Diablo Velcro sandpaper discs suck whale dingus, 3M ones good

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Forum topic by nickbatz posted 07-12-2020 11:14 PM 473 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2020 11:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

Diablo makes great saw blades, but their sandpaper discs stink up the place.

The reason is that they stop adhering to the random orbit sander way before they’re worn down, and go flying. That’s with my previous 5” sander, a Craftsman, and my current Makita (which I recommend highly, by the way).

The ones to buy are 3M. They last a long time and don’t have that problem at all.

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#1 posted 07-13-2020 12:06 AM

I used to use psa paper and thought I was saving money. I got a new sander so I gave H&L a try before converting.

The H&L last much longer and actually ended up being cheaper.

I good value are these-

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#2 posted 07-13-2020 12:19 AM

Yep. Diablo is crap. However, there are dozens of quality options. The store brand disks CWWoodworking linked to are good for the price. For top-notch products, look at Mirka (both Abranet and Gold), Klingspor and other premium brands. They cost a bit more up front, but are very economical in the long run. For really long lasting disks check out alumina zirconia instead of aluminum oxide.

-- 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 07-13-2020 02:41 AM

Hah. I’ve never heard of those brands. Good to know. Thanks.

3M is what they have in the hardware store near me, and Home Depot sells Diablo.

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#4 posted 07-13-2020 03:26 AM

These days I buy mostly 3M, Festool, and Abranet, unless I find a hot deal on some other brand. I have some Diablo discs and haven’t had the same trouble but still I prefer 3M.

-- Rick M,

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#5 posted 07-13-2020 04:52 AM

I haven’t found anything to match the performance of Klingspor discs. I get the VD series cream colored discs, and they last for about 45 minutes of sanding. Velcro holds up well. Reasonable price too.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 07-13-2020 01:00 PM

I use the Klingspor gold disks and happy with price and quality.

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#7 posted 07-13-2020 01:40 PM

This is one thing I have been struggling with recently… I usually buy the Diablo disks, used to be Norton disks, because they were the ones available at the big box stores, and I usually just bought what was in front of me. Easy, no real thought, other than grit.

But, recently, I’ve been burning through too many disks and feeling like I really need to up this part of my game.

My first question would be, given the choices, which abrasive to buy? (I do a lot of work with varied woods, everything form pine, to cherry, maple, walnut, mahogany, rosewood, etc. I also do a lot of finishing with polyurethane, shellac, BLO, etc. Those are most of my uses… Don’t do too much metal work, and only occasional plastic stuff)....

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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