Product Type: Black & Decker Grinder / Sander
Newest Review: ... (quite) a bit of cash. This is where this little thing came in handy. We used reclaimed pine doors and while most were really well p... more
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Black & Decker KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander
Member Name: myloh
Black & Decker KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander
Advantages: Cheap and light.
Disadvantages: Not suitable for intense sanding.
And no......it isn't for sanding mice.
It costs around £20 from various retailers and comes with a selection of extras.
- 1x Mouse Detail Sander
- 1x Dust Extractor Attachment
- 1x Carry Bag
- 2x Polishing Pads
- 6x Sanding Pads
From the Instruction Leaflet,
- Input Voltage: 240v
- Power Input: 55W
- No-Load Speed: 11,000rpm
- Weight: 1Kg
- Paper attachment: Quick fit hook and loop.
I'm a bit of a DIY fan and this was a present from my husband because he knows me so well.
=MY USING and OPINION=
To be honest I'd never have thought of buying one of these at all. My DIY projects tend to be nothing massive and I was quite happy just sanding by hand and on the few occasions I'd needed to use a sander I simply borrowed my big brother's.
Then around three years ago we had a massive refurb and extension added to our home and once the basic hard core stuff was done we opted to do the extras ourselves to save (quite) a bit of cash. This is where this little thing came in handy.
We used reclaimed pine doors and while most were really well preserved there were a few that needed sanding down to tidy them up to a decent degree and this little mouse sander was ideal for getting into the corners of panels and saved us hours of painstaking hand sanding those doors with basic paper.
As you can imagine the minor 'finishing off' jobs in a newly built extension and refurb were endless and this sander seemed to be eternally plugged into an extension lead ready for use when needed.
When using it I sometimes find I need to add a tiny bit of pressure by pressing it down with my free hand , but this needs a really light touch (as in two fingers rather than heel of the hand) .....that sounds contradictory, but I mean DON'T press too hard.
You get just 6 sanding pads with it, which frankly I think a bit mean and these get used up pretty fast , but replacement sets are easily available in DIY shops and online. We bought replacements once only. Then my brother explained that if I bought good quality sandpaper and cut it to fit the worn pads then I could simply glue the newly cut shape TO the old worn pad and that helped save a few quid. I love my big brother (and his extensive DIY knowledge). But in truth you DO need to buy 'proper' ones at times too.
The pads are attached to the plate in the "hook & loop" system .........that's velcro to you and I.
This is NOT top of the range by any means and in fact big bro tutted and hummed and hawed when he saw it, but having been in the building trade himself he is used to heavy duty "big boys toys" so something this basic is not his idea of a great tool (he calls it Sis's Mickey Mouse sander.....very droll !)......but it has served 90% of our needs well and I really can't fault it for minor work around the home. It isn't heavy at 1kg so using it on vertical areas where I had to take the weight of it as well as applying enough pressure wasn't too bad at all.
It comes with a dust extractor fitting which I've honestly never used, because I understand that DIY equals mucho mess and it bothers me not a jot. When you are up to your eyes in plaster dust and surrounded by wood chippings and offcuts a bit of dust won't make much difference . May as well clear up a big mess as a not-so-big mess I say. Anyway this is used outdoors a lot of the time now that actual indoor fittings and fixtures have been sorted.
It comes with a bag but it's a bit rubbish. So I bought a good leather "granny style" handbag from a charity shop for £1 for storing mine in and that protects it and keeps all the bits and bobs together.
I'm removing one star for the fact that I found the pads wear quite quickly and they don't supply very many,certainly not enough to complete a decent project in my opinion.
I'd advise picking up a pack of those little basic disposable face masks for use with this because they are needed at times. I keep a pack in the granny bag with the sander. They are available in the Pound stores in packs of ten or more. For £1 obviously.
Would I recommend it ? Yes, for very minor jobs and occasional use, but not for big projects.
Thank you for reading and I hope this was useful~~~myloh.
Summary: A cheap helper for those who indulge in light DIY jobs.