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Old 03-22-2005, 12:58 PM
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D A Sander

Hey Guys,

I am looking for a D A Sander. Any recommendations? What features should I look for? Not looking for the most expensive but one that is reasonable. I have an 80 gallon, 2 stage compressor. I am looking for one that works well and is compatible with my compressor. I am looking for one that I don't have to hunt all over for paper.

Also, how about the same question for a block sander.

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Old 03-22-2005, 06:10 PM
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holy crap man!!! you are still searching for the sander. last 2 times we went through this, if i remember right, you were asking about both the compressor and the sander. i see you got the compressor. what brand did you finally decide on? as for the sander i think just about everyone recommended the dynabrade.
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Old 03-22-2005, 06:17 PM
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www.harborfreight.com
I just looked at some stuff there and they have a good DA on sale for $49.99!
this link is dirrectly to that DA http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/Category.taf?CategoryID=322&pricetype=
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Northern carries 6" sticky disc in a 50 pc roll box
in many grit sizes I have used about 30 discs
getting ready for priming
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If you plan on using the DA for a long time,spend the money and get a Dynabrade. I used a HF one and it's a fair unit but the guy I did the 69 for gave me one from his cabinet shop that was ancient and I'm still sanding it's butt of today. You can interchange pad's as well so 6" or 5" paper is no problem. It does sand better/faster as well.
As for the block sander,I assume you mean a jitterbug, I have one but it is not really of much use IMO. Blocking is best done by hand with different length/width blocks. Anything from wood,rubber, to the $$$ adjustable rod one's.
A straight line sander is nice for preliminary filler leveling but you wouldn't want to finish block with one.
A "cheese grater" body file is a MUST have for filler work before it hardens.
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If you plan on using the DA for a long time,spend the money and get a Dynabrade. I used a HF one and it's a fair unit but the guy I did the 69 for gave me one from his cabinet shop that was ancient and I'm still sanding it's butt of today. You can interchange pad's as well so 6" or 5" paper is no problem. It does sand better/faster as well.
As for the block sander,I assume you mean a jitterbug, I have one but it is not really of much use IMO. Blocking is best done by hand with different length/width blocks. Anything from wood,rubber, to the $$$ adjustable rod one's.
A straight line sander is nice for preliminary filler leveling but you wouldn't want to finish block with one.
A "cheese grater" body file is a MUST have for filler work before it hardens.
not to get off topic but have you used one of the adjustable rod sanders?? if so, do they work pretty good? wanted to pick up one of the long ones but didn't know if it would make a big difference.
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Thanks guys I know, I know it takes me forever but when spending that kind of money I don't want to rush into anything. Thanks for all of your advise. I love this board you guys are always a big help.
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mrcleaner6,
They are the *******
It's the best sanding tool since the DA. I just got one to check it out and they are amazing.
I used to use some 1/4" "peg-board" for contured areas as it is flexable and holds it's "flatness" but holding the proper shape for blocking was sort of an issue sometimes.
I just wish I'd thought of them.
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Mrcleanr6,
Ive got the AFS sanders, got two sets of em. I LOVE the things!! I do production collision repair and those sanders are the only sanders I use anymore.
They really speed things up and IMO create a smoother flatter surface, well worth the price. The cheapest place Ive seen them is www.autobodystore.com ...Eric

As for DA sander dynabrade hands on. But on the other hand if you are wanting something for HEAVY stock removal its hard to beat a National Detroit DAQ or EZQ sander. They have a more aggresive pattern that removes material faster.

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hey guys, thanks!! i guess i'll have to break down a pick one up.
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