Sanding Disks Slip Off Orbital Sander

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Old 06-20-20, 08:08 AM
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Sanding Disks Slip Off Orbital Sander

A few years ago I bought a Craftsman orbital sander for around $40. I find it hard to prevent the back of the sanding disks from wearing out so quickly. I use Bosch sanding disks and have purchased some extra blocks (the part the sanding disks stick to). I use light pressure on the sander, but after several minutes the disks begin to slip and then eventually slide off.

What am I doing wrong?
 
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Old 06-20-20, 08:18 AM
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If your sander has the Velcro type attachment the velcro pad (hook side) on the sander does wear out. The only way I know how to fix it is to get a new pad on your sander.
 
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That's what I thought. IMO, those little orbital sanders aren't worth the ink on their packaging. And the old style in-line sanders are all but gone. It's utterly amazing what people these days think are useful tools. I have seen one brand but it costs over $200, or $150 more than I paid for my in-line/orbital sander 45 years ago.
 
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What are you doing wrong? Probably pushing on the sander too hard. All you should do with your hand is move it around. If you bear down on it you create heat and friction. If you try to sand latex paint with it, you create heat and friction. It's those two things that ruin the hooks on your pad.
 
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A new sanding pad is often not that expensive to replace.
 
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