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Question on ROS pads. H&L vs PSA

by Steve
posted 12-23-2017 03:50 PM


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John Smith

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#1 posted 12-23-2017 04:02 PM

I switched to H&L years ago mainly due to the fact that eventually,
the smooth pad on the PSA area collected dust and finally degraded.
I am not sure, but, I think I saw somewhere that you can get a conversion
pad. PSA side will be permanent with the new H&L as the useable side.
definitely worth looking into.

-- I started out with nothing in life ~ and still have most of it left.

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Steve

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#2 posted 12-23-2017 04:09 PM



I switched to H&L years ago mainly due to the fact that eventually,
the smooth pad on the PSA area collected dust and finally degraded.
I am not sure, but, I think I saw somewhere that you can get a conversion
pad. PSA side will be permanent with the new H&L as the useable side.
definitely worth looking into.

- John Smith

Yeah, it looks like there is a conversion pad that switches over to H&L. I guess if I’m going to keep this sander, I should probably look into buying it. Wish Sears would fullfill my order on the 6423 I caught on sale there for $40.

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woodbutcherbynight

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#3 posted 12-23-2017 04:15 PM

I prefer H&L but either way you go buying in bulk online will be cheaper option than locally. Myself I use the Mirka Gold line and it has worked well for years. Others may have a better brand suggestion. Once you are done using it on the sander save the old pieces. The work great for those odd sanding jobs, contours, small areas and such.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 12-23-2017 05:33 PM

The PSA never keeps forever, at least in my experience. So if you stay with it and order a supply, you might find they won’t stick after a while. I’d go H&L.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Steve

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#5 posted 12-23-2017 05:52 PM

Yeah, it’s not looking good for PSA pads which is probably why HD was adding these to the dewalt 611 routers.
I’ve ordered a replacement H&L pad that will fit the 6420. In for a penny, in for a pound.

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JackDuren

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#6 posted 12-24-2017 12:55 AM

I use psa but I use 3 different PC 332-333 sanders….If I was going to use one sander I would go to H&L…

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bigblockyeti

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#7 posted 12-24-2017 01:02 AM

I’ve seen universal conversion kits that have super mega PSA bonded to the hook side of the system to stick to your smooth pad. I don’t know how well that would work in the long run but usually cheaper than factory replacement parts that seem to have been going up in price exponentially from nearly every make in the past few years.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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