Tool Review: Random-Orbit Sander ‘SandNet’ Disks by Diablo
Long-lasting mesh sanding pads
While Diablo’s SandNet disks perform similarly to conventional paper abrasives in terms of material removal and surface prep (with some exceptions at the lower grits), they make keeping your work surface and work area clean much easier, thanks to the great dust collection possible with them.
As you would expect, SandNet does not clog and has a long cutting life. While you can rinse or vacuum the disks to extend their lives, I didn’t need to, even after sanding many boards.
The biggest shortcoming was that at the lower grits, particularly 80 grit, SandNet cut slower than other products. In a side-by-side comparison with a conventional paper disk, it took twice as many passes to remove a pencil mark from a piece of red oak and 50% more passes to remove cross-grain scratches. However, once the workpiece was ready for 180 grit Random-orbit sander disks by Diablo SandNet $15 for pack of 10 and above, the mesh performed comparably. Also, while the slower action on the 80 grit was a bit disappointing, if I was working inside someone’s home and needed to start at that grit, I would gladly trade speed for the improved dust collection.
Each pack comes with a circular black pad so a disk can be easily attached to a sander.
—Adam Godet makes furniture in Washington, D.C.
From Fine Woodworking #274