Why is my orbital sander not sanding?

If your random orbital sander doesn’t have an effective dust collector built in, the sandpaper can get clogged up and impede the performance of the machine. Not only will you have to sand a lot longer to get the same results, but clogged sandpaper builds up heat and goes dull more quickly.

Why is my orbital sander not spinning?

1. Check Your Air Pressure. If you notice that your air sander is not performing consistently and perhaps you’re seeing swirls or other sanding marks repeatedly, the first thing to check is if your compressor is providing sufficient air pressure for your sander to reach the ideal rotations per minute (RPM).

How do you take apart an orbital sander?

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Quote from Youtube video: Starting follow a crack down to where it doesn't open and that's usually where something is hidden. Sometimes it's actually hidden underneath the labels.

When should I replace my sander?

You should change your sandpaper when it gets too clogged by the material you are sanding or if the abrasive side is too worn down to smooth out your surface. If you have noticed that you have to apply much more pressure or it takes too long to work, you should substitute your sandpaper.

How do I fix my orbital sander pad?

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Quote from Youtube video: And you'll know when it's too big of a problem when you're using the sander and the disc just flies right out. The bottom side of these are kind of like cloth. And the this is the hook.

How do you fix an orbital sander pad?

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Quote from Youtube video: We'll start here by removing the three screws that hold the pad to the sander. Okay with the three screws removed I can pull the pad off take the screws out of the old pad. And now here's my new pad.

How do you lubricate an orbital sander?

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Quote from Youtube video: A good squirt of oil inside. Here. Then we're gonna plug the air to it. Then take a rag. Put the rag on the exhaust. Just to catch any oil that may go through the air.

Is an orbital sander supposed to spin?

A random orbital palm sander is for more versatile tasks than a standard orbit palm sander. The random palm sander has a round pad that spins as it moves in a circular motion, while the standard sander pad does not spin as it circles.

What are some downfalls of using a random orbital sander?


  • More expensive to buy and operate.
  • Sanding discs sometimes hard to find.
  • Aggressive power can damage a workpiece.
  • Hook and loop on pad can become dirty and fail to hold disc.
  • Sanding pad can become damaged – may affect sanding quality.
  • Circular pads prevent working in corners/tight spaces.

Why do my sanding discs fall off?

The back up pad has nylon hook and loop to receive and hold the discs in place, when this gets really hot during the sanding process these soften and melt and have less and less holding power until they get to the point where the disc no longer sticks and flies off.

How do you fix a hook and loop sander?

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Quote from Youtube video: Put another hook and loop pad on it then we should be good to go a hook and loop replacement. And conversion kit. So what this is gonna do is replace. This I do like to read the directions.

Can you replace the pad on an electric sander?

It can be extremely frustrating when your sanding pads fly off in the middle of a job but we’re here to tell you that it’s extremely easy to fix. All you need to do is replace the original hook and loop on your sander with VELCRO® Brand Heavy Duty Tape to ensure a more secure hold.

Can you replace the Velcro pad on a sander?

Yes, you can replace the velcro pad on an orbital sander. And, it’s a pretty easy fix. The velcro covered pad on an orbital sander can and should be replaced as it wears out.

Can you replace velcro on orbital sander?

Replacement Velcro for 5″ Orbital Sander by SIA Abrasives

This Velcro sheet can be used with most orbital or eccentric sanders. This replacement is compatible with the Siarex Abrasive Disks.

What is a hook and loop pad?

Global hook and loop sanding discs are sanding pads made of aluminum oxide that have a hook and loop velcro backing. Once properly attached, our superior gripping means they won’t slip once on the pad.

Why are there holes in sanding pads?

These holes help to pull dust away from the sandpaper’s surface so it doesn’t become clogged with sanding debris. Without the holes, the dust would gunk up on the sandpaper surface which would create a layer between what you are sanding and the abrasives, causing it to not effectively work.

Can you use stick on sandpaper with hook and loop?

Hook and loop is the more common type of pad. Because it is so simple and durable, it is a great way to attach your sandpaper to your sander pad. When you are using hook and loop in a shop, you can change sandpaper grits easily.