Before I get the Milwaulkee hand-sander and attack the deck, would there be any harm in using a floor sander from a rental company? My brother-in-law has told me that the floor sander is designed for hardwood floors, not decks. I didn't think that the sander cares about what wood it's sanding, but I need to ask the question given the potential time savings.