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02-12-2007, 08:08 AM
I am thinking about buying one of the Mud Hog type sanders for
initial sanding and leveling of fillers. What do you guys recommend?
We use the National Detroit ND900 with 36 or 40 grit sandpaper.
Link to the ND900 (http://autobodystore.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=ND900&Category_Code=TFSL)
02-12-2007, 08:55 AM
I've had a Hutchins Eliminator (Hutchins version of a Mud Hog) for years and it is my favorite tool for the initial shaping of filler. It is also very good for stripping paint too.
02-12-2007, 09:10 AM
The National detroit DA900 is a low speed geared eliptical ORBITAL 8" sander and the Hutchins Eliminator is an 8" slow speed geared ROTARY sander ( no oribtal ). Both are excellent top of the line sanders. The Hutchins will hog down bondo a little faster than the ND mud hog but its easier to get a panel relatively flat with ND mud hog compared to the Hutchins eliminator. For stripping paint the Hutchins is definately the best choice of the two.
I have owned and used both brands of sanders and for all around use I personally prefer the ND DA900 but the Hutchins Eliminator comes in at a close second choice.
You're right Phil, a rotary is faster but it really won't do a very good leveling job. The eliptical does a much better job on filler. That's one of the reasons I don't recommend the Makita for filler work.
I've had my ND mud hog for 20 plus years,used daily,and have NEVER replaced anything on it aside from a couple pads and a couple covers!
I mainly use it to remove paint for filler,and for getting filler close on the first pass,I've used it to strip cars also.
I have a ND DAQ I bought used around the same time,relaced the lower bearing a couple times,pads/covers,and it is still in daily use.
Go w/ the ND!
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