orbital sander padOne of the common maintenance practices of the orbital sanders is replacing the pad on these power tools. Fortunately for tool users and woodworkers, it is a very simple task to perform. For instance, the process involves removing the pad and then installing the other pad and slapping some screws in between the pads.

The first step in maintenance or repair procedure of the orbital sander is to unplug and disengage the sander. It is important that all the working machines and power tools to be completely off before they are worked on. In addition, not all the sanding pads are same. The screw holes, mechanism of dust collection, and consistency of the pads differ from one pad to pad. Therefore before replacing the pad on the sander, you need to ensure that you have right replacing pad from the same manufacturer. You can easily get one by checking the model number of the machine and check for the right pad at the internet or local tool dealer or stores. All these avenues will help you get exact part pad you simply want.

After getting the right pad for your orbital sander, you are free to continue with the next step. You will need to remove all the mounting screws from existing backer pad. Usually, there are about four screw holes and the other about six holes are for the dust collection. You will need to discard the old pad well without polluting the environment. The new pad should be placed on the sander and should match the screw-holes in the backer pad to those on your sander. You should then insert and slightly tighten the screw. After the mounting screws are in the right places, you should then tighten firmly.

Some tool users find it to insert mounting screws into the right holes on the new pads before they even match them onto to the sander. This is important as it allows the screws to guide them into the right place. However, when using this method, it is advisable to half-tighten every screw before you do the fully tightening to any of the screws.

With the above procedure, you will be able to successfully place the pad on the orbital sander. The next step is to engage your power tool to give your sander quick spin. Check the motion of the sander to ensure the pad stays put. After all these your tool should be ready for your next sanding project.

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