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03-03-2014 02:46 AM

So far I’ve used whatever HFT sells and then “gator power” which is what they sell at Lowes. I feel like there must be better- thoughts?

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 02:51 AM

I previously used Gator as well as what I could get on the cheap from Ace Hardware, feeling as though they weren’t the best. My latest splurge in workshop consumables was Klingspor sandpaper Take a look online for a coupon for free shipping. I bought a variety for hand sanding, wet sanding, and several clearance 5” x 8 hole discs. The sandpaper certainly cut better and lasts longer and I couldn’t be happier.

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 02:52 AM

Not sure how they compare, but this is what I am working my way through at the moment.

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 02:52 AM

Mirka Abranet, Mirka Abralon, etc.

I have a lot of Gator grit that was given to me, and as soon as it’s gone I’ll be going back to Abranet and Abralon.

Of course, that might be 2 or 3 years from now. The stuff doesn’t wear out when you want it to.

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

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 03:09 AM

I’ve tried Mirka Abranet and it has exceeded my expectations. It does a good job and holds up a very long time, in fact I’ve not yet worn out a pad.

If you do decided to try Abranet, be sure to get and use the protective pad which must be used or you will destroy the hook pad on your sander in very short order.

Good Luck!

Be Careful!


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#5 posted 03-03-2014 03:49 AM

Online Industrial Supply. You can save a decent amount, but more often than not it helps to buy in bulk. I only have to place an order every 14 – 16 months or so. They have a good selection of varying quality to suit your needs, I’ve found even their cheap sanding belts perform well.

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 10:45 AM

One more for the Mirka Abranet. I got the replacment pad for my DW sander. Loved it, and the Ahole who stole it probably loves it also.

I picked up some of those Gator Power as it was the only one the Borg had. Complete garbage.

So then I went to the Abranet. When you order 50 at a time the price drops real quick.

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 11:02 AM

Does the protective pad improve the efficacy at all?

Guys who upgraded from the gator- can you give me a rough sense, say percentage, of how much better it is so I am realistic in my expectations?

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 11:22 AM

The protective pad is save your pad. It has nothing to do with efficiency. With the Mirka the pad hooks extend somewhat into the sanding disk and will wear out much quicker causing you to replace the pad on your sander. My estimate is about 3x longer than regular pads. They don’t fill with dust if you have a vacuum hooked up. They are more expensive, but worth it IMO.

-- Bill R

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 12:31 PM

One of the things I’ve been struggling with (and this could be technique, what I am working on, the discs I am using- god knows what else_ but is that I do 90% of my sanding with the tool tilted such that I am only using the outer… 3/4 or so of the disc. I was wondering if extra padding might help the disc countour more and be more effective across its surface… Wishful thinking huh?

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#10 posted 03-03-2014 01:17 PM

I know a lot of guys don’t like tool reviews, but some time back Wood did an abrasive comparison test on 5” H&L. They had some clever way to evaluate how much wood was removed, and how long the discs kept cutting, etc. Anyway, as I recall the top brand turned out to be Klingspor; which was OK by me since that what’s I use anyway. I do intend to try the Abranet, just haven’t got around to it yet.

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#11 posted 03-03-2014 02:15 PM

Fred – The sandpaper test was what sent me to check out Klingspor. I think it was their stearated paper that got Best Overall and Best Bargain. Thus far, I have noticed that the paper works a lot better than the Gator paper that I have been using. I have a lot of the old stuff to go through before I am ready to fully switch to Klingspor paper.

Drpdrp – That does sound like a technique issue. When I first started out, I made the mistake of pushing down on the sander, or tipping the sander. That only served to create divots, unevenly wear out paper/pad, and generally take much longer. The weight of the sander alone is enough to get the sandpaper to do it’s job. Check out Marc (The Wood Whisperers) video on sanding efficiency I tried out a few of his tips and it really help make sanding less frustrating.

-- paxorion

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#12 posted 03-04-2014 02:37 AM

I use Abranet with the protective pad as recommended above and the major difference I found was the discs just last WAY WAY longer than others.

That said, Norton 3X is an excellent disc as well and I use it where a sharp edge/corner may rip the Abranet discs. It too outlasts most of the other brands of discs.

In my opinion these more expensive discs are actually money savers when you consider their longevity.

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 07:45 AM

Pax- watched it. Feel dumb now. :) But then I feel dumb most of the time.

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#14 posted 03-04-2014 07:55 AM

Drpdrp, I use klinspor too. They carry everything, so it’s one stop shopping from my home pc. As for the pad, some companies (I know Dynabrade Air sanders does) sell pads in soft, med & hard. Most machines come with the hard as a default. Some exploratory internet searching should turn up a soft pad for yours. This will help contour to your sanding surfaces if they are not flat.

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#15 posted 03-04-2014 07:56 AM

I also have to give a shout out for Indasa sandpaper. Great stuff, competitively priced. Try it, and I doubt you will be disappointed!

-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net?

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