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How do I secure a piece of sandpaper on the dewalt orbit palm sander?

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I think your model holds the paper with glue that is on the sand paper.Just take apart the back cover of the sand paper to expose the glue.

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How do I use the random orbital sander?


Random orbital sander is relatively easy to use and control. You can get a lot of work done using a random orbital sander by spending a little amount of time. But, there are some things that you should keep in mind to get the best use of the sander. In this article, we are going to show you how to use a random orbital sander to its full potential.
There are many brands out there in the market right now. Each offers a different style and different controlling functions. But, the core elements of each of them are the same. The random orbital sander gives you the free and easy usability. Plus, the finishing that these sanders provide is unparalleled.

THE USE OF RANDOM ORBITAL SANDER

You can use a random orbital sander to achieve versatile woodworking functions, but mainly it is used to give your material a more smooth texture. Usually, these tools come with a lot of power so you can work on rough materials and get quick results. The design is very compact so that you can work with ease, even with one hand. So, ultimately this is a sander that will give you great power and control in a compact body.

HOW SHOULD YOU DEAL WITH THE TOOL?

Keep the Object Locked
Make sure that the object that you are working on is properly locked. Keep it secure, so it does not move too often. This way, you have had more control over the job.
USE EVEN STROKES: You should apply even strokes in every part of the object to make sure that they are sand properly. This will result in a smoother finishing to your object.
USE VENTILATION IF NEEDED Try to remember this when you use a random orbital sander, keep the ventilation on. It creates dust particle that cannot be easily controlled. So, you should keep your ventilation on to avoid the debris in your mouth.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT KIND OF SAND PAPER Different kind of wood respond well to different kind of sandpapers. So, you should look out for what is best for you and then buy your sandpaper accordingly. Make sure to properly place the sandpaper on your sander and that your sander head is clean at the start.
DOUBLE SAND THE EDGES: It is always a good idea to double sand the edges if you are looking for perfection. This allows the object to have a more fine tuning and luxurious look.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Do not change the disk of random orbital sanders very frequently as it will not be cost-effective. Use it until the very end.
  • Do not apply too much pressure while working on the edges
  • Add vacuum if you want to keep your station clean.
  • Sand with a steady hand and turn up the power for rough woods.
Source: Detailed Guide On How To Use Random Orbital Sander

Apr 14, 2018 | Tools & Hardware - Others

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What is the usages of a PALM SANDER?


Buying something with serious money and using that to your advantage may not always meet the same fate. What would happen if you got yourself a pricy palm sander but couldn't get the job done after spending a considerable amount of time and efforts? That's the result you, for sure, want to avoid. Learning the method to properly use a palm sander can help you avoid such a consequence.
Here are the steps you have to master to use a palm sander efficiently.

TURNING ON THE PALM SANDER

You have to know first to switch on the power button of the sander to make it run. Otherwise, you won't be able to work with it as a sander of wood.

MANAGING SANDPAPER

You have to manage sandpaper and make it into pieces as the palm sander is small in size, and its pad can accept a quarter of the regular sand paper.

KNOWING THE CAPACITY OF THE SQUARE PAD

The square pad of a palm sander can accept the quarter of regular sandpaper. So, cut it into pieces as needed. After making the quarterly pieces of a regular sandpaper tie tightly with the sanding pad.

CARING ABOUT SAFETY

It may sound much that may harm your ears. So please ware the ear sound protector for the safety of your ear. Also, you can use glass for the safety of your eyes but it's not urgent.

CATCHING THE PALM SANDER

Before using as woodworking tool, you have to catch tightly the handle of the palm sander with a hand and another hand will give pressure on the sander for working well and maintaining the center of the work.
Now, the sander is ready for using. When the sandpaper will be needed to change, you have to change it following these steps:
  • Remove the used sandpaper from the sanding pad
  • Manage a regular sandpaper
  • Cut quarterly or as per it needed.
  • Tie the cut sandpaper tightly with the sanding pad
Collecting the accumulated dust In time of sanding the wood, you have to notice the dust collecting hole. When the dust collecting hole gets full, you have to clean it to sand well.

