I so get it. I’m still learning daily… here’s proof.
I had what I regarded as a very nice, not so cheap orbital palm sander. It worked to perfection for the longest time.
One day, the sandpaper just wouldn’t stick. Every time I sanded with it, the sandpaper would simply float away as if all gravity left the earth, while I continued to sand away with no paper in sight.
Let me just say, this does NOT work well when sanding rough pallet wood!
So when Crafty Affaire approached with the promise of a workshop, I knew I needed two sanders anyway. Frustrated with my own, I walked into the toolstore and told my woeful story.
Me – “I’m so frustrated! I bought a really nice palm sander, but the paper won’t stick! Can you suggest one that would work better?”
Abbotsford Tools – “Tell me what happened…”
“Well, I was sanding and the paper just flipped off. And nothing will stick to the surface. I don’t get it. It’s a new sander. I was so desperate to use it one day I screwed the sandpaper to the unit. (can you believe I did that?!) I think that was dumb because it stopped the head from rotating. Did I totally blow the entire unit at this point?!”
“Not exactly. The head rotation isn’t part of the motor so you should be ok. Have you ever sanded something without the paper on before?”
“Well, yeah, when the paper would flip off, I …. wait. I remember one time I forgot to PUT paper on and sanded an entire board…”
Problem solved. I sanded the velcro sticky things off.
“So… is there such a thing as a replacement part then for that rotating thing?”
“Yes. If it’s the one with the 4 screws showing (he so talked my language), it’s $19.99.”
A million times DOH!
And I didn’t even get laughed at once. Except by myself.
Within seconds, I had a new sander again. I cannot believe myself some days.
But knowing I could fix this, I bought another one anyway. With variable speed!
This unit allows me to slow the motion right down to a 1 for easy does it edges I’d normally rip to shreds with the other one. It works pretty fabulous!
In other news, I also picked up a new cordless drill set. I’ll never run out now! This Bosch set is a nice size (not to big or heavy) with lots of power (18v).
I always try and get the 2 pack kits because they are so much cheaper than buying drills separately. Plus they come with 2 batteries too. (total bonus)
But we talked about so much more at the tool store. About miter saws and more in depth palm sander talk. My brain came home packed with new info!
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My parting words? It really pays to walk into a place that offers information as part of the deal. Buying blind is tricky when you’re new at this. I encourage you to give your business to those types of places. My special place has indeed earned mine.
What are your own must have favourite tools? Why do you love them?
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