Home Depot, who we currently have a paid partnership with, sent over a variety of tools and accessories for testing these past few months. You’ll see a catch-all roundup tomorrow, and the next quarter’s round of tools have already started to arrive.
If I had to pick the top most-exciting of the items they sent over for consideration, it would have to be the Diablo SandNet discs. I’ve been curious about these for a while.
To be frank, I haven’t had much sanding time recently, and so I couldn’t put in much SandNet vs. traditional sandpaper testing done. But I’ve seen enough to get even more exciting over them.
There are 3 things you need to know about these Diablo SandNet sanding dics.
First, they’re much more expensive than traditional sanding discs. A 50-pack of regular Diablo discs is $21. A 10-pack of these is $15. So that comes down to $1.50 per disc, compared to $0.42 per disc.
BUT, they’re said to last a lot longer – and I believe it. In one application, sanding paint off of MDF, the Diablo SandNet is shown to last 10X longer. I can’t embed the promo demo video, but you can see it on Home Depot’s site.
So you in theory get 10X longevity vs. ~4X the price.
The second most important thing to note is that you get a universal-style design. It doesn’t matter how many holes are in your random orbit sander’s pad, because these discs will work with 5 and 8 hole patterns just the same. These discs are for 5-inch random orbital sanders.
You have to use an application pad, but it comes with the discs. The reusable application pad goes between your sander’s platen and your SandNet discs.
Dust collection seems to be decent, if not better.
You can rinse out the SandNet discs, shake them out (I wouldn’t recommend that), or vacuum them clean.
The mesh discs are fairly sturdy, and while I didn’t destroy any of them yet, I’d save them for use on relatively smooth surfaces. If you have some really coarse work ahead of you, perhaps start off with traditional sandpaper.
If the type of sanding you do tends to tear the edges or faces of regular sandpaper, these probably aren’t for you. Or at least, be more careful.
Last holiday season, there were Diablo sandpaper packs with bonus free SandNet discs. Maybe those promo packs will come back again this year. That lowers the risk-to-try.
I have some finish sanding ahead of me. While I have months’ worth of stockpiled Festool sanding discs, I must admit that I’m itching to try the finer grits of Diablo’s SandNet mesh sandpaper. 80 grit isn’t anywhere as useful for the kinds of projects I work on.
Price: $15 per 10-pack
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As a reminder, this test sample was provided as part of a current paid partnership program with Home Depot. As part of the program, I am obligated to review some of what is provided. Which tools to review, and what to say, is entirely up to me.
Also, if you have any test requests, please let me know! I won’t have much time in the next few weeks, but towards the end of the year I will be recovering a big chunk of time every day. Expect to see more photos, and a faster pace as I plow through our backlog. Maybe some videos too.
Lastly, I should point out – these aluminum oxide sanding discs are marketed as for use on wood. I haven’t used or tested them on anything else yet. If you have a testing request, I can try to accommodate it.