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Forum topic by gfadvm posted 10-09-2011 05:15 AM 2017 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-09-2011 05:15 AM

Is there a significant difference in quality between brands of sanding rolls? What’s the difference between alum oxide and alum zirconia? What type/ brands do you folks use (and why). Its time to reorder and I thought some research was in order. I do the bulk rolls, not the precut strips (much more economical). Thanks for any input.

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 06:55 AM

I have used the aluminum oxide rolls for a couple of years and have been very happy with them. I have not used the aluminum zirconia.
I buy mine from Industrial Abrasives and get the 3” x 52 yard rolls.

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 01:45 PM

I haven’t tried them all, but of the ones I’ve used (Delta OEM, Woodworker’s Supply bulk roll, and Klingspor bulk roll) I like the ones from WWS the best. Seem to cut faster/cleaner, and longer life. Both are better then the Delta stuff, and Klingspor is good (IMHO), just not as good as the WWS.

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 03:36 PM

I don’t know the proper names but I know the brown stuff does not last long and the blue stuff from Klingspor is great and last a long time. I buy it directly from them online and I buy it precut to fit my machine.

IMO – cutting off what you need from a bulk role is too much hassle.

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 03:35 AM

I’ve had my Jet 16/32 for about six months and can,t seem to wear out the Jet aluminum oxide rolls. I. Did get too aggressive on some cherry and burned one. Do yourself a favor and get one of those eraser type belt cleaners. They keep the belts clean and they last a lot longer.

I don’t mind spending money on quality belts and cleaning them often. I just don’t hog the thing and usually keep 120 grit on the drum.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#5 posted 10-10-2011 04:16 AM

Thanks for the comments. I do use the crepe rubber erasers on all my sanding stuff and it really does make a big difference. I use my drum sander to clean up recycled wood as well as to thickness plane woods that don’t plane well with the planer. My belts usually wear out and then tear at the connector ends where they attach to the drum but I use my Jet drum sander daily.

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