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Old 09-05-2005, 07:03 PM
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Dynabrades(s) on a whim

Been thinking about a small buffer (not sure why)

Never owned a dynabrade anything but have heard good things.

I bought the below on a whim without doing any research on of them to see if they are good for automotive. They were basically the same price as this (1) National Detroit DA my jobber was trying to sell me that would take a polisher attachment.

They are a Model 56815 sander and 5 Buffer Polisher Model 57240



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You won't be disappointed with anything dynabrade makes. I own one DA and have used two of the other sanders they make and they are IMO the best available. Pricey compared to most but very high quality. I bet that polisher will work awsome. Bob
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Old 09-05-2005, 08:35 PM
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Well I am looking forward to trying it.

Got everything in the picture for $230. Seemed reasonable for 2 dynabrades.

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Rich, you've got a heck of a deal there!!!! I paid that for one DA 6 years ago!
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No bob, That's a HELL of a deal!!!

Like I've posted before. I got my Dyna from my cabinet shop buddy several years ago and it was "supposed" to be worn out then. I don't think you CAN wear one out.
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OK, now I am feeling better. I ran across it on Ebay and there was about 5 minutes to go on the auction. Held my breath and set a snipe since I did not have any time to research it.

I guess I paid $232

As I said my Jobber wanted $230 for this National Detroit he has been teasing me with. As my buddy Jeff says " I dont see how a guy can go wrong"
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thats an awesome deal. i have two of the da's and they work flawlessly. i think in the past 10 years they havent been oiled once. their design doesn't really require it. just rebiult one of them because a seal went bad and froze the bearing from wetsanding. should be good to go for another 10 years. they are indestructable. you will need a decent size compressor though. around 15cfm or higher.
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Old 09-14-2005, 10:55 PM
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The DynaBrades came today. Have not tried the buffer yet, but man is that sander nice.

I dont think I have ever owned anything but a CP or I-rand DA that cost more that $75.00. Just figured these did the same thing but lasted longer. Boy is it smooth !

I am liking it.

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The strange thing about the dynabrade sanders is although they are very smooth running they still cut fast. Let us know how the buffer works out. Bob
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I've been considering one of those Dynabrade palm sanders,
I've heard a lot of good about them.
All I have now is a DA. Can someone please tell me where
I would want to use the palm type Dynabrde instead of my DA?
Or will I want to use it all the time instead?
I just want to know the pro's and con's of a DA vs a palm sander like
the Dynabrade.
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Biggest difference I can give you is the palm sander is lighter and easier to maneuver. You can swap on a 6" pad if you like for large areas and back to a 5" for tight spot's.
The other would be that you can't lock the pad for straight on sanding/grinding.
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i have a da and it sits on the shelf. used it half a dozen time and thats it. i always use my dynabrades. you wont want to use a da with them. you cant go wrong!!
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Well I buffed with the dynabrade buffer tonight and am pretty impressed. I am not an expert at buffing so dont take this as much as a recommendation.

I really expected it to be a rotary buffer but it turned out to be orbital similar to a DA pattern.

I honestly never use a DA for much except stripping paint and knocking the high spots off bondo. I block everyhthing else by hand.

I can envision that the dynabrade sander is a tool I can do a lot more than the DA. I see no reason a palm sander is any "less" of a tool than a DA as long as the pad is equal size. I cant see where it is less of a tool under any circumstance.

As bob stated, it may cut smoother but that does not mean it cuts slower. The stroke seems to be smaller and more agressive.

I like it. Best $220 I ever spent for 2 VERY nice tools !

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Last time I looked, those Dynabrade palm sanders come in three
different orbit pattern sizes 3/32,3/16 & 3/8.
They are identified by the color of the handle.
I've been reading about them on the woodworker forums and they are
the first choice among woodworkers. Most all furniture/cabinet factories
use them exclusively. No doubt they are the best.
I would like to know which orbit size would be best for bodywork.
I don't think I can afford all three so maybe the one in the middle?
I would guess the small orbit size for finish sanding and the large
one for heavy/quick sanding.
Anyone have experience with different ones?
I'd like to know what you would reccommend if only buying one.
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i think both of mine are 3/16. the 3/32 is very small and i think thats more for finish work, wetsanding clear, polishing etc. the size that i have works great for just about everything even wetanding. mine all have a 5" pad but i keep a 6 around for doing large areas.
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