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Hello have you looked at the Mirka DEOS or DEROS sander. They are very similar with a DC motor, bluetooth and 3 year warranty
I use this sander regularly. It's just about the only porter cable product that i use every day. I've had it for about 5 years and it always delivers a good finish.
We have 2 of these sanders in pneumatic. Really nice for what they are intended for, we use them for sanding our drawer boxes between sealer coats and sanding face frames near corners that the random orbit sanders will only mess up. I use them for breaking edges with a soft hook and loop pad and some 150 grit sheet. One pass and its done. I really like the pneumatic part as they are really light in weight and we have the air compressors to run them. Haven't compared to the electric so can't weigh in on that.
We have been using 2 of the 3x4 electric for sanding between coats of finish. We used to hand sand our doors and this system does a far better job with less fatique. Ours are hooked to Festool vacs which control alot of dust. You will never look back, have them come by and do a demo.
Thanks everyone for your input
Mirka Deos sander 2 3/4 x 7 3/4" using Autonet strips 25 yards for $28.
i have 3x4 electric, it is real expensive, works well, you have to use correct grit to get swirl free finish, you also have to experiment with backer pads to find the right one for your application
Bluetooth?! "Siri tell me to stop before I sand through ". What possible use would Bluetooth have on a tool you have to hold onto?
The bluetooth will show rpm and the measure of vibration via IOS or Android phone. Included is a set of balance weights
We use Mirka electic (ceros and deros) for white wood sanding. When we looked at 1/4 sheet sanders for sanding sealer, Mirka didn't yet offer a 1/4 sheet electric option. We bought a Surfprep and have been pretty happy. We had to send back once for repair, but the customer service from SurfPrep was good. I think the pads for the sander are a big plus.
that said, I would probably buy another SurfPrep (over Mirka) as I've had to send the ceros back twice for repairs.
FYI if you have a Ceros, might want to check with Mirka, been a recall. I checked mine and returned after 4 years of great use. It had been recalled and they sent me a new deros!!! WoW, really good sander.
We have 4 of the Surf Prep 3X4 sanders, mine are pneumatic.
Great little sanders. It's one of the few sanders I've ever used for sanding the first sealer coat on clear that doesn't make me overly fearful of burning through the finish.
If you want to use pneumatics, just get one. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.
Their little sanding pads also last reasonably long before they blunt.
The ONLY complaint I have is that the screws that hold the backing pad onto the chassis sometimes back their way out, so I keep a few extra. The screws are cheap from SurfPrep. We "could" use some locktite putting them on there but you'd need the low strength version. I intentionally DONT use any locktite on them because someone else in the shop will get lazy and CA glue them in. Don't ask me how I know this.
I've got the Surf Prep 3X4 sander as well, and love it. It works great for my needs.