DETERMINING THE DEPTH

Before using the sander on the wood, you have to fix how deep it will be sanded. If you don't do it, you may not get a successful sanding on the wood or it may damage you wood making much deep than your need.
  • After using the sander, please keep it in a safe place for further usage.
It is common that you want the utmost benefits from your palm sander. But, having the highest quality sander does not ensure that you would get the most of it. You need to understand how the machine typically works. To be more precise, you should learn you can use a palm sander.
The above guide is designed to help you with the steps involved in the proper use of a palm sander. Hopefully, the steps are understandable enough.
Source: Learn The Professional Ways To Use Palm Sander

Apr 07, 2018 | Tools & Hardware - Others

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Palm sander


The answer "Go to Dewaltservicenet" can be confusing - the actual site is servicenet.dewalt.com and even then, entering your part to get to manual can be infuriating. This is the link for the current model which, for all intents and purposes, is the same. The link to the helpful page is: http://www.dewalt.com/tools/woodworking-sanders-orbital-sanders-d26441k.aspx . You'll get a pop-up box with a dropdown that has a few numbers, nothing else. Just click on "1" and ignore language that indicates that this model has more than one - it does not. After you click on "1", the pop-up disappears that you're on the d/l page. Downloads are in the upper right corner. You want "Instruction Manual".You should get to this page: http://servicenet.dewalt.com/Parts/Browse#6229 but may not, it's very glitchy. On this page, you'll want to make sure "Sanders" is on the left and "sheet" is on the right. If you try to get the Manual from the DW411 page, a blank page will open. Make sure your pop-up blocker is off or that you allow dewalt.com. The instructions for the d26441k are identical to the dw411 - same technique for loading sanding sheets, same rods, etc. I've uploaded the d26441k page manual .pdf so that should help. It's easy to get lost on the Dewalt site while trying to find somthing so simple. :)

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May 24, 2014 | Dewalt DW411 quarter - sheet palm grip...

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What type of sandpaper do I use on a dewalt dw421?


this sander appears to use the hook and loop system, you can download an instruction manual by going to dewaltservicenet.com and typing in your model number.

Jan 04, 2012 | Dewalt DW421 5'' orbital sander

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When I use the sander, the velco-like thing underneath the paper gets chewed up looking. It's 2 days old, so whats wrong??


When using this kind of sander you have to let the machine do the work, meaning if you press on it things like that happen, if you aren't doing that then possibly too thin and cheap sandpaper attached.

May 17, 2011 | Dewalt DW421 5'' orbital sander

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Sandpaper keeps coming off while sanding. Why and how can I remedy situation. I was thinking about replacing rubber cover on clamp.


I switched it to a new pad and the sandpaper is still flying off :( I just don't get it the paper is not even half used up. my sander is the hook and loop velcro one ugh its driving me nuts I have to keep buying more sandpaper when the sandpaper is not even worn out! BTW Mines a dewalt hook and loop random orbit sander

Jan 03, 2011 | Bosch 1297DK 14 Sheet Palm Sander Kit

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DW411 Can I put a velcro pad on this sander so I don't have to fumble around trying to get sand paper on it


Dewalt is not going to make an accessory for you to do so, since that sander was designed to use 1/4 sheet sandpaper, and therefore takes standard paper clamped in place. You could make your own base for the sander out of thin plywood or some other suitable material, covered perhaps with a laminate or rubber surface, that would accept PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive) sandpaper, which you can buy in rolls appropriately sized for your sander. Or you can try some kind of after-market conversion kit such as this one (See also here, etc.)
If you really want a hook and loop base on your sander, I recommend you bite the bullet and simply purchase a random orbital sander with a H&L pad. Then you'll of course have to buy the perforated paper discs to go with it....
But you'll easily be able to change grits, and the performance and quality of your sanding will improve.
You might check the reviews in various woodworking magazines before you make a purchase, just so you know what you're likely to get for your money. There's a vast array of machines made, and the quality varies accordingly, and depends to some extent on your budget and intended use.
Good luck!

I hope this information allows you to resolve this issue. If you need further assistance, please post back with a comment to this thread.
If I've managed to answer your question or solve a problem, please take just a moment to rate this post....thanks!

Dec 20, 2010 | Dewalt DW411 quarter - sheet palm grip...

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Dewalt d26451 type 1 random orbital sander. why does this sander jump around on the material and feel like it's fighting me all the time instead of sanding smooth and easy?


I have the same problem with a Porter Cable orbital sander I recently purchased. Whats happening is the sander is catching the edge of the board you're trying to sand and jerking back and forth as the sander base spins. It seems that if the board your're sanding is at least as wide as the sander base, the problem goes away, which does little good because there will be many times I we'll need to sand wood that is less in size. But you may try using a lesser grit sandpaper and see if that alleviates the problem somewhat.

Aug 10, 2010 | Dewalt Heavy - Duty 5" Random Orbit Sander...

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No sanding action and motor just buzzes


It will probably be the shaft from the motor to the orbital cam which is on the flat plate that you connect the sandpaper to , either the shaft or the bottom cam is broken [probably the shaft has snapped ] you can do a cheap repair with a good glue to reconnect the shaft [but you wont be able to push too hard again] or if you can get the parts just replace the shaft into the motor . they are really simple things to work on

Mar 30, 2009 | Dewalt D26441 Heavy Duty 2.4 Amp 1/4 Sheet...

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