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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2008
I have many of the Black & Decker 18v tools, this one included. I'm very impressed with the features available with this sander, particularly for the price. The only thing I would suggest is Black & Decker make it easier for folks to purchase accessories, such as a dust bag, by enclosing a list of available accessories with the sander in the box or by enabling customers to order them directly from Black & Decker's website.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on March 4, 2011
BEWARE!!! This sander does not come with a battery. It is the first time I have ever purchased a battery operated tool that did not include a battery. So figure one in the total price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 2012
This tool was very handy at first, convenient for use on those projects that were well away from power sources. I got a few hours out of it but then it went dead. The power wire from the on/off switch is poorly routed through the plastic housing such that vibration pulls it loose from the motor. I have taken this thing apart twice to re-solder the connection, which breaks loose again after only a few minutes of use. After yet another failure I have consigned this thing to the trash.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2012
The main reason I ordered this was, because I have an array of Firestorm power tools using the 18 volt batteries, of which we have 1/2 dozen battery packs. I wanted a light-duty sander to work on some wood putty I had used to patch some gaps on the deck in our backyard and to smooth out some rough edges on a step-up I had just built for the deck. I used this for about 15 minutes on a hot, sweltering Sunday morning. It works great and with the 80 grit paper made quick work of the the rough edges on the step-up and smoothed out the wood putty I had used to plug a gap. With the battery it's a bit heavy and bulky, but it'll keep up with most light to medium duty corded, orbital sanders without the need to drag around an extension cord. This tool is a must have if you need to add finish to outdoor, wooden projects and you already own other Firestorm tools that use the 18 volt battery pack. By the way, this tool like many other Firestorm tools I've purchased, doesn't come with a battery pack. However, you can purchase them separately here on Amazon for reasonable prices.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 4, 2010
This sander is bigger than you might think it would be. Its to bad B&D discontinued this item. It is nice not to have a power cord to deal with when sanding. I have two of these sanders and when you plug your shop vac into the dust port, there is hardly any dust. The casing is just plastic so don't drop it. As for battery life, (which does not come with) I was sanding for 45 minutes and still no complaints from the battery. I then took the battery out of the sander and plugged it into a black and decker driver and drove about a dozen 3" screws, then took the battery out of the driver and back into the sander to finish sanding my project.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2012
This thing is obviously not for big jobs. But if you've got a rough corner or two, or are sanding down a chair or something of similar size, this thing will do the trick. Not professional grade by any means, but good size for an amateur craftsman, and the price point is right on target. I really like the velcro system for quick-change grit paper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2012
I bought 6 recessed in the living room, 4 in the master bed room, and 4 in the kitchen. During the installtion, drywall had to be cut, removed, and patched back up. This was a great sander to smooth out the dry wall, before painting. It's not for large job, but good for small to moderate size jobs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2013
It works really well but within 30 mins of using it one of the posts that hold the platform for the sandpaper broke. It still works but Im worried about its future. I've got a lot more sanding to do yet so I will update with more later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 30, 2013
this sander works great i sanded my hole inside house with it before i painted.is was very easy to use and last long. my house looks great!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
I bought my sander back in 2006. It came with a bunch of other power tools I really needed. Until February I didn't have a reason to break out the sander.

I recently needed to sand my stairs, so I pulled out the sander. It worked great, at first. I loved detail sanders, or at least the idea of them. After a couple off passes on the steps the sanding plate started popping off. I had to remove the sanding plate, put the bearing back in place, then reattach the plate each time this happened in order to continue. What sucked is I had 13 steps, and a couple of grit changes. I ended up borrowing a sander to finish the job. While I don't recommend this version of the sander, Black & Decker has improved on the design. I would buy one of the newer models over this one; however, they are plug in. Since I haven't been far from an outlet while I'm sanding, it doesn't seem to be a drawback to me.
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