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    GregSY is online now Diamond
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    Default DA Sanders - best brand?

    I'm looking for a high quality air powered DA sander.

    Any experience or opinions on the following brands?

    Hutchins
    Dynabrade
    Taylor Pneumatic

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    metlmunchr is offline Diamond
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    I have a Hutchins air file. Excellent tool. Bought 30 yrs ago, and still works like new.

    Dynabrade makes good stuff no doubt, but some of their prices are sorta tough to swallow. Never have priced their D/A so I dunno how it compares to other quality ones.

    I've also got a National Detroit D/A and would buy another in a heartbeat. http://www.nationaldetroit.com/global/ Still US made. They are the original inventor of the D/A sander and were the only producer of a high quality one for a number of years.

    Also have a couple 20 yr old Aro palm orbitals that are very good sanders. I think Aro got swallowed up by I-R though, so they're probably made in Upper Slobovostan these days from melted orange juice cans

    Added: all the above tools use a surprisingly small quantity of air as compared to any of the 3rd world copies I've had. Over time they pay for themselves in saved energy costs, and the pleasure of using a good tool sorta comes along free in the mix. Other than my dad, NO ONE uses my sanders. A ham-fisted jackass whose grip is calibrated toward snagging parting lines off castings will ruin the pad on any of them in a matter of minutes. Good pads are expensive, and the cheap ones are absolutely useless. I'd rather use a Harbor Freight D/A with a 3M pad than my N-D with a $3 chinese pad installed.

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    Halcohead is offline Stainless
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    Can't comment on the others, but I used two different 6" National-Detroit Model DA sanders (this: http://www.sjdiscounttools.com/nddaq6.html) at work for 10-30 hours a week for two years. Never had a problem with either of them, and they are pretty comfortable to use. They are reasonably quiet when run under anything but no load, too. If I ever buy a DA sander of my own, it will be a N-D.

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    Joe DAmico is offline Cast Iron
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    I have a couple Dynabrades, both die grinder and DA best I've used
    Thank you
    Joe

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    GregSY is online now Diamond
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    Thanks guys. I ordered a Hutchins as I could not get my hands on a Detroit this week.

    It's amazing how these phone calls go....

    "I am checking to see if you actually have this model in stock"

    (Instant answer) Oh yes.

    "How do you know if you don't know which model I want?"

    "Well, we carry most of them"

    "OK..... how's about you make sure you have the exact one I want?"



    Then, no sense of urgency to hand the sander to the UPS man. "It will go out in a few days."


    To their credit, the Detroit people were very nice and I could have ordered direct from them but their price was a good bit higher than online sites.

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    Late to the party but we use a dozen or so Dynabrade 5" 3/16 orbit at work. We use them pretty heavily sanding aluminum and they hold up well.

    We also have a few 3M brand and they are pretty much a copy of the Dynabrade. Still a good unit.

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