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Aug 21st, 2016 at 9:55pm
 
Anybody have suggestions for a good  air sander setup?  I'm looking to sand my bowls or other work with a pneumatic sander.   Preferably Roloc 2" discs.   I've read and viewed turners using sanders to finish work while lathe turns at slow speeds.   Is it better to have a orbital or fixed mandrel in a chuck?  I am also looking for good discs in varying grits without paying a ton.   I've seen Sorby sander discs on amazon but they are pricey for a 10 pack of each grit.  Mostly I just want to know if I should buy orbital or grinder style tool.   Thanks in advance.
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Re: Air sander
Reply #1 - Aug 22nd, 2016 at 7:55am
 
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Reply #2 - Aug 23rd, 2016 at 12:05pm
 
+1 for Vince. Blue discs are long lasting. Just do not press very hard.

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Reply #3 - Aug 23rd, 2016 at 12:15pm
 
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Re: Air sander
Reply #4 - Aug 23rd, 2016 at 2:18pm
 
Vince sells grex air sanders.

Random orbital is good for non-rotating or very slowly rotating items, and straight rotational for rotating items.

Air sanders use a lot of air and electric to air costs a lot more kilowatts than an angle drill, but is more compact.

Vince sells good discs of abrasives.

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Reply #5 - Aug 23rd, 2016 at 3:06pm
 
The air sanders are nice if you have a LARGE compressor. They are also loud, at  least the ones I have had. Their advantage is that they last almost forever if you remember to give them some oil once in a while. I have re-purposed my older cordless and electric drills for sanding- didn't like them for drilling, so if they burn out I don't care.
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Re: Air sander
Reply #6 - Aug 23rd, 2016 at 3:30pm
 
Mark Chartre wrote on Aug 21st, 2016 at 9:55pm:
Preferably Roloc 2" discs.


Mark, there are a couple of potential problem I see with using Roloc discs.
First of all there are three models, TR, TP, TS or TSM.
It's not always easy to find fine grits needed for woodworking for this stlye of disc holder.
Secondly, if you want to use Roloc, with Hook & Loop pads you'll need an interface pad, like 3M™ Hookit™ Roloc™ Disc Pad Type J
Here is a PDF that might help you decide.
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Reply #7 - Aug 24th, 2016 at 12:32pm
 
Can you turn in both directions- clockwise vs counter clockwise with Roloc?

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Re: Air sander
Reply #8 - Aug 24th, 2016 at 1:00pm
 
Glenn Jacobs wrote on Aug 24th, 2016 at 12:32pm:
Can you turn in both directions- clockwise vs counter clockwise with Roloc?


in a word, NO
They are a twist-on, twist-off fastening system, any resistance in the opposite direction and the unscrew (twist-off)
Heck, sometimes the pads come off turning in the proper direction.
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