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Forum topic by sawdustjunkie posted 02-06-2018 03:01 AM 672 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2018 03:01 AM

I have been using 60 and 80 grit Diablo 5” sanding disks for finishing end grain cutting boards.
Then I go to 120, 180 and finally 220.
The 60 and 80 grit Diablo don’t seem to hold up very well.
Any suggestions on a better longer lasting pad??

-- Steve: Franklin, WI

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#1 posted 02-06-2018 03:03 AM

Abranet is what I know. And it’s awesome.

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 05:33 AM

Abranet is what I know. And it’s awesome.

- TheFridge

+1. Mirka makes great products all around. Their sheets are the best, and their Mirlon Total non-woven pads can’t be beat.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 01:27 PM

Just don’t buy the Abranet from HD, where they sell the lousy Diablo discs. It’s not too good. If you are using those red Diablo discs with the “unihole” system, those little holes, they clog up too fast and dull themselves. I hate those.

And as an alternative to Abranet, the sterate discs (gold), and the blue discs from Klingspor are good, I use them all the time, especially in the 80 grit that AB blue they sell is a horse. (I don’t keep 60 grit in my shop, so no experience there.)

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 02-07-2018 02:42 AM

Like others mentioned the generic disc from the borg are going to be just that. Generic run of the mill sold to the masses. For the work you are doing as Rich and TheFridge suggested spend a little more and get quality sandpaper.

A tip for these discarded disc is to save them in a plastic or metal coffee can. They work great for small detail work or some rough quick work without eating into a new sheet.

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#5 posted 02-07-2018 01:51 PM

I use Mirka as well, have not compared them to other named brands, but the no names do not last any where near as long.

-- Chris K

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#6 posted 02-07-2018 02:06 PM

I used a package of the Diablo discs, never again. The surprise I got was the Shopsmith brand that Lowe’s carries. They are reasonably priced. I get good life out of them. I was hoping for better life than the Diablo but did not expect them to last as long as they do and that includes the 80 grit.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#7 posted 02-07-2018 03:29 PM

Check with these folks-

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#8 posted 02-07-2018 04:47 PM

abranet is the best

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#9 posted 02-07-2018 06:26 PM

I bought some Norton disks awhile back they are Much Better than the Diablo discs. The Klingspor disks are decent but I still like the Norton better. I have yet to try the mesh disks but have heard they are better than sliced bread. Freud or Diablo is now making a mesh disk. Has anyone used them and can compare them to the Abranet?

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