1/3 sheet sander

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Forum topic by BubingaBill posted 10-29-2013 09:02 PM 1636 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-29-2013 09:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander sanding question

I’m hoping I haven’t made a mistake.
Last week my 1+ year old Craftsman 1/3 sheet sander burned up. I went to all the local stores and could only find 1/4 sheet sanders or ones requiring “their” sandpaper. After reading allot of bad reviews on most of them I decided to stick with a 1/3 sheet sander. It’s the size I am used to but I refuse to buy another Craftsman! I don’t have much money so getting something like a Festool is way out of the question. I tried to do my homework but the longer I search the longer it will be before I get back to work.
I’m not a fan of velcro or adhesive backed sandpaper. I would rather cut mine from a sheet.
Yesterday I ordered a Makita BO3710.
I’m not boasting but rather hoping an LJ out there has one and can give me the real scoop on it.

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 12:42 AM

BubingaBill, I have the older Makita BO3700 and it works great. My old 1/3 sheet sander burned out and I went through two other sanders before finally ordering the B03700 and have not regretted it. I just got used to the feel of the 1/3 sheet sander and the ability to cut my own sheets instead of buying specific discs. I believe the big difference in the 1/3 sanders is the RPMs, the older B03700 is 10,000 and the B03710 is 11,000 RPMs. Some of the cheaper sanders only have 7,000 or so RPMs. You should be happy with this model compared to the craftsman.

-- Bob, Abilene Texas

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 03:25 AM

I’m not trying to be snooty here, but am just curious.

I used to have a little 1/4 sheet palm sander and a 1/3 sheet linear or orbital selectable sander, and a small 3” x 18” belt sander. For years I thought I had all the bases covered.

When my 1/3 sheet sander died, I couldn’t find a replacement so I tried a 5” ROS. Wow! I couldn’t believe I had been missing out on a machine that could work so well. I would never ever consider using a 1/3 sheet sander again. The ROS even replaces the belt.

Then I discovered Abranet sanding disks for the ROS and that’s has got to be the best thing that has ever happened to sanding. Fast, clean, no dust, and the disks last forever.

Have you ever tried these? You owe it to yourself to at least try these products. Really.

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 03:07 PM

+1 on Abranet disks.

PS: Don’t forget to buy and use the Abranet Protective Pad. If you fail to use this, the hooks on your sander’s pad will push through the actual sanding mesh and will get sanded off, which will ruin the Velcro pad. The protective pad prevents this problem.

Good luck!

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 03:23 PM

Thank you for the feedback. I’m hoping I receive the sander by Friday. My father and brother both make furniture and I will have to check with them to see what they use. Unfortunately they are the only one’s I know that do any serous wood work.
Thanks again.

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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