|Review by lumberjoe||posted 06-05-2012 01:29 PM||5424 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
Since I have been doing a lot of projects lately, I got tired of running out of sandpaper when I needed it. I went to my local woodcraft to buy some bulk packs. I saw the Klingspor brand at a pretty god price for a box of 25 (around 11.00 for 5” hook and loop) and decided to take a chance. I previously used the Diablo hook and loop paper with a moderate level of satisfaction. I run my sander attached to a vacuum to keep the dust down and keep the paper somewhat clean. The Freud paper’s abrasive side tends to last a long time, but the hook and loop backing is crap. I can maybe get 3 to 4 removal and re-applications before it fails to stick anymore, and I blow off the sander and the paper with high pressure air before every application.
The Klingspor paper is awesome and unless someone can point me in another direction, I won’t be using anything else. The abrasive also lasts a very long time. It cuts very smooth. More impressive is the holding power of the hook and loop backing. It takes two hands to remove this from the sanding pad. It still holds exceptionally well even long after the abrasive side is worn out. It produces very smooth finishes and does not require a lot of downward pressure on the ROS to remove material. I really like that I can take it easy on the sander and reduce the chances of scratch marks by not applying so much pressure that the random orbit cannot do it’s thing. It is also not overly aggressive as I find the Freud paper to be. The Freud 80 grit behaves more like 50 and if you are not careful will dig deep enough to warrant another trip through the planer. I’ve also found the Freud 220 grit, when fresh out of the package, behaves a lot more like 150.
The Klingspor 80 grit has just enough bite to erase the nasty planer marks that my saw mills planer leaves without gouging into the wood and leaving cups.
Also the Klingspor is available in a wide range of grits. From 60 to 400 at my local woodcraft, and I have a box of each one.
I am extremely satisfied with this paper and would recommend it to anyone.