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Old 09-06-2017, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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After using the standard 1" sanding combo set forever now, I thought I would give the new Penn State unit that has replaceable sections/grits a try. I never use the 150 and used most of the 400 and 600 much faster....so I thought this would be more economical in the long run. I know some one is going to say, why don't you try buying the strips from Klingspor? And I have, I just don't order from them very often and I thought this was more convenient.

Anyway...has anyone noticed that the Penn state paper is thicker and seems more aggressive than the paper in the older set? Is it just me? I love the idea of the tear off, individually replaceable set from Penn State, but just really don't like the paper....
Anybody else notice that? or am I nuts? ( I may regret asking that)
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I love their old sandpaper and that is what I have used for years. I HATE their new sandpaper strips that come with the tear off container. I hope enough people complain about it for them to change it back. I bought the new system and a bunch of extra rolls but I don't even use them they are so bad. They clog really fast and they're too stiff and they just don't work as well as the old stuff.
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I just buy the grits I need at the local hardware, tare into 1" strips. Cheaper and I get what I like to use.
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I have a package of the Abranet tear of strips. I was buying the Abranet assortment pack and cutting the sheets into 1 inch strips, but will go to the tear of rolls when I run out of the assortment strips.

I love abranet for prep sanding. Then depending of what I am turning I will either go to a finer grit of paper or wet sanding, then MM.
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Has anyone tried the new peachtree sanding strips, they come in a tear off strip container?
https://www.ptreeusa.com/abrasive_rolls.htm

I understand Rockler has a similar set but at a higher price, and I don't tink they have replacement rolls.
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I half suspect they are all made by the same manufacturer, just put in a different box.

For $2 more, I'd try the Turner's mesh just below the sanding strips.
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Has anyone tried the new peachtree sanding strips, they come in a tear off strip container?
https://www.ptreeusa.com/abrasive_rolls.htm

I understand Rockler has a similar set but at a higher price, and I don't tink they have replacement rolls.
If you want to save some serious money & live close to a plumbing supply house, you can get the rolls of abrasive mesh way cheaper than Peachtree or any other retailer sells them for.
I got a 150' roll for like $12 or so.
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There are 2 rules about sandpaper, one never buy sandpaper based on price, you should buy sandpaper based on quality. The rule is "Buy sandpaper like someone else is paying for it". Rule number two, "Use sandpaper like someone else is paying for it." When it is about worn out, discard it, you are wasting time when sanding with paper that has been used too much.

Some of the sandpaper makers have a poor quality control over the grit sizes. The same goes for the glue that holds the grit on the paper. The best sandpapers can be found at quality auto body paint supply houses. You can buy it by the sheet or box. Look out for sticker shock, it is not the stuff that is available at Home Depot.
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