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Hook & loop sanding discs not sticking

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My hook and loop sanding discs no long adhere to my sander. I've tried brushing the pad with a stiff brush without luck. Is there any way to resuscitate the pad, or will I need to replace it? I didn't realize they wore out.

(post #85646, reply #1 of 13)

1/2 of the "hooks" break off after a period of time.  No amount of brushing will bring them back....time to replace the pad or the sander

(post #85646, reply #2 of 13)

This is what happened to me. Went to use my random orbit one day, and the disc wouldn't hold. Last time I used it it was fine.


I had to think about where it was used last. I let one of my laborers take it home to sand his dining room table. Hmmmmm.


So i asked him "How did it go?"


"Pretty good" he says, "at one point it seemed like it wasn't sanding too well, but-ha ha-I saw the pad was laying on the floor"


When the pad fell off, (and before he noticed it was gone) he was happily sanding with Velcro. You know what happens to Velcro when you sand with it?


It melts. All the hooks melt off.


Something like this probably happened to you. I just bought a new adhesive backed replacement pad, and the sander works like new.


John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

John Svenson, builder,  remodeler,  NE Ohio

(post #85646, reply #3 of 13)

Replacement hook and loop pads are available.
Find one and install it before you spring for a new sander unless you want one "just cuz"


They can't get your Goat if you don't tell them where it is hidden.


Life is Good

(post #85646, reply #4 of 13)

Yeah, good excuse to tell the wife--"Yeah, hadda buy a new sander today--the Velcro burned off the old one!" Sort of like buying a new car because the ashtrays were full in the old one! ;-)

(post #85646, reply #6 of 13)

Not only can the pads be replaced but in at least the Dewalt's I found out there is a rubber ring that is suppose to be replaced more frequently that affects performance.


I discovered this after needing the manual for some reason or another and went to my stack of empty tool cases (don't keep tools in cases all in drawers in shop, and cases take up to much room transporting. Not often any parts in cases worth hauling around except for routers and cordless.) Found an extra ring in with the manual and went hmm what's this from?  Found answer in manual, swapped and orbital was much less erratic in vibration.


Darn manuals/warnings/stickers covering parts to remove before use, stuff all stays in the cases.

(post #85646, reply #7 of 13)

I toasted a bearing in my Makita RO. Bottom bearing of the motor shaft where it enters the pad.

Bearing supply house, $1.50, 20 minutes of work and good to go .


They can't get your Goat if you don't tell them where it is hidden.

Life is Good

(post #85646, reply #8 of 13)

Thanks for your replies, everyone. I guess the consensus is that I can't repair the thing. Looks like I'll have to get a new pad (don't let me down, Bosch) or a new sander.

(post #85646, reply #9 of 13)

For the price and effort no you can't beat just getting a new pad.


But you could either sand the snot out of the Velcro till it's flat and switch to adhesive disc, or Gorilla glue a fitting piece of Velcro to the ruined one but not worth it.

(post #85646, reply #5 of 13)

I have a QuickSand with H&L which needs a new disk too. What also ruins it are those "universal" pads which are made for 5 or 8 hole disks. The oversized and extra holes shorten the life of the disk.

(post #85646, reply #10 of 13)

sand down the pad, use peel and stick

(post #85646, reply #11 of 13)

I had the same problem with my DeWalt 5" sander.  I had it for 4 years with no problems, lent it to a friend, then all of a sudden the disks started flying off.  I ordered replacement pads and everything worked fine..plus I don't lend the sander out anymore.
SS

(post #85646, reply #12 of 13)

I think I have bought Porter Cable brand replacement pads at Lowes (maybe it was the depot), and they have a generic brand.    Finding the o-ring is a little harder.

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"Put your creed in your deed."   Emerson

"When asked if you can do something, tell'em "Why certainly I can", then get busy and find a way to do it."  T. Roosevelt

(post #85646, reply #13 of 13)

ya thats what I thought. :) Now you have a PSA sander.

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