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Forum topic by sweets posted 12-14-2010 09:22 PM 1340 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2010 09:22 PM

I have a Makita ROS (hook and loop) and it isn’t holding the paper. I’ve tried multiple sanding discs and tried cleaning the surface of the sander that attaches to the disc. It happened all of a sudden; it was working fine earlier in the day. Any suggestions?

-- Lee ---- South Louisiana

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 09:29 PM

The “hooks” on your pad are probably shot. I usually have to change out my Dewalt pads every couple years. If you “sand” one time without paper on the disc it will destroy the hooks very quickly. Been there, done
They’re usually easy to change, just a few screws.

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 09:30 PM

You most likely need to replace the sanding platten because it sounds like the “hooks” have failed.

This could be a result of prolonged, sustained use where the heat builds up and basically melts the hooks to the point that once released from the current piece of sandpaper, they will not grab another.

Or it could be from the amount of use where the hooks have simply worn out (or off).

I had a similar problem with my DeWalt. I replaced the platten (an easy job to do) and it was better than new. You’ll probably need to get the repair part from a local tool repair dealer or you can order it on-line.

Sorry to have to tell you the bad news. Good luck!


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#3 posted 12-14-2010 09:40 PM

I had the same problem with my Makita ROS. Replaced the 8 hole, 3 screw pad, Hartville Harware had it in stock. I think it was about $25.

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#4 posted 12-14-2010 09:45 PM

What they said. I wore out a Skil sander. The difference is with the Skil, just chuck the whole sander and buy a new one! It took me a LONG time to wear it out though…

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 11:51 PM

Figured that might be the problem, but this is my first experience with a ROS; I’ve had it about a year and a half. What’s weird is it happened all of a sudden. I’ll order a new part. Thanks for your quick responses.

-- Lee ---- South Louisiana

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#6 posted 12-15-2010 12:53 AM

I’ll confirm what Gary said. If you use the sander without any paper you can wear out the hooks very quickly. This is another one of those lessons I learned the hard way.

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

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#7 posted 12-15-2010 01:21 AM <<<<<<<<<<<<< is where I got new pads for mine.

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#8 posted 12-15-2010 01:39 AM

Our Home Depot has the DeWalt pad I think may fit the Makita for about $15.


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#9 posted 12-15-2010 12:25 PM

It’s amazing how easy it is to mistakingly run one without a sanding pad too. I turned to look at one of my kids with the sander running. Only looked away for a moment. That moment, apparently, was when the pad decided to take flight from my sander. A few seconds later, when I realized the sander was not sanding, I happened to look and eventually fugure out that my sanding pad was on the other side of the shop. Those few seconds was all it took though to run the velcro hooks on the sander disk.
It was a black & decker. For $5 more than the replacement disk, I replaced the sander.


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#10 posted 12-17-2010 05:44 PM

I went get the Dewalt but the pre-drilled holes don’t line up. The Makita has four screw holes while the Dewalt has three. I could drill new holes but I’m just gonna order a new one from (thanks jim) and wait for it to come in. The pad itself is the same size though.

-- Lee ---- South Louisiana

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#11 posted 12-18-2010 07:29 AM

My Home Depot also sells Ryobi pads which have 4 screw holes. This Ryobi pad also fits my Ridgid ROS. It’s an exact perfect match and only costs about $15. I think it might also fit the Makita.

I think Rockler also sell OEM pads, but they didn’t have one to fit my Ridgid.

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#12 posted 12-20-2010 08:09 PM

Just want to confirm, definitely has OEM pads for Makita, Ridgid, and other brands. Just a heads up!

@sweets, if you have any questions about your order, feel free to send me a PM or just call. Thanks!

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