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Forum topic by Purrmaster posted 09-11-2014 11:18 AM 3269 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Purrmaster

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09-11-2014 11:18 AM

I went to Home Depot the other day to get sandpaper and was surprised to see their entire sandpaper line up had changed. They usually carried Norton products like Norton 3X. Now all the Norton stuff is gone and 3M is in its place. The “brand” of sandpaper was 3M “precision pro.” I’ve never seen it before. Though I suspect it’s the same as the 3M “Sandblaster” with different colors.

Oh, and they had a couple of grits of 3M garnet sandpaper as well.

Has this happened to anyone else? Am I behind the curve? I was quite surprised. I’m trying out the 3M paper now to see what I think of it.


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Bill White

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 02:02 PM

HD and Lowe’s are in a constant battle over who has what line of anything. Remember the clamp deal not too long ago? Kinda like WalMart. Just when ya think that ya know where somethin’ is located, they reset the store.
3M just made HD a better deal than what they had from Norton.
Bill

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 02:35 PM

All I could find yesterday at HD was Diablo sandpaper.

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 02:38 PM

I suspect that they are trying their best to keep from raising prices, so they went with a cheaper supplier. I don’t know what the quality is like, but I have my suspicions.

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 11:17 PM

I was wondering if it was a price thing as well. But 3M sandpaper costs pretty much the same as Norton. And 3M does make quality stuff. Maybe 3M gave Home Depot a whack of cash to carry their products. I think having Norton stuff kicked out of Home Depot would be a rather big blow to Norton.

Lowe’s appears to have an exclusive type of 3M sandpaper called Sandblaster Advanced or some such. It appears you can only get it at Lowe’s. It is slightly different than their other stearated papers in that the backing appears to be slightly thicker.

So far I’m familiar with three brands of 3M stearated, open coat papers: Sandblaster. Which I can find at Fred Meyer and Ace Hardware (sometimes). Sandblaster Advanced, which is exclusive to Lowe’s, and this new “Precision Pro” stuff at Home Depot.

I’m still not sure what the difference between the three is supposed to be. The most obvious difference is color of the papers. For example, in 60 grit, regular Sandblaster is green. The Advanced version from Lowe’s is brown. The new Home Depot stuff is reddish purple. All have sticky back paper (which I love). The Advanced stuff from Lowe’s lasts a little longer than the others, but not substantially.

Why in heaven’s name do we need three lines of 3M sandpaper? And there are probably a dozen more in the professional market. Ideas?

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 11:47 PM

It’s very likely that the actual sandpaper is the same between Advanced and Precision Pro, but differs only in color and packaging.

The mattress industry is famous for having different labels for different retailers all for essentially the same mattress, which differs only in name and inessential things like the fabric designs. It makes comparison shopping very difficult, and allows the mattress retailers to set prices based on margins rather than competition.

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 11:53 PM

Just go to Klingspor better quality & pricing

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Purrmaster

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#7 posted 09-12-2014 02:10 AM

I’ve used some of the Klingspor stuff and it’s fine. But if I need to snag some sheets and discs it’s a lot easier to just run down to a store and snag whatever they’ve got.

I noticed something else today. The Home Depot near me used to carry mostly if not exclusively Irwin clamps. They also carried a small Irwin Marples Japanese style pull saw that I love. I’ve probably gone through a dozen of the things. That saw isn’t there anymore. The closest equivalent was a DeWalt pull saw.

I wonder if they’re changing suppliers for a bunch of their products. I did notice they still carry only Diablo sanding discs and belts.

I hope they don’t stop carrying Titebond glue and Diablo saw blades.

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#8 posted 09-12-2014 02:30 AM

Isn’t it great that we are victim to ‘Big-Box Bean Counters’ who purchase only by price?

I will no longer subscribe to this system. I have determined I will only purchase those product that have been proven to enhance my work. I will no longer purchase just what the ‘Big Box’ store is trying to sell.

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#9 posted 09-12-2014 02:36 AM



Isn t it great that we are victim to Big-Box Bean Counters who purchase only by price?

I will no longer subscribe to this system. I have determined I will only purchase those product that have been proven to enhance my work. I will no longer purchase just what the Big Box store is trying to sell.

- rustfever

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Purrmaster

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#10 posted 09-12-2014 12:10 PM

Thankfully they didn’t switch to some crap brand of sandpaper. 3M makes good stuff. I’ve used some truly awful sandpaper though. Harbor Freight’s paper is awful (though their sanding sponges are ok). I haven’t liked the red colored “Gator Grit” paper, though their garnet paper is ok.

The new 3M paper seems to clog up a bit more than Norton 3X. Though it may just be that I’m noticing it more because the sanding dust shows up more on red paper than white colored grains of the Norton papers.

The change must be a lot of stores if not all. I couldn’t even find Norton or Irwin products on their web site anymore. That’s got be a hell of a blow to those companies.

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#11 posted 09-12-2014 01:31 PM


I ve used some of the Klingspor stuff and it s fine. But if I need to snag some sheets and discs it s a lot easier to just run down to a store and snag whatever they ve got.

I noticed something else today. The Home Depot near me used to carry mostly if not exclusively Irwin clamps. They also carried a small Irwin Marples Japanese style pull saw that I love. I ve probably gone through a dozen of the things. That saw isn t there anymore. The closest equivalent was a DeWalt pull saw.

I wonder if they re changing suppliers for a bunch of their products. I did notice they still carry only Diablo sanding discs and belts.

I hope they don t stop carrying Titebond glue and Diablo saw blades.

- Purrmaster

More fallout from the brand swapping upheaval. I would be very shocked if Home Depot stopped stocking Titebond (who would they possibly go to???) or Diablo (keeping Freud as the manufacturer…lets hope that doesn’t change like with their Avanti line)

-- paxorion

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#12 posted 09-12-2014 06:23 PM

3M is good, Klingspor is very good, Norton is great; although Klingspor has a heavier backing paper which is nice. I keep wanting to try Abranet but haven’t taken that plunge.

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pmtottawa

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#13 posted 09-12-2014 06:42 PM

our local HD here in Ottawa Canada still carries the full line of Norton sandpaper and sanding blocks.

So know this, should I be stocking up before our supply changes over as well.

pMT

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Mainiac Matt

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#14 posted 09-12-2014 06:53 PM

around these parts HD is stocking only the red Diablo branded sand paper for 5” disks

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Purrmaster

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#15 posted 09-14-2014 05:32 AM

The only sanding discs I’ve seen at Home Depot has been the Diablo ones for a long time. I guess they’re not changing that.

I don’t suppose anyone knows why they’ve made this change? I checked the news sources and didn’t see any kind of announcement from 3M or Home Depot. I would have thought 3M would be trumpeting their triumph.

After using the 3M paper more I still think it needs more stearate. Other than that, it’s fine.

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