what speed setting for what grit paper on an orbital sander?

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Forum topic by AKSteve posted 12-29-2012 05:06 PM 1937 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2012 05:06 PM

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I hope I am posting this in the right forum. I have an Orbital Sander with a variable speed setting, well in the manual it says to set the speed according to the grit on the paper but it doesn’t say what speed for what grit, I am at a loss here, I have looked every where to find out what I should be setting it at but I alas I cannot find any answers, so hopefully someone out here in LumberJock land will be able to help. thanks a million.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#1 posted 12-29-2012 05:54 PM

Ditto Katdaddy

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#2 posted 12-29-2012 05:54 PM

+1 It’s just a marketing gimmick. Grit and pressure determine how aggressive it is. Run it at top speed.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 12-29-2012 06:04 PM

Ah ha. I had a feeling that was the case! :) thanks for the answers. I usually do run at top speed.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#4 posted 12-29-2012 06:30 PM

I always run mine at top speed.

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#5 posted 12-29-2012 06:56 PM

I found the speed where it felt the smoothest and it’s been more-or-less set there since the day I bought it.

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 03:44 AM

For sanding wood, max the speed. The slower speeds are for other jobs.

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 04:44 AM

it makes for interesting wide results when manuals recommend one thing and the crowds roar another, all of which gain little then the sweet reward of finding honey where bees hang out and getting stung a gazillion times

instant gratification is short lived.

honestly, sharpen your block plane and skip the sanding BS

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 04:50 AM

why do so many people think they can wrap sanding into a machine, likes its some kinda clothes dryer, where you throw the clothes in and they come out clean?

woodworking is “dirty”

it is similar to everything that isnt easy, and remind you of everything you “suck” at

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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