LumberJocks

The death of a dear friend. Or is it

  • Advertise with us

« back to Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories forum

Forum topic by richardchaos posted 06-01-2017 08:34 PM 846 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View richardchaos's profile

richardchaos

583 posts in 579 days


06-01-2017 08:34 PM

Out of all the tools in my arsenal, the most hours I have ever put on a tool is my deWalt 1/4 sheet Orbital Finish Sander SEE PIC

So last week the BLACK FOAM PAD that backs up the sand paper. has worn through and the 4 screws that support it were coming throughout the sand paper… Before i tossed my ole friend in the trash can. I went to Hobby Lobby and got a sheet of FOAM RUBBER. I did not take off the old black foam that was factory issue i just put some spray tack on the back of the hobby lobby foam and stuck it to the desalt black foam which is very thin now.

It was working great for a day.. Now the machine is getting very loud and wants to pull off in one direction when using it? It never diid this before I added the new foam????? I DID not punch holes in the FOAM where it would suck up dust as I don’t care about that. Could it of over heated> Its does feel hot?
ALSO i would consider replacing with wa ROS if thats the way to go?

Any clues or suggestions before i have to replace it?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell


7 replies so far

View Woodknack's profile

Woodknack

12430 posts in 2579 days


#1 posted 06-01-2017 08:51 PM

Punch holes in the foam and see if the problem goes away.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

View Kazooman's profile

Kazooman

1237 posts in 2151 days


#2 posted 06-01-2017 09:37 PM

Punch all the holes you want. Then replace it. You will be very pleased with the superior performance of a good ROS in virtually every category. Keep the current sander for those occasions where it will really shine such as getting into a corner.

A good rule of thumb is “one can never own enough tools”. Treat yourself to a good quality ROS.

View Rich's profile

Rich

3877 posts in 789 days


#3 posted 06-01-2017 09:39 PM

You can buy a replacement plate online. I see several, but you’d need to look for yourself to find the one that matches. Since you’re considering it, a good ROS will give you better performance. Your 1/4 sheet is good to have around even with a ROS for getting into corners.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

View richardchaos's profile

richardchaos

583 posts in 579 days


#4 posted 06-02-2017 12:08 PM

Well Home CHeapo had a sale on these and their ROS… the ROS was only $10 more so I got it. MY biggest issue wit the ROS is the costs of replacement PAPER. With my old sander the paper was almost nothing. But its does seem to do a great job. Just got to keep the paper CLEAR and not busts holes in it!

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

View Tennessee's profile

Tennessee

2893 posts in 2714 days


#5 posted 06-02-2017 12:17 PM

You will find that there are great manufacturers of ROS discs out there. These discs last SOOO much longer than a typical 1/4 sq. of paper, or the crappy bright red ones sold at Home Depot.

I have been using two brands mostly. Mirka, a Stearate paper which for instance I can get 50 discs for about $19 on Amazon, and the blue discs that Klingspor sells, AZ-Plus I believe they call them. Great life span, and often my rougher grits I use the AZ-Plus.

I put my last square orbital sander in a garage sale years and years ago.
When you look at the tiny swirl patterns these leave, compared to the smooth, patternless sanding that a ROS leaves, you will never go back.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

View richardchaos's profile

richardchaos

583 posts in 579 days


#6 posted 06-03-2017 08:05 PM

I have been using my DeWalt ROS. Its is a lot more aggressive than my old 1/4 sheet sander, thats a lis for the most part. I have noticed the disc gets clogged a lot easier than my old 1/4 sheet on the exact same Water Poly finish that it never got clogged on.


You will find that there are great manufacturers of ROS discs out there. These discs last SOOO much longer than a typical 1/4 sq. of paper, or the crappy bright red ones sold at Home Depot.

I have been using two brands mostly. Mirka, a Stearate paper which for instance I can get 50 discs for about $19 on Amazon, and the blue discs that Klingspor sells, AZ-Plus I believe they call them. Great life span, and often my rougher grits I use the AZ-Plus.

I put my last square orbital sander in a garage sale years and years ago.
When you look at the tiny swirl patterns these leave, compared to the smooth, patternless sanding that a ROS leaves, you will never go back.

- Tennessee

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

View Kazooman's profile

Kazooman

1237 posts in 2151 days


#7 posted 06-03-2017 10:10 PM

The ROS will be more aggressive. Perhaps that is why it seems to be clogging faster. It is actually removing more material. It sounds like you are using it to smooth between coats of finish. You would want to be going very easy at that task or you will sand through the finish. Also, are you just using the bag for dust collection or have you hooked the sander up to a shop vac. Buy one of the flexible hoses made for this. You will be much happier with good dust collection and it will go a long way to reducing or eliminating clogging. You may need to fabricate some home-made connectors to allow you to do this. My shop vac has a conical nozzle and I can just ram this into the fitting on the hose and it works great.

At any rate. You just need to become acquainted with your new sander. First, do not apply a lot of pressure on the sander. A light touch that allows the sander to do the work and it will result in the best finish. Second, (I hope you have variable speed) slow the sander down for a job when it seems too aggressive. For example, I use my ROS for final sanding of end grain cutting boards. The surface has been through my drum sander that leaves some marks and the sides have been through the router table to round over the edges or make a bullnose. The flat surface is best done with full speed, but a light touch. I can do the edges of the board by hand sweeping the sander in an arc across the profile, but I have to dial the speed WAY back or I will end up with flat spots. At a slow speed I can control the aggressiveness and generate a very nice surface easily.

Other posters have addressed the cost issue. I agree that you will want to go with sources like Klingspor to get the best prices.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com