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    What drywall sanders are you using and how do you rate their performance?
    what discs are you using, and what makes you keep using them> (price, finish, durability)

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    i use a flex,,could be doing with a faster one but it does the job.

    as far as sandpaper goes anything i get my hands on,,i would prefer joest as they seem to put less stress on the sander,,but i dont think its worth the money!!!!would prefer the sandpaper to last more than two rooms though..

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    Original Flex sander and Flex 120 grit discs. They struggle on BG joint cement, but what disc doesn't?
    Going to get the new Flex sander when this one dies.

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    Flex witha bosch vacum, dont rate the sander ive spent loads repairing it, drive shafts bearings, a whole new motor! Not hard enough wearing for constant use. Wish i'd paid the extra for the festool.

    Sand paper, just the cheap brown pads 120 grit.

    A bagless hover would be better as the bags tend to rip quite easily and they cost 8 quid each.

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    Porter Cable sander with 3M 150grit pads, although currently using Porter Cable pads due to buyinga job lot for a VERY cheap price!
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    portercable sander well happy with it though would not mind getting myhands on the new flex. 120grit sanding discs from belmore

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    mirka has brought out some fleece dustbags that don't tear like the paper ones, i am not sure if they fit the bosch though, i know they fit the portercable, festool, and alto machines. also the abranet paper is very aggressive and long lasting, but gives a smooth finish, should be ideal for british gypsum materials.

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    used to use flex sander with bosch hoover and had great wear out of both, must have been lucky with driveshaft as it only got changed once in 5 years and had alot of usage. Currently using festool sander with festool extractor an festools 150grit pads and ive gotta say wot a machine!! i wouldnt consider anything else after using this, the pads last well too

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    An electric sander is the stuff of dreams for me, still using the pole sander! Lack of power on sites and lack of space to carry a generator being the main reasons . However if private work picks up I may be tempted to buy one for those jobs. In the meantime I will just persevere with my pole sander, Fran age 23 from Motherwell!
    I notice you are all using 120 grit sandpaper for the sanders rather than 100 grit normally used on pole sanders. Would 100 grit rip the finish to shreds if used on electric sanders?

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    100 grit is fine on a harder compound like BG joint cement oven baked in the summer heat for 2 days. I used this yesterday and wore out 5 sheets on a 3 bed house.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DMS View Post
    What drywall sanders are you using and how do you rate their performance?
    what discs are you using, and what makes you keep using them> (price, finish, durability)
    happy with my B/G sander using 100 grit paper

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    sill got my flex sander and a bosch vacuum,when it bites the dust will look into getting the festool sander.

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    using the Miro sander and Mirka Vacuum. but our compound is so soft i need to use 240 or 180 grit pads on it or i burn it down to the framing. I use Deflex 80 pads to take off texture ceilings, (that is becoming a popular enough service to rate a line on the Estimate form)
    DMS, what is the filtration on the fleece bags?

    I use the Mirka vacuum a lot more than the Miro because i need vacuum on every job; but a (powered vacuum) sander on barely 10%. The self cleaning filter makes the mirka my favorite for dust; especially after cleaning out a ShopVac every two rooms for 10 years. I understand there are other vacuums out there that have self cleaning filters... none of them are sold here.
    "The self cleaning filter" is not an option on ANY vacuum available to me in Canada.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightrock View Post
    "The self cleaning filter" is not an option on ANY vacuum available to me in Canada.
    Can't you get the Hilti VCU 40M in Canada then?

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    Default Hilti admit to NO vacuums whatsoever on pages requested from Canada

    Did a Google search for "Hilti VCU 40M" and The Hilti site was , understandably, first in the list. but upon clicking on it:
    This page contains the following errors:

    error on line 199 at column 139: xmlParseEntityRef: no name
    Below is a rendering of the page up to the first error.

    I can not even verify the Existence of Hilti Vac.'s on the Web in Canada much less buy one.
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    Actually, mine is a VC40-U with integrated socket, not a VCU 40M



    https://www.hilti.co.uk/holuk/page/m...&nodeId=-95945

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lightrock View Post
    using the Miro sander and Mirka Vacuum. but our compound is so soft i need to use 240 or 180 grit pads on it or i burn it down to the framing. I use Deflex 80 pads to take off texture ceilings, (that is becoming a popular enough service to rate a line on the Estimate form)
    DMS, what is the filtration on the fleece bags?

    I use the Mirka vacuum a lot more than the Miro because i need vacuum on every job; but a (powered vacuum) sander on barely 10%. The self cleaning filter makes the mirka my favorite for dust; especially after cleaning out a ShopVac every two rooms for 10 years. I understand there are other vacuums out there that have self cleaning filters... none of them are sold here.
    "The self cleaning filter" is not an option on ANY vacuum available to me in Canada.
    the fleece bags don't have any further filtration capability, they are simply harder wearing than the paper bags and will not split

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    i have the festool sander but after using a mates flex,i've realised that the festool is a heavy old beast.pretty new to the whole power sander thing.always paid labourers to sand.think the poles(i use radius) 360'sgive a much better finish.bosch gas25 sander.

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