|Forum topic by Whiskers||posted 12-02-2013 02:34 AM||630 views||0 times favorited||0 replies|
12-02-2013 02:34 AM
Friday the nice old postal lady delivered a new PC7346SP sander to me. Seems like a really nice tool and I think it will be very useful when I find supplies for it. I have a little jitterbug sander that has done me well for 30+ years, but the pad nearly is worn out, and not sure if I can find a replacement pad, and of course it cant polish. This thing is supposed to do anything from detailing and painting cars to refinishing floors. So far though all the supplies I have found are exorbitantly priced. $1.50 per sanding disk? get freaking real! I am not sanding diamonds. I bought this thing for 2 main purposes.
The first and main purpose is I have a lot of tools with cast iron table tops, and frankly it a pain to periodically clean, and wax them. It takes a lot of elbow grease and time to buff out the Johnson paste wax on all my tools. I figured with some kind of nice soft wool bonnet I could use a rag to slap a coat on everything every other week or so and than follow with the PC and in half a hour or so everything would have a nice shiny coat on it. The polishing pad that comes with it though is not something that is exactly replaceable, and definitely not something that would be cheap to replace. It is more suitable for polishing with some kind of compound for removing scratches etc than for buffing to be precise. A lot of my tools could actually use that, and I would appreciate recommendations on a good polishing compound for cast iron to bring the mirror finish back to my tops.
The 2nd use is of course for sanding. The included fixture for sanding uses PSA sandpaper, but I am not married to that concept if in the long run there is a cheaper or better way. While it would be nice to be able to use this sander for everything in the world, the main job I foresee in the near future is I have this big deck that I need to paint this spring, So I need discs that are super cheap, rough, and industrial not furniture grade. The idea is just to strip ugly mildew and flaking paint so a new coat of paint will stick nicely. My little jitterbug sander is nowhere near powerful enough to handle this task.
For fine furniture work, I am kind of old fashioned, like my father, I believe hand sanding is the only way to go, but I do a lot of sanding and making things that are not considered fine furniture. The jitterbug has been great for that, but I hope this new one takes over many of the jobs I have used it for in the past. PSA disks would work fine, I just need to find a reasonable source for them. I know there is also a hook and loop type attachment method, but I cant imagine how that works for sandpaper, the wool bonnet I understand it working. There is also a Velcro method of attaching disks, but that seems like it would be more expensive than PSA