|Review by Durnik150||posted 07-07-2009 06:46 AM||1609 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
- Black & Decker MS600B Mouse Sander Polisher with Zone Touch
- Brand: Black & Decker | Category: Sanders
Price $29.95 via Amazon. The price fluctuates with what package of attachments come with the sander.
The search for a reasonably priced finish sander continues… I had hoped this little unit from Black & Decker would hold up for a while and I would get some good use out of it. I was disappointed.
First, the “Zone Touch” feature is worthless. There is an indicator light that tells you when too much pressure is being applied. This light comes on red when the unit is first switched on and stays red until it gets up to speed. It then turns green supposedly indicating that you are in the right “zone.” After that you could beat it against a wall and the light would stay green. A completely worthless feature.
The hook and loop sanding platform is attached to the body of the unit with three screws. After only a couple of hours use, the plastic attachment posts around the screws detached from the rest of the sander. There was no way to fix it since the plastic itself had literally liquified and separated. I called the B & D help-line and they referred me to the DeWalt repair center in the Denver area where I live. It’s about an hour away so I have not as of yet taken it there since I’m not sure if it would be worth it on a $30 sander.
I liked the versatility and comfort of the unit while it was working but it doesn’t do any good if it melts down and doesn’t work at all.
-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO