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What Kind of sander

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Marty Scher

03-09-2012 17:55:02

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I have never purchased a sander, the cheap electric rectangular orital (that has the sheet clips - that don't hold) I got free, 30 years ago.

I will be restoring a Ford 4500 and would like a decent electric sander, for under $75, or so.

There supposed to be pros cons for velcro vs clip, but looking for real world experiences.

Any input appreciated.

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03-13-2012 03:44:50

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 Re: What Kind of sander in reply to Marty Scher, 03-09-2012 17:55:02  
for body work using filler, an air file and a d/a would be your best choice. however, if your on a budget, a good orbital type electric sander would get you by. for major filler work ie "bondo" pick up a long board manual sanding block. you will need to level the filler with 36 grit, then a second thin filler application, hit it with 80 grit on the long board to check for any high spots, then use a small hand block for final shaping. after that, use 120, 220, then 320 on the electric orbital for final finishing before priming and painting. a sure form cheese grater is also handy to shape the initial filler application. work the filler right after it sets up before it gets hard as concrete, its a lot quicker to sand.

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03-12-2012 10:43:30

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 Re: What Kind of sander in reply to Marty Scher, 03-09-2012 17:55:02  
If you do not have enough air, get an electric orbital jig. There are some decent ones out there for $75.00 or so. I bought a new Dewalt at a pawn shop for $40.00. May be something you want to look into.

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03-12-2012 09:18:30

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 Re: What Kind of sander in reply to Marty Scher, 03-09-2012 17:55:02  
The pros use 5.5-6" DA (dual action) air sanders. How big is your compressor. I have a nice Craftsmn DA sander gathering dust in the shop. $30 plus shipping and you own it. Email open

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03-12-2012 16:14:47

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 Re: What Kind of sander in reply to GordoSD, 03-12-2012 09:18:30  
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Will an electric RO do about the same job?

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Rod (NH)

03-13-2012 04:15:38

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 Re: What Kind of sander in reply to sflem849, 03-12-2012 16:14:47  
Yes. I have both a DA and a Porter Cable RO sander. I haven't used the DA in years and probably never will again. If you're not in the business, go with the electric and save the compressed air for other things.

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03-10-2012 05:33:59

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 Re: What Kind of sander in reply to Marty Scher, 03-09-2012 17:55:02  
I agree with the above. Those rectangular (or square) pad sanders from 20 years ago are hopeless obsolete compared to today's random orbital sanders.

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03-09-2012 18:51:01

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 Re: What Kind of sander in reply to Tom in Iowa City, 03-09-2012 17:55:02  
If your going to buy a orbital sander i would recommend you spend the money and get a good one. I bought a Dewalt 6" variable speed orbital sander for around $120-$150 (cant remember) and I wouldnt be without it. It makes quick work of taking paint off, smoothing filler, or various wood work applications. I use my sheet sander once in a while for fine wood work. I have been using my Dewalt for years and it has not skipped a beat! You could always go with a Harbor Freight sander to save some cash but you may only get a couple "big" jobs out of it before you begin having problems.

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