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Palm sander comparison... Your say

by Mark
posted 03-09-2010 04:38 AM


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GMman

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 04:44 AM

I had a Milwaukee and had the same problem so I gave it to Crime Stopper garage sale.
I like the round ones a lot better.

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Mark

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 04:47 AM

so the miluakee is just a shitty sander to get lol

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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GMman

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 04:51 AM

You want a good one get this one DeWalt 3A Random Orbit Sander.

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Mark

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 05:00 AM

i’m not a fan of orbits….you gotta buy the pads themselves separate from normal sandpaper sheets

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grizzman

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 07:14 AM

just use the sheets with adhesive on the back..put a pice of cork on the back and go it that way

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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grizzman

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 07:16 AM

or throw it away or use it for …well you can figure it out…they work well for back scrtachers…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Sawkerf

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 07:21 AM

I used similar sanders for years with varying degrees of success, but bought a Ryobi “Corner Cat” a few years ago and haven’t used another brand since. I go thru one about every 18 – 24 months, but at ~$30 a pop, just consider them to be a consumable item, and replace them when they give up the ghost.

I use a 5” DeWalt ROS for heavier sanding jobs, and finish up with the Ryobi.

I loaned my Makita belt sander to my SIL a couple of years ago and he still has it. I don’t even miss it. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build character...................it reveals it.

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patron

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 07:49 AM

in the boat yards ,
we used the whole sheet at once ,
cut it down to quarters ,
and load all 4 at once .
then just tear of 1 at a time as they become worn
don’t undo each sheet ,
tear it off , leaving the tabs to hold the rest tight .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dyidawg

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#9 posted 03-09-2010 07:52 AM

Go Ridgid.

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 03-09-2010 08:17 AM

Milwaukee Ros is my choice pf sanders/

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 08:30 AM

I have been using Makita sanders for years with not one complaint.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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Bob Kollman

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#12 posted 03-09-2010 08:34 AM

My porter cable orbital works great. But I rember wood magazine rated the ridgid as the
fastest for material removal…Also editors choice.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#13 posted 03-09-2010 02:33 PM

I converted my sanders over to hook and loop, just install sticky backed hook paper and slap on the loop sand paper. Easy to use and easy to change – no more clamps. Don’t forget to punch out your dust collection holes.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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richgreer

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#14 posted 03-09-2010 02:49 PM

It’s a Bosch ROS for me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Mario

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#15 posted 03-09-2010 04:33 PM

I have the DeWalt and Milwauke and alway find myself grabing the DeWalt first.

-- Hope Never fails

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MisterT

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#16 posted 03-09-2010 05:07 PM

I have had my Makita pad sander for over 25 years and it hasn’t failed me yet. What I like most about the Makita is lack of vibration when sanding freehand with no support for the project but my hand grip. I have a Craftsman and Ryobi at hand but only use them for moderate and heavy duty sanding. I suspect that the Makita pad sanders purchased today would not be as vibration free as the one I own.

Bill

-- Tutchsky

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Mark

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#17 posted 03-09-2010 05:39 PM

I love all your most preferreds and ideas but patron take the cake on this. I was reading the manual to my miluakee palm sander last night and it was saying “load many sheets at one time” and maybe that is the reason one sheet slides out…maybe its made for multiple sheets. So I’ll take a whack at it today and let y’all know.

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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Andrew

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#18 posted 03-09-2010 06:00 PM

I like David’ s idea, I was thinking you could adhere a thin peice of cardboard to the top side of the edge, where the clamps come down, therefore tightening the system, his idea is good though. I have an old Craftsman, that fell on the floor and broke the clamp off, so I use the self adhesive sandpaper on that model, haven’t used it in 2 years.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#19 posted 03-09-2010 06:10 PM

I’m thinking orbital sanders have all but made what we used to call buffers obsolete. You wont hardly see them in professional shops except perhaps for sanding lacquer sealer inside of cabinets and such.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Mark

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#20 posted 03-09-2010 10:19 PM

so ya i tried the method of putting multiple sheets in the sander….failed…it still sucks…its heading off to cash converters lol

-- My purpose in life: Making sawdust

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patron

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#21 posted 03-09-2010 10:33 PM

sorry mark ,

some of those sanders have weak springs ,
i hated the ones that had a little paint can opener type wrench .
i went to da’s years ago ,
psa , don’t like hook and loop .

the law of averages dictates that sooner or later ,
everything will either ,
a- work
b- fail

and if a monkey can write Shakespeare ,
then a moron can design tools .

the perfect tool ,
lasts until you use it .

and as long as we keep looking for a deal ,

monkeys will keep writing !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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