|Forum topic by jasoncarpentry||posted 08-16-2012 03:27 PM||586 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
08-16-2012 03:27 PM
I have two 1/4-sheet hand sanders: a Makita and a Porter-Cable. Both work fine once you get the paper inserted.
My problem is w/ the Makita. Putting in new paper is a nightmare! The side levers the jaws just enough to remove the old paper. But putting in fresh sandpaper is very difficult because you’re fighting a small opening, and one of the two sides of the opening has teeth (the Porter-Cable works fine without any teeth). I’ve been able to pry the jaws apart a little more using a screwdriver (yes, I know this is a misuse of a hand tool; shoot me!). Then I “pre-fold” the end of the paper so it points up. The results? I just barely get the paper inserted past the teeth, and even then I scrape much of the skin off my poor l’il fingertips. I like the pre-cut 1/4 sheets, but I can’t fully insert them.
I’ve developed a work-around: I cram the paper in as far as I can at both ends, then insert several pieces of cardboard between the back of the sheet and the sander to give me a tight fit. Even then, the cardboard tends to work loose as the sander vibrates, and I have to shove it back in. Redneck engineering? Yep, but I live in Tennessee, so I don’t think I’ve broken any laws. I realize I can lop off one end of the pre-cut sheets, but the length implies that I should be able to fully insert the paper.
Anybody have any suggestions?
-- Jim in Tennessee