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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 04-14-2012 06:35 PM 1602 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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04-14-2012 06:35 PM

I have yet to hear anyone say they like the Black & Decker Mouse sander.

I think it’s probably the most used tool I have.

I like it because it’s light weight and has a point which I use to spot sand a tough place.

Don’t get me wrong, it has the power to mess up your work if you try to use it with finer grits, but lets face it, all vibrating sanders can do that.

If you have a piece that needs to have some deeper imperfections removed and you don’t have a planer, it’s a life saver with 50 grit.

And for $34, you just cant beat it.

Any thoughts?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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Bagtown

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#1 posted 04-14-2012 06:45 PM

You make some good points.
I’ve steered away fro B&D for years now.
Maybe next time I need to get in a tight corner, I’ll remember this.

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 07:03 PM

Sorry Russ But you can beat it. The savings on purchase price is off set by the high cost of it’s sand paper and compared to a REAL ROS there’s no comparison the Ros I recommend cost about $30 more and it’s sand paper is far less per disc.when bought in 50 0r hundred disc boxes.It will also saves wear and tear on your hands and wrist by getting the job done quicker and better.

http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-6021-21-Random-Sander-collection/dp/B0012RWCF6
mouse sand papaer $1.37 each http://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-ACCESSORIES-74-586-Sandpaper/dp/B0000302UF
standard REO paper .28 each
http://www.amazon.com/Mirka-23-615-120-120-Grit-Dustless-Sanding/dp/B0000223T7/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1334431205&sr=1-1

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RussellAP

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#3 posted 04-14-2012 07:36 PM

Jim, I have a Ridgid ROS and it simply wont cut like the mouse does. I think it’s because you can put some pressure with the mouse in one spot and you can’t really do with with an ROS. ROS is great to finish with though. The mouse sandpaper is high if you get the finer grits, but the 50, 60, and 80 are pretty reasonable even if you don’t get many pieces. They do last a long long time. I wish my ROS would do the job, but by the time I get to the point of using 250 grit, I’m using it with a sanding block.
Perhaps I have the wrong ROS. Is there a better one?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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dhazelton

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#4 posted 04-14-2012 07:48 PM

I have one I bought about five years ago. I used it once to sand the inner corners of a raised panel door. I went to use it last week and it would barely hum, then it went dead. Tried a different outlet and same thing. Got p.o.’ed and threw it down on the floor. Plugged it in one more time and it worked after that. So if yours ever seems like the motor is dying just give it a good smack.

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RussellAP

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#5 posted 04-14-2012 07:51 PM

Dhazelton- I think yours had some dried sawdust in it. I’ve had mine for about 3 months and haven’t had a problem with it. It does give your arm a work out though, but all sanders except the ROS do. My right arm looks like Popeyes.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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zzzzdoc

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#6 posted 04-14-2012 10:19 PM

I find mine very useful as a paperweight for my instruction manuals in a drawer. It handles gravity quite well, at the usual rate of acceleration. Seems to not move much when the drawer is opened.

-- Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.

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David Craig

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#7 posted 04-14-2012 10:35 PM

I have a version of it called the cyclone. Has a neat little design with a finger sander attachment for tight spaces, and can convert between a ROS and and a flush base. Not an aggressive sander but it fits the bill in some spots that gives me more difficulty. B and D is often scoffed at, but I have a jigsaw they made in the 80s that still runs and they have a modern model that even Wood magazine considers a solid no-nonsense performer.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 04-14-2012 10:53 PM

Jonathan- Yeah, the main reason I like it besides the light weight is the way you can bear down on either the front point or the rear sides. It really eats with 50 grit on it, and if you keep it moving in circular motion it wont dig a pit.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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jacob34

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#9 posted 04-14-2012 10:59 PM

I have been thinking about getting the mouse to get in tight fits with the bigger grits, thanks for the info on the product.

-- so a bear and a rabbit are sitting on a log

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rejo55

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#10 posted 04-14-2012 11:16 PM

Man!!! The opinions about the rat are about as far apart as Dems and Reps. Here’s my two cents worth:

Had mine about four years and soon discovered that, like a1Jim, the paper was “pricey”, but I just buy sheets, cut’em to fit and stick’em on with spray adhesive. Have a DW ROS and a PC quarter sheeter, but there are times that I need something that will get in a crook or nanny that I missed. Wouldn’t be without one.

Have a good’un

Joe

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#11 posted 04-15-2012 03:37 AM

If you like it that’s all the counts Russ I have 8 ROS and some are far better others I have never tried a Ridgid so I have no comparison with that brand.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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