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    ROS disks

    I have a Black and decker random orbital sander. It's an 8 hole model, and does a decent job of dust extraction when I have 8 hole disks. Lately, the local borg only carries Norton disks with a ring of many 1/8" (approx) holes that is suposed to accommodate both 8 and 5 hole machines. There's no way I can see to attach a vacuum to the dust bag port, but with these disks, the dust mostly ends up on the workbencch, and very little in the bag. Very, very little.

    Is this just me and my ROS, or do other people get the same result witth these disks? It's annoying enough to make me search out a source of 8 hole disks, but at present I have about 100 mini hole disks in various grades. That's a lot of dust to get through them all.
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    I have had very good luck with Mirka gold discs available from Amazon.

    Klingspor's Woodworking Shop sells the full Klingspor line, which has worked well for me when I need an unusual grit or something.
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    +1 for Klingspor's. They usually have some nice specials.
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    Ditto on both Mirka and Klingspor ROS discs.

    On a similar note, I replaced the 5-hole H&L pad on my PC ROS a few years ago with a pad designed to accommodate both 5 and 8 hole discs. It has five holes along with slots in the pad to match up with 8 hole discs. While making that change, I discovered that my Makita ROS uses the same type of pad. I buy mostly 8 hole discs but occasionally get stuck with needing something in a hurry and have to pick up 5 hole discs at the big box.
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    I've not tried those disks you described, but it wouldn't surprise me they don't work as well. I'd keep shopping until I found the proper 8 hole ones. I like Klingspor the best, but it sounds like any of the 8 hole ones would be better than what you have.

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    Sharpen a piece of round steel tube to make a hole punch, use an old disk for a pattern and punch them out on a block of wood. Be sure to punch from the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Newby View Post
    Sharpen a piece of round steel tube to make a hole punch, use an old disk for a pattern and punch them out on a block of wood. Be sure to punch from the back.
    This bears repeating...great idea.
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    Thanks for the suggestions, guys! I like the idea of making a punch to cut my own holes.
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    I've recently tried those red hundred hole disks. I don't love them. And either I'm disremembering, or the prices have gone up. 10 bucks for fifteen disks? And now the Depot only carries the red ones.

    It's almost enough to make me go back to my quarter sheet sander...

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    I paid $9.99 for fifty 150 grit disks at HD a couple of days ago. Not a bad price, but I'm almost tempted to ditch them. I'll try something like the punch suggestion from the other Roger.
    Cheers,
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