AT LAST - A REAL DUSTLESS SANDING SYSTEM
GOLDEN SHED AWARD WINNER
Mirka Hand Sanding Block - 80mm x 230mm - With Hose & Abranet Strips
After years of testing sanders with useless dust boxes I have
finally found a way of sanding without getting covered in dust.
The Abranet sanding system requires a vacuum cleaