|Review by Moron||posted 08-23-2012 06:50 PM||4860 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
Knowing I will soon be deleted I thought I would post a review of the above sander.
If I could give it 10 stars I would. Bought it a year ago or more and have put several thousand miles on it, or maybe close to a 1,000 hours on it so I think my review is valid as it didn’t just fall out of the box. being a “Festool” junkie I had the chance top compare sanders and this is the one I chose with no regrets. It lists for around 500 Canadian funds (probably less in the mighty USA).
Being used to pneumatic sanders that require a tremendous amount of CFMs’ I was sceptical because I have never seen an electric sander do what an air driven sander can do. The differences in performance are night and day as the air sander is what professional auto body shops use as well as most cabinet shops. Most hobby shops would never own a compressor that can keep up to the demands of air tools, thus only short “spurts” come of it, which inevitably leads to the premature death of an under rated compressor and a useless expensive sander.
Thus the Mirka. Its electric and uses a separate box/transformer with a super long cord to the sander thus getting rid of the weight where the motor is held within the sanding device leaving you with a light weight sander. The constant “rattle” found in most electric palm sanders is gone. Nice and easy on the wrist and fingers. It has an electronic variable speed button on the sander so you can go from slow to high speeds quickly. Its also as true to “random orbits” as it gets, none of those nasty swirls left behind. Putting 40 grit paper on it it can quickly remove even chain saw kerf marks and I suppose, could disfigure wood quickly. But the steps in sanding go from a chore to a pleasure with 5 star results.
I think it comes with a choice for sticky pads or velcro, I chose velcro for reasons I wont get into so if you do go the route of velcro, get the bag of velcro spacers which greatly extend the life of the sanding disk (expensive to replace), they are cheap and work like a charm.
Also the pad has holes in it which match perfectly to the Mirca Abranet sandpaper (actually this sandpaper will work perfect for any similar sanding machine) and the sandpaper, albeit expensive, surely makes up for the price in longevity. With the sander attached to a vacuum via a hose, the sanding is almost dustless which I really like.
Found this link to a video, as pictures tell a thousand words.
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