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Review by tmiller posted 05-06-2009 08:48 AM 2612 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
This stuff really works! This stuff really works! This stuff really works! Click the pictures to enlarge them

Many of you probably have used this stuff before but it is new to me. I mean I have seen it around for years but never thought much of it till I picked up the Ridgid EB4424 Oscillating Edge Belt/Spindle Sander (pictured above). I have noticed a number of lumberjocks with this machine.

You can pick this up from many different manufactures and at many different outlets but I happened to get mine at Harbor Freight for $4.99. That seemed like a reasonable gamble not knowing how well this type of product worked; I am pleasantly surprised. The manufacturer states that this will “make your discs and belts last 5X longer!” and that “it removes the accumulated particles that lodge between the abrasive grains and cause a dull cut.” After using this on my belt sander I could see noticeable faster and more aggressive sanding. It seems like this cleaning brick will last a long time because it wears slowly and it is pretty big; 8-1/2’’ x 1-1/2’’ x 1-1/2’’ (think 2×4 thickness). I only unwrapped mine brick a little at one end and use the rest of the plastic wrapper to keep it dust free.

On the down side it didn’t clean an area of the belt that had sap residue ‘burned’ on. So, I recommend you use this cleaner frequently to avoid allowing sap to coat.

If this product can extend just one belt 2-3 times as long it will have paid for itself. I would recommend this product to a friend.


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#1 posted 05-06-2009 09:11 AM

Nice review, thanks for sharing.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#2 posted 05-06-2009 12:18 PM

good information..I have looked at these before and thought. ” that doesn’t work”....good to know….thanks for the review

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#3 posted 05-06-2009 01:49 PM

These are great. I’ve used them for years. Sure beats using your old tennis shoes to clean your sanders.

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#4 posted 05-06-2009 03:19 PM

Glad it worked for you. the sears near my house has them a bit cheaper, but what’s a dollar in the grand scheme of things. This will probably last you quite a while.

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#5 posted 05-06-2009 04:02 PM

Yep… I use this stuff as well on my belt, drum and disc sanders and it works very well however, it is only effective to a grit of about 150 or so after which the gum particulates appear to be too large to reach between the grit to remove finer dirt. So, although it’s not perfect, I’ve found it to be well worth the small investment.

-- JMP

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#6 posted 05-06-2009 04:28 PM

Good stuff. I use it on the belt sander each time after use.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 05-06-2009 05:03 PM

I agree. Great product and I’ve found another use also! When working with laminate (ie. Formica and such) it works great for removing the gummy cement after trim routing. Instead of sanding the cement off, which is what I used to do, run this stick over the edge and it strips it off easily. Even on edge banding too!

-- Childress Woodworks

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#8 posted 05-06-2009 06:02 PM

Yep, these really extend the life of your sanding belts and discs.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#9 posted 05-06-2009 06:07 PM

I am glad I read your review. I bought the same sander from Home a few months ago and really like it. I bought the same abrasive cleaner from Harbor Freight about 2 or 3 weeks ago and have yet to use it. Your review motivates me to srart using it.

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#10 posted 05-06-2009 06:27 PM

I use mine to erase the mistakes on my drawings and cleaning my sanding belts


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#11 posted 05-06-2009 11:48 PM

i dunno… is that HF sanding belt cleaner one that you would want to hand down to your grandkids?

just kidding…. thanks for the review. i was wondering how this compares to the other brands as well.

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#12 posted 05-07-2009 12:23 AM

Great product! I too was amazed the very first time I used it!

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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#13 posted 05-07-2009 05:49 AM

If it is still around when my grandkids come along, its theirs.

I can’t inagine much improvement, its already pretty cheap and it does its job.

Some guy did indicate you could use and old shoe sole. If that works it would be free. :)


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#14 posted 05-08-2009 09:53 AM

I use the old shoe sole – it’s the same stuff ( just make sure you use the right shoe!) Just look for a sole which is the same color as this stuff. A natural gum rubber crepe sole I think it’s called. t didn’t used to be $4.99, so using an old shoe was better value – maybe not anymore.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#15 posted 05-09-2009 04:27 AM

We use them 3-4 times a day at the school shop. Most of the kids just enjoy playing with it. One stick almost lasted a year. So I would concur that the stick will last a while. I bought ours at Rockler. I am going to be by HF tomorrow, I think I will pickup one or 2 more to be ready for this summer. Thanks for the review.

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