Sanding Discs, An Accidental Review.


gee-dub

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I've used both the 3M products happily and haven't see the difference between the two with regards to the hook and loop you mention, but way too many variables for me to even guess why. I also use the Cubitron sheets for hand sanding. Agree about the Xtract and dust collection - it was my goto for removing old finish. Both are amazingly better than the cheapo stuff I had been using.

I have not tried the Mirka but will next time I get the chance based on your review.

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I feel like 3M is a company that I can always depend on.  I use quite a number of different 3M products and have never been anything but completely pleased with any of them, not only in woodworking but also marine and automotive plus even golf.

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@curlyoak - I have a bunch of those.  They are great.  They are my "Ford F-150", "Vaughn Framing Hammer" abrasive.  Solid quality, reliable, long lasting consistent scratch pattern . . . AND . . . they go on sale about once a year at a price good enough for me to buy in a quantity that last until the next sale ;-)

To me abrasives are a lot like other 'cutters'.  There is price and there is cost.  Some things I like a 'cheaper version' of.  Sandpaper and saw blades; not so much. 

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@Chestnut - I don't know about the "wrong" stuff but the obvious difference when you find the one that works for you is noticeable.  I buy abrasives wherever happens to have the best deal at the time.  The last batch of 6" Xtract I picked up was at Amazon amazingly enough.  I usually draw the line at 50 cents each but prefer less :rolleyes:.  There are often promotional packs of different grits for a good price if you are connected to any of the usual suppliers via email.

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On 5/14/2024 at 10:13 AM, gee-dub said:

@Chestnut - I don't know about the "wrong" stuff but the obvious difference when you find the one that works for you is noticeable.  I buy abrasives wherever happens to have the best deal at the time.  The last batch of 6" Xtract I picked up was at Amazon amazingly enough.  I usually draw the line at 50 cents each but prefer less :rolleyes:.  There are often promotional packs of different grits for a good price if you are connected to any of the usual suppliers via email.

$0.50 per disc so $25.00 per box of 50? Holy that's a deal everywhere i see it's closer to $1.00 a disc.

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There are several out there that many would be satisfied with. Klingspor is a very common disc. They all have something woodworkers will like. I have VSM boxes here that  are $55 a box. For a budget stilck with Klingspor. If your happy to Spend more, buy3M or Mirka..Surfprep is another great brand. Much better than Klingspor.

 

its really hard to do a review of sanding discs unless you have all the sanding discs..

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