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Cubitron Experiences

Cubitron Experiences

03-21-2022 02:15 PM by Redoak49 | 12 comments »

After reading about the Cubitron, I had to try it out on my 5 inch ROS. I bought a multi grit pack and used it on a recent project where I was finishing sanded plywood with a water based finish. The Good These disks really do an aggressive job at sanding. The remove wood very quickly. The disks last a long time and remain sharp for a long time. The grit remains sharp and the disks hold up well with no tearing. Even these 3M Cubitron disks with all the holes allow good dust coll...

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Great Drum Sander

Great Drum Sander

02-24-2022 08:57 PM by Lumpy63 | 6 comments »

I’ve been going back and forth between the Supermax 19-38 and the Jet 18-36 (to the point that I had decided on the Jet, ordered it, then canceled the order after seeing a Jet 22-44 side by side with a Supermax 19-38). I’d like to provide the following comparison between the 19-38 and 18-36. In doing this, I admit that I am extrapolating what the 18-36 is like in some cases based on what I saw on the Jet 22-44. I’ll try to note this below. Obviously these are only my opi...

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Abranet abrasive mesh belts are AWESOME

Abranet abrasive mesh belts are AWESOME

01-03-2022 07:02 PM by mnguy | 5 comments »

Like many of us here, I have the Rigid oscillating belt / spindle sander. Also, probably like many of us, it is the only stationary sanding machine in my shop, and I ask a lot of it; i.e. abuse it. I particularly use it forming the heads of turned salad servers (shown in the photo). With no CNC, I have limited options for removing stock and getting the heads close to net final shape before sanding, so I remove a lot of stock. Previously, I’ve used decent quality resin bonded aluminum ox...

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Sandpaper tests - longest lasting, biggest bang for the buck

Sandpaper tests - longest lasting, biggest bang for the buck

10-17-2021 03:42 PM by iminmyshop | 20 comments »

What counts with sandpaper is how much it costs per gram of sawdust removed. Cheap paper that has to be replaced every two minutes is an expensive time waster. Lately, the 3M Cubitron Mesh has become my favorite, It lasts a long time, doesn’t clog and is a pleasure to work with. Well, at least as much of a pleasure as sanding can ever be. Now, Johnathen Katz Moses, in controlled lab tests, confirms it. Gram for gram the 3M Cubitron Mesh removed the most sawdust and was one of the l...

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New little belt sander in the shop

New little belt sander in the shop

01-08-2021 09:36 PM by fivecodys | 14 comments »

My son got me this little guy for Christmas. I have only used for a few hours since I received it so my review is based on that limited use.The 1” wide belt works real well for small parts. My Ridgid EB4424 is a little rough on small parts.This unit was very easy to set up. Maybe 5 minutes to set up and square the tables. The tables are cheap light metal but then again, just for small parts so will probably be ok.I like the 5” disk for small parts as well.It’s pret...

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For a fistful of shekels.

For a fistful of shekels.

08-18-2020 12:52 PM by LittleBlackDuck | 41 comments »

Boys and Girls, This is my response to pottzy’s review of the Bosch Dual-Mode Orbital sander. I couldn’t make a supportive comment as I haven’t experienced a Bosch attack and it would have been totally unfair to say anything negative, so I decided to back up my opinion with this ”review“ of the Fe$tool ROTEX. Yes, it is expensive(er), as I spell it with the $, however, just remember you cannot buy a Rolls in Kmart, unless it’s a baloney roll. Rather than go into all the pros ...

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bosch get75-6n

bosch get75-6n

08-18-2020 12:55 AM by pottz | 57 comments »

well i was looking at and contimplating getting a festool rotex,started to look at reviews and came across one that pushed me to bosch,it was done by a guy that runs a commercial cabinet shop.he has and has used both sanders extensively.it his opinion was they were both equal in performance and said why spend twice the money.so i didn’t and got the bosch.having just done some testing with it im real happy so far,the sander really removes wood fast on the turbo setting.it’s variabl...

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Good Sandpaper Value

Good Sandpaper Value

06-09-2020 09:51 PM by Redoak49 | 2 comments »

I had looked at the Klingspor Bargain Box of Sandpaper several times in the past and finally purchased the 10 Pound version of Fine, Medium and Coarse paper. This paper was all cloth backed and about 12” wide and each of the rolls contained 30-75” of material. I got a total of 14 rolls with the following grits: 50, 60, 80, 100 150, 180, 220, 240 and 320. I will use the material in a variety of ways. I often glue with 3M77 spray glue a piece of sandpaper to 1/4” MDF....

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Cant Get It Assembled!!!

Cant Get It Assembled!!!

05-08-2020 03:05 PM by doctimw | 15 comments »

I bought this combo sander for a project build for my wife for mothers day. I only have 2 more days and all I needed was some final sanding prior to finishing the stain and protective layers. The spindle knob (free floating) won’t even thread onto the spindle. Took belt off and just tried to free-hand it on but it doesn’t seem to fit. Threads appear to be okay and no sign of any x-threading seen. Has anyone else run into this problem and was there a fix. Our local HD doesn&#...

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Just Got a New Career!

Just Got a New Career!

04-05-2020 07:17 PM by TeleMaker | 41 comments »

I’ve been using a shop built drum sander for five or six years, for building custom Tele style guitars. Worked great, but my wife bought me an anniversary present a couple of weeks ago, so I made the mistake of throwing the old warhorse onto Craigslist. BIG MISTAKE. Spent two hours trying to get the conveyor belt to track. Impossible – Ordered another belt to replace the shredded original belt. (Yes, I installed the plastic “guides”, per the manual.) Forced to make con...

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