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    Orbital Sanding Discs

    i've run low on sanding discs for my 5" sander. I usually just grab what's at the local big box store, Diablo or Norton, etc. I was looking at Klingspor and see they have 3 different discs. Aluminum Oxide, AZ-Plus Alumina Zirconia and something they call greentec.

    The Aluminum Oxide I am sure is pretty much like Norton's discs. Anyone use the other two options and is it worth the cost factor?
    Distraction could lead to dismemberment!

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    Don't know about Klingspor, but Diablo mesh discs are amazing. Try a few. Sometimes they add a few to the regular disc pkgs.
    Jerry

    "It is better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation" - Herman Melville

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    Try supergrit.com

    Excellent customer service and great prices on just about anything relating to sanding. That's where I get all my discs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Wright View Post
    Don't know about Klingspor, but Diablo mesh discs are amazing. Try a few. Sometimes they add a few to the regular disc pkgs.
    I do use the mesh discs for 220 grit. And yes, they are amazing but shred fast so for heavy sanding at 80 through 120 i'd prefer a cloth backed disc.
    Distraction could lead to dismemberment!

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    Check out this recent test on YT:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZDCRFi8dKY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Mitchell View Post
    Check out this recent test on YT:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZDCRFi8dKY
    Its pretty good.

    Went and bought a variety pack, haven't used them yet.

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    I have talked with a few people that say the cubitron mesh is good only if you keep it flat on panels. If you roll to soften edges or pick up a corner they break up. I still like Abranet

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    After finally running out of my father's lifetime supply of 3M discs (he worked at 3M for 43 years) I started using Klingspor Sterate A/O discs. Not long after that I found a local source for Mirka Gold in 50 packs. I'd say both are quite good, at least equal or probably better than the 3M discs that I had been using. The 50 pack prices are reasonable for both.

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    I've got so I just run the Diablo Mesh Discs. I feel they last well, allow good dust collection, and are quickly obtained at my local HD if I've allowed myself to run out.

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    on a whim I got a pack of the diablo mesh in 120 grit. I am pretty pleased. The price is right and they are fairly durable. Some of the home centers have 50 packs with 10 free + a pad protector. I really like the dust collection.

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    Do yourself a favor and go to industrial abrasives and try Rhino. Home Depot/Diablo is whacking you like $0.60 a disc. You can buy 50 discs from an commercial abrasive supplier (they dont sell discs that suck) for less than $0.30 a disc... Your getting crushed buying any abrasives at the home center.
    Last edited by Mark Bolton; 12-07-2021 at 3:01 PM.
    Sometimes I just want to look at pretty pictures,... Thats when I go to the Turners Forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prashun Patel View Post
    on a whim I got a pack of the diablo mesh in 120 grit. I am pretty pleased. The price is right and they are fairly durable. Some of the home centers have 50 packs with 10 free + a pad protector. I really like the dust collection.
    What does the 50+10 pack cost? Here (and on a google search) the only thing I see is 10 packs with the pad protector = 1.50 a disc

    ** EDIT ** found them.. 50 pack is $0.50/disc
    Sometimes I just want to look at pretty pictures,... Thats when I go to the Turners Forum

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    What ever is on sale at SUpergrit. Superb customer service, they ship faster than amazon. Even if their budget discs last half the time, they're only about 1/4 - 1/10 the cost, but even their premium stuff is cheaper than you'll get anywhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Bolton View Post
    Do yourself a favor and go to industrial abrasives and try Rhino. Home Depot/Diablo is whacking you like $0.60 a disc. You can buy 50 discs from an commercial abrasive supplier (they dont sell discs that suck) for less than $0.30 a disc... Your getting crushed buying any abrasives at the home center.
    I found Rhino in Texas - will they sell to a consumer? Looks more like a business to business company. 0.30 a disc if it's quality is good.


    I did watch the video and can grab 3m xtract for about 0.40 a piece from Amazon. Not so bad if it's a great paper. I'll try some.
    Distraction could lead to dismemberment!

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    I have been happy with 16x54 belts and 5" disks from 2sand.com

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