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Forum topic by eazye posted 08-14-2015 09:15 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-14-2015 09:15 PM

Hello All!,

I have a question for everyone regarding palm sanders. I am an industrial technology teacher in Kansas. In the past we have used hook and loop sanders. I seem to go through a lot of pads due to them just wearing and not being able to hold the sand paper (9 this past school year). We make all sorts of furniture. Does anyone out there know of a better solution as to how to make these last longer? Maybe a better replacement pad out there?

Thanks in advance for your help!

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#1 posted 08-14-2015 09:38 PM

Thats the big problem with these. Theres no good solution i know of. When i did this full time we used PSA and bought in bulk. May i suggest my favorite alternative to sanding: the card scraper. Superrior by far.

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#2 posted 08-14-2015 10:10 PM

Maybe it’s really NOT the pad’s fault. Perhaps spend a few more minutes on teaching the kids NOT to lean into sander. It really doesn’t improve the finish by adding pressure to the sander.

Show them how to properly hold and SLOWLY MOVE the sander back and forth in an overlapping fashion.

Speed sanding is NOT a sport! :-)

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 10:52 PM

I tend to lean on my sander more as the paper gums up and wears. If I keep an abrasive cleaning stick in reach, I clean the paper as I go, which prolongs the life of the paper and by extension, the pad. Perhaps a few sticks of abrasive cleaner, or the soles from a few old shoes mounted on MDF backers would encourage frequent cleaning, saving on the wear and tear to the paper and pads?

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#4 posted 08-15-2015 12:19 AM

You mean they still have such a thing as Woodshop in schools these days? I figured with all of the computer technology that class would have gone away years ago…..

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#5 posted 08-15-2015 12:38 AM

Yes! I teach CAM/CAD. Cabinetmaking, and Construction. Our middle school is also a manufacturing based program.

Thanks everyone for the tips. I will try the abrasive cleaner idea for sure.

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#6 posted 08-15-2015 02:18 AM

I always try to stockpile as much different things to sand at the same grit as I can so that I’m not constantly changing the grit. Would it be possible to have sanders that have dedicated grits on them? That way they are only ever changed when the paper wears out?

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#7 posted 08-15-2015 11:39 AM

I have a friend who swears by the Mirka an Abranet sanding pads and discs.

Supposed to be much better at material removal without paper clogging and allows for better vacuum pressure for better dust collection.

I will be trying them next, as well.

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#8 posted 08-15-2015 12:40 PM

Over the years sandpaper has changed dramatically. It clogs and wears much faster than it used to. I still have some sheets from long time ago that I used in my 1/2 sheet sander. The old clip on front and back to hold it in place.
What I found wears the hook and loop pad, is IF the pad is not clean when putting on new sanding disc. Even a little dust in pad affects the holding power.
Yes PATIENCE is required to be a GOOD cabinet maker or finishing carpenter. Speed is not a good thing !

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#9 posted 08-15-2015 02:12 PM

Have you tried using pad protectors that go between the sander pad and the paper?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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