question for others using a ROS w/H&L pad. Recently the local borg has
started carrying the norton paper with a combo set of holes to fit both 8
and 5 hole pads. Besides seeming to be a lot less sandpaper I have noticed
my H&L pad is loosing its grip. With all the extra holes in the pad I am
thinking that I have ruined the pad -- anyone else experience this, or am I
nuts ? I've tried to revive the H&L with a brash brush, but it did not help
much. Its getting to the point that the paper flys off the pad if I pick it
up off the work surface.
Now I am faced with getting the sander fixed -- a new H&L pad goes for ~$22
and with shipping comes to ~$27. Now ordinarily this would not seem odd --
except that I can get a new 333 on Amazon for ~$64, new motor plus pad for
about twice the cost of a replacement pad alone
I have a PC 5 hole and a DW 8 hole. I tried the Norton paper and won't use
it again. Not serious yet, but I think some of the hooks are clogged a bit
too. Now I keep 100 grit on one and 220 on the other. Simplifies selection.
In case you are wondering, no I did not intentionally buy two different
styles. The PC I bought first, the DW was a freebie when I bought my miter
I thought the replacement pads were more like $15, but it's been about a
year since I last bought some---
They (the pads) to wear out...a thorough cleaning w/ cleaning liquid may
help a little for a while but one the "sticky" starts to lessen they're
toast before long...
If you use much volume, I'd recommend going w/ PSA instead of H&L--much
cheaper in the long run at only a slight (imo) inconvenience. The
advantage of switching from one grit to another and back w/ the same
sheet is the only advantage and at the much cheaper cost of PSA, that
isn't that big a deal...ymmv, etc.
Regarding abrasives, I've used either Klingspor or the Mirka from
Amazon--both are much better quality/longer-lived than the HD-carried
Norton and probably less than half the cost...
Only problem w/ Klingspor is they don't seem to have much in the 5-hole
One can also buy bulk rolls of PSA paper at the local auto-body supply
at much less than the Borg retail prices.
I consider my PC 333 to be a disposable tool. Like cheap cordless drills
from Sears, when they break or wear out, I give them to the Salvation Army
and buy a new one, hopefully something higher on the food chain.
I have used the multi-hole paper with no problems.
I have the PC 333 also. My Black and Decker Professional palm sander
has had heavy use for 15 years and still goes strong. I doubt they
make them as good today, though.
On Tue, 8 Mar 2005 23:06:51 -0600, "bob"
B&D or PC, you mean?
Re: PC, the new, improved version w/ the internal "belt" (actually just
an o-ring) to stop the unloaded spin is a major reversal for heavy
usage--it overheats as it simply adds friction as it goes round 'n round
which is uncomfortable holding the thing around the barrel and shortens
bearing life. I take it off first thing. The later ones (purchased
last couple of years or so) do seem to die quicker than the first one I
got quite some time earlier--I could no longer say when. That said,
they've been going through some real abusive work prepping the barn for
painting and I basically also think of them as throwaway for the
I don't think the more expensive are worth the cost differential,
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.