"Jim" wrote in message
I have been given an old B&D CD400 sander, and i'm looking at buying a
mixed lot of sanding sheets, different coarseness etc.
Now i beleive this is just a simple sander that needs 1/3 paper but i
have no idea what size this needs to be as i'm trying to buy cheap from
ebay and just searching for "1/3" is just not worth it, it gives too
many hits, my sander has holes in the bottom to aid dust extraction, i
have 3 along one side 3 along the other and one at the top and one at
the bottom something on these lines
Is ebay my best bet or wickes, b&q, screwfix etc
Simply buy 'full' sheets at whatever grit size you need and cut them down to
one third. It will be cheaper than buying ready made 1/3 size sheets. You
will only require holes in them if you are applying a dust extractor to the
sander. Most of us don't bother especially for smaller jobs. If you really
do need the holes then you can buy a template to cut them.
Typically, full sheets are very nearly 9" X 11". You ought to find
therefore, your sander flat plate is approx. 1/3 of 11" wide, or about three
and two thirds inches. The length of the plate will be shorter than 9" as
the ends of the paper need to fit under the clips.
Knowing what you want now, I would guess eBay will be your cheapest option.
In giving advice it would be nice to know how you get on.