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Forum topic by AbranV posted 12-22-2011 06:28 PM 1008 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-22-2011 06:28 PM

My friends,

I hit my final straw the other day, and now I need some help.

I have been using a cordless sander for some time now with hardly any issues until recently. I’ve been sucking my batteries dry, and then have to wait for a recharge.

Time to power up. In your expert opionions, which would be the best option for a power sander. Palm sander w/hook and loop? or 1/4 sheet palm?

Thanks for your time!

-- I'd rather be making sawdust.....

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#1 posted 12-22-2011 06:46 PM

Palm sander, h&l is my favorite. Buy Festool if you can afford it. No more dust!

I have an old Porter Cable or Delta 1/4 sheet sander hasn’t moved in years…

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 06:51 PM

I really love my hook and loop sanders. I have a couple of types, and use them way more then the 1/4 sheet ones. It might be just lazyness kicking in, but I hate changing the paper on the 1/4 sheet.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 07:37 PM

My go-to sander for really hogging out the wood is a random orbit sander, with a cord, of course…...You can use anywhere from 40 grit all the way up to 320, and never change sanders…..I have 2, plus a couple of palm sanders that hardly eve gets used…..

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 10:13 PM

H&L every time.

One word of warning – If you accidentally use a H&L sander with no sand paper in place, it will only take a little while before you have to buy a new pad. I know this well.

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

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 10:19 PM

Yep the hook and loop random orbit gets my vote.

rich : my grandson did that with mine and his next weeks allowance came up short the cost of a new pad. Has not happened again.

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 10:39 PM

H & L, ROS no doubt about it.

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 10:42 PM

Ditto the above post.


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#8 posted 12-22-2011 11:07 PM

I have both an ROS and a 1/4 sheet palm sander. I have lots and lots of sheets of sand paper, but as was said, it’s a PITA to change sheets at times, especially when you’ve been using it for awhile and your fingers are vibrating.

I fixed that.

I bought a large sheet of H&L velcro and used one side of it for the sander. I glued it on with 3M #77 spray adhesive. It works pretty well that way.
I figured if it didn’t, I would try contact cement, but so far it hasn’t come loose after about 50 sheets of H&L.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 12-22-2011 11:15 PM

richgreer: I second the warning. Killed one pad myself, the other one died from a friend’s hands who borrowed it.

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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