Good Sander with Lots of Little Features

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Review by lab7654 posted 06-18-2012 04:33 AM 3937 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I bought this sander after minor in-store deliberation because it seemed like the best deal. I got it a little over a year ago for $40 on sale at Sears. It comes with a bunch of detail attachments for specific jobs. They look useful, but I haven’t really used them. The sander came with paper for each of the attachments, in assorted grits (60-80-120). The “pressure control” is basically a system of lights that tell you how much pressure you are applying. Could be useful, but again, I haven’t really used it.

Two problems with this sander. First isn’t really a problem, but a minor inconvenience. The paper for this sander is brand-specific, meaning you have to buy Skil sandpaper to fit it. It is a bit hard to find, but I suppose a person could rig up a way to use other paper if they wanted to. I’m still running off of the paper that was included. Also, the paper only comes in 60, 80, and 120 grits. This is the reason I’ll be buying a ROS soon. Second problem: the hook and loop bottom on the main body of the sander came off on me one day, and it didn’t look like it was supposed to… meaning that I had to glue it back on. Right now, it is attached with some JB Weld and it appears to be holding well enough.

This sander is alright for little, specific jobs and rough sanding, but I would probably buy a ROS instead.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 08:41 AM

Good review. You bought the tool, used it then reported on its performance. Bravo. Apparently the other “review” on here wasnt …well …wasnt a review at all.

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 01:46 AM

I purchased this same sander. I’m refinishing 8 -8 light windows. I stripped all of the windows free of paint and used a cabinet scraper to remove the stubborn paint left in the corners. The windows are from our house, circa 1850. There were less paint on them than you would think and the windows stripped down nicely. The finish sander was going to be used to lightly sand the window muntins. The sander lasted a day, I didn’t get the first window finished. I took it back to the big box store and they replaced it with another. The new sander started fine and then it was like I was putting extreme pressure on the sander, which I wasn’t, and then finally the pressure indicator light went to red, Extreme pressure ,and stayed there. It finally started getting hot and I just quite and took it back and got my money back. I couldn’t find a good finish or mouse sander and now I’m just using the cabinet scrapers to finish. For me, it didn’t work.

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 02:55 AM

This sander and its attachments collect dust under my bench now, I use a Bosch random orbit now for everything. I quit using the Skil as soon as I got that one.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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