Get more life from abrasives
Sanding belts and discs can load up quickly with pitch and dust, especially when working with resinous woods, such as pine or cedar, reducing their effectiveness significantly. Pete Spuller, marketing manager for Klingspor Abrasives (a leading manufacturer and distributor based in North Carolina) provides simple tips on how to extend the working life of your abrasives.
Pick the 'true grit'
Sometimes smoothing out a workpiece takes an abrasive rougher than Rooster Cogburn. If you try to hog away lots of material with a fine grit, you'll waste three things: your time, energy, and money. To remove lots of material quickly, turn to a coarse grit, such as 40 or 60. Save grits 150 or higher for finer sanding applications, such as sanding veneered plywood.