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Forum topic by KenBry posted 01-04-2012 04:21 AM 2418 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-04-2012 04:21 AM

I was wondering what you guys like to use for detail sanders. I got the fein Multimaster for Christmas. It looks like it has potential for detail sanding. Just wondering what else I should consider.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 05:46 PM

You will definitely be able to put a delta head on that – wasn’t there one in the box? I have a different multitool model and that has the triangular hook and loop head, sands into corners well.

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 06:31 PM

My multitool, Rockwell, has the triangle sanding head and an even smaller head that really gets into tight places.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 11:00 PM

I once had a Bosch detail sander but found it tiring to use. I like a small sander where my hand is over the sandpaper not a foot away as on the Bosch.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 11:03 PM

I have a couple detailed power sanders and they work great but I personally find it easiest to do detail sanding by hand. Its not really that much more work then handling the power sander.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 11:13 PM

Take a look at Dremel’s detail sander.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 01-05-2012 12:49 AM

I have owned a bunch of detail sanders, Dremel, Porter Cable, Rigid and Black and Decker Octo. Probably some more. I was trying to find a cheap alternative. And as usual, when I try to cheap out, I am mot very satisfied. The Dremel was the least expensive and worked better than any of the other inexpensive sanders. However, I eventually could not find the sanding pads and belts.

Fein has a sanding accessory that has the delta shaped head and also has the detail sander attachment with a number of different sized and shaped heads. The different shaped heads use regular sandpaper which you clamp into the fixture head. It is by far the best I have found so far.

It is not inexpensive but I probably spent close to as much trying different inferior detail sanders over the years as I spent on the Fein.

Festool has a new sander out that has a delta head as well as a small random orbit sander but it is almost as much as the Fein with all of the options.

I did not try the Bosch or Rockwell. The Bosch got pretty good reviews.

However, if you already have the Fein power head, I would look at the detail sander attachment for it. It is a great tool.


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#7 posted 01-05-2012 01:31 AM

Depends what you mean by detail sander.

If you are looking for a sander with a small [delta] head that can get into corners for occasional use, the Fein MM will probably do ok for you. But if you expect to use it as a fine woodworking detail sander, you might be disappointed. It’s great for restoring and repairs.

The Festool RO90 is a little bit better than the Fein as a sander, IMHO. It costs more than a Fein with all the fixin’s. However, its rotary mode also gives you a very aggressive sander and a pretty decent polisher, albeit with a small head (3”). It’s a very versatile sander. Festool makes a variety of accessory pads for it…as a system it is very nice but expensive. Festool sandpaper doesn’t cost that much more than non-Festool and it’s pretty good stuff. They also offer a 30 day no questions asked return policy…don’t like it, return it. Note that the Festool slope is a really, really slippery one.

I look at it this way…the Fein is a multitool that CAN sand decently in a pinch, but it will leave marks. The dust collection accessory does work and catches maybe 75% of the dust. The Festool RO90 is a sander with fantastic dust collection that can do a lot of different sanding operations quite well.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#8 posted 01-05-2012 01:56 AM

I have an older Fein detail sander and it works great.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 01:27 PM

For $19.00 on sale the Harbor Freight one works perfect.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 01-05-2012 01:30 PM

Domer However, I eventually could not find the sanding pads and belts.”
Klingspor will make any custom belt or pad for you for a very reasonable price.
I buy all my abrasive product from them and I am extremely satisfied

-- Bert

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 03:39 PM

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