Random Orbit Sanding Pads - Are they interchangeable?

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Forum topic by Keen1 posted 08-02-2010 05:45 PM 1783 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2010 05:45 PM

I’ve got a Bosch 3107DVS that needs a new sanding pad. Local big box store has a Porter Cable 5” pad. Any idea if it would fit my Bosch. Trying to get a project finished up quickly and don’t have time to order.

-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 06:12 PM

Probably not interchangable but you can take your old one off and take it to the Big Box store to check and see-if the hook and loop part is what is worn out, as was mine, you can buy a replacement that just glues on—I did that several years ago for my Craftsman and Black and Decker—works like a dream-I’d try that first if that is your problem—

-- Tony --

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 06:17 PM

I need to thank beetlefan for his comment. A few months ago I did some sanding with my ROS without any sandpaper attached. After a while I finally noticed that I was producing no dust and I was making black marks on the wood. When I realized my mistake, the H&L pad was destroyed. I was in a hurry to complete a project and I ran out and bought a new ROS. Now I know how I can easily fix the old one.

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

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 06:27 PM

If it’s just the hook and loop and borg doesn’t have any, try a fabric or craft store. They have adhesive backed velcro. You’ll have to cut the dust collection holes, but that’s cheaper than a new sander.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 07:05 PM

Ok I have to confess…..oh this is hard…..I actually bought the velco replacement pad, sanded my existing pad down flat, glued on the replacement hook portion…...Glued it on good too….spread that contact cement evenly over the entire pad….set it face down with some weight on top and let it cure to make sure it stayed there…..only did one thing wrong….I GLUED THE WRONG SIDE DOWN!!!! I started trying to get it off and peices of the pad are coming off with it. Looks like I’ll be ordering a new one, in the meantime though the adhesive paper may be an option.


-- Dad to 5, Son of The One

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 07:32 PM

i was surprised to see how relatively cheap new pads are. over here they cost about $8, but i could only find soft type pads, someone on the forum once told he changed to a hard pad and that it sands much more agressively.

btw it’s probably not going to be compatible, Bosch has specific pads that aren’t interchangable even with other Bosch sanders with the same pad size.

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 07:47 PM

So – why not just sand it down again, and start over.

-- Joe

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#7 posted 08-03-2010 03:26 PM

The paper that they sell at the borg probably has holes spaced so it fits either 5 hole or 8 hole pads. It should work with the Bosch.

-- Steve

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#8 posted 08-03-2010 04:10 PM

you’re welcome Rich—the great thing about this site is that if you have a problem at least one of us has been there and done that—ha,ha
Also, Thanks KayBee—I am guessing that if you are in a bind you could use strips of the velcro to hold paper on until you can finish the project and fix the sander the right way—I have some of those velcro strips and had never thought of that—thanks

-- Tony --

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