“ Power sander „
We wanted to do some redecorating of one of the bedrooms. Up until now because the wall was a bit uneven we had wallpaper but you know what it is with young adult children they have their own view of how it should be done and wanted it painted.
We therefore would have to really smooth the wall down and for that we would need a sander.
The first sander we bought from Amazon and if you read you will find out what happened! So we went to Wickes where I suppose we should have gone in the beginning.
Wickes do their own sander the 280W Orbital Sander.We not only liked this one because of the price well under £20 but because of the size and that it came with 10 assorted sandibng sheets.
The specifications of this sander is that it has rated voltage of 230V-50Hz, the rated input is 280W (hense the name). The speed is 12,000r/min and the pad size is 227x115mm.
The sander itself weighs 2.3kg and I dont want to be sexist but this makes it very handy for females to use after all why get a heavy one when a light weight one does exactly the same job.
It has a sturdy aluminium base plate so although it is light weight it is sturdy.
To use this sander you basically just plug in, it does have a good long lead, choose what grade sanding sheets you need for the job you are going to do and then fit them to the machine by using the clips provided. It really is as simple as that.
It has a soft grip handle which is great for the longer time jobs.
What I do like especially about this sander is that it takes half size sanding sheets. The other thing is that it does have a dust extraction facility - a bag which you fix to the back and believe me this does work and it saves a lot of clearing up afterwards. It also of course does a smooth job.
All in all this is a brilliant sander which I would definitely recommend to anyone.
Thank you for reading.
I bought this new last week when my old sander finally packed up. It cost £29.99. The sander came boxed with 3 sanding sheets, a dust bag and a hoover attachment. I didn't need to read the instructions because this thing is straightforward. The are 2 clips at either end which you lift up to open the clamps and then when you've fitted the sanding sheet you clip them back down. This locks the clamps in place and holds the sandpaper. I was sanding a weathered teak table and I found that the sander was a good size in that it was small enough to get into most places but light enough to be manoeuverable. It wasn't too noisy although I would suggest if you are using it for some time that you wear ear defenders as it can leave a bit of ringing. I didn't use the dust bag because it looks just too small and flimsy to be of any use. The sanding sheets didn't last very long so my advice is to buy a roll of sandpaper and cut strips to size. I did this and as this paper is thicker it lasted longer. It is also a cheaper way to do it.
The sander is operated by a finger switch on the upper part of the handle and there is also a knob which allows you to lock the switch in place. The lock is released when you press the switch. This is a good idea but the only problem is that when holding the handle I kept touching the switch which unlocked it and kept switching it off which was annoying. The moulded grip allows you to put pressure on the sander and allows 2 handed operation which stops your arm from aching. The cable is about 1.5 m long so gives you plenty of slack.
The mark of a tool is that it does the job and I have to say this worked wonders on the table, was easy to use and didn't cost the earth.
Quick change sheet clamps. Sheet size 280 x 115mm.