|Review by Sawdust4Blood||posted 02-27-2010 09:52 PM||4004 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I bought one of these because I was looking for a detail sander that could get me into the corners of furniture projects. But since I make sawdust almost every weekend, I was looking for something that was going to last. I had looked around at a lot of other detail sanders and they all struck me as cheap flimsy things designed to be used on one or two projects then forgotten or thrown away. I also considered a couple of the multi-function tools for their utility but sanding was more important to me since that was what I would primarily be using it for. Ultimately I ruled out the multi-function tools since they were either too light duty in design or much more expensive. Additionally, this sander is an orbital while those only oscillate meaning you’re less likely to be left with sander marks. When I bought it, I opted not to get the dust collection attachment due to poor reviews from other prior purchasers.
On first use it became clear that this sander may be small in size but it is a heavy duty performer. It makes sawdust and is quick about it. I knew right away that I was going to have to find an answer to the dust collection issue and soon or my lungs were going to be full of termites dining on the wood inside. It sands aggressively but leaves a fine finish with 200 or higher grit paper. In the end, I purchased a Ridgid universal dust collection adapter that fit well with the tool and my shop vac. With the vac attached, dust collection is as good as any other sander I have. I honestly haven’t used the little fingers other than to play with them and I’ll likely continue to sand profiles by hand but the ability to reach in tight spaces might come in handy if you’re refinishing. At $110 it ain’t the cheapest sander on the market but but then again cheap tools almost always seem to end up costing more in the end. Overall I’m very happy with this purchase and it has quickly become a “go to” tool.
-- Greg, Severn MD