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orbital sander question about paper ???

My older sander is about to go KAPUT. I am going to but a new one and I am wondering what type of one to get one with the hook and loop or sticky back, to attach the paper with. I have the hook and loop one now and like the fact that I can switch out paper back and forth but after time the sander part (hook) has lost its hookness for lack of a better word. And this got me wondering of pro's and con's of the two. What is everyones opinion of the two types and what do ya'll prefer and why. I thought I would just ask before I bought to see if there were any arguments that may change my mind.
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I have both type, the glued pads are cheaper.
I save the cover paper and stick it back on the
pad sometimes when I need to switch paper.

I think if you brush the hook part with a stiff
brush it will help.

I also have a 1/4 sheet sander I use quiet a bit
as the paper is even cheaper for it, and I am a
cheap bas...d you know.
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My older sander is about to go KAPUT. I am going to but a new one and I am wondering what type of one to get one with the hook and loop or sticky back, to attach the paper with. I have the hook and loop one now and like the fact that I can switch out paper back and forth but after time the sander part (hook) has lost its hookness for lack of a better word. And this got me wondering of pro's and con's of the two. What is everyones opinion of the two types and what do ya'll prefer and why. I thought I would just ask before I bought to see if there were any arguments that may change my mind.

I've used both and prefer the H & L. The PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) doesn't seem to hold as well. What I do like about H & L is that I can peel off a sanding disk, and apply an abrasive pad, like a Scotchbrite®, for finishing.






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I have both and I like the h&L a lot better. I like to be able to switch back and forth. It seems to be a lot more durable also. If your pad is wore out, just get another one. They aren't that pricey, if I remember right. I usually buy the discs by the box when Hartville Hardware has their big sales.
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I'm with everyone else. The H & L is the sanders that I prefer. The convenience of the ease of paper change far outweighs any con that it could have. Personally, I don't see any cons for the H & L type sanders. You didn't mention how your sander was going kaput. If it is just the fact that the loopiness is gone, I agree with Mike, in that you should just buy a new pad for it.
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Definitely hook and loop. I'd never go back. I can go thru several grits when sanding one piece and the used discs are still as good as new in terms of putting on/taking off the sander.

I get my discs from Klingspor - 50 discs are about $13, wayyyyy cheaper than the BORGS and they're much longer lasting too. The BORGS around here carry 3M discs, which are very low rated in comparison tests.
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My 2 cents worth: I do a tremendous amount of sanding and only use sticky back. When the pad gets to where the discs wont stick to it, just clean it off with some rubbing alcahol and a paper towel.

These pieces eat alot of discs.
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well its a combination of several things that are going Kaput. the cord is in bad shape, the switch is finacky, the pad is wore out (a new one is about $25 at Lowes), and the rubber brake to keep the thing spinning at a reasonable pace is done also. so with all this it just seems like a new one is better than fixing all the small things.
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The other day, I broke my hammer, my chisel set, my ladder, my orbital sander, my quarter sheet sander, my lathe and my drill press. Funny how things happen in 7's. If the sander is in that bad of shape, then I would agree that it would be cheaper (and less of a pain in the @$$) to buy a new one.
Let us know what you decide on.
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Juniper lamp guy you do beautiful work.

I don't do a huge amount of sanding so I still like my old Craftsman dual action sander that you can clamp standard sandpaper half sheets into. They are still a lot cheaper than any of the sticky or velcro sandpaper.

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My ROS is a H & L variety and I love it. It's a nice RIDGID sander and it hooks up easily to my RIGID shop vac which cut back on most of the dust. Not all of it, but most of it. I typically buy boxes of sandpaper when Home Depot has a sale so I have a bunch of grits ranging from 60 to 220. I then use my regular 300 and 400 grit paper to do the finish work.
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Sounds like you need to replace the entire unit. I would buy a new one and go with the hook and loop. Red

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