|Review by Purrmaster||posted 09-29-2013 06:35 AM||4237 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
- Gator Finishing 40 grit hook and loop sanding discs (5")
- Brand: Gator Finishing | Category: Other
Let’s get a couple of things out of the way first: Yes, I start sanding with 40 grit. Yes, this is insane.
I find myself often having to sand out screwups on my projects and the rougher the sanding grit the faster I can sand it out.
I got these discs at Lowe’s. I normally got the Shop Smith 40 grit discs but they were out of them this time. So I bought a 50 pack.
So far I’ve gone at least dozen of them over a period of several months, on different woods.
There’s nothing really wrong with these discs. But they don’t impress either. They leave a uniform 40 grit sanded surface. And the holes line up nicely with my sander. The backing sticks to my random orbital sander just fine.
But they don’t cut as fast or last as long as the Shop Smith discs I’ve also used. I can usually get 1.5 to 2 times the usable life out of a 40 grit Shop Smith disc as I can with these. Inspection leads me to believe that the abrasive doesn’t adhere as well or as long to these discs.
On the positive side, they are reasonably inexpensive. And I’ve had a hard time finding sanding discs below 60 grit. And they are light years beyond the Harbor Freight sanding discs.
If you can get a somewhat higher quality 40 grit disc you may want to spring for that instead of this brand. But if this is all you can find they do work. Just not as well as I’d like.
P.S. On the other hand I have found the Gator garnet sanding paper to be quite good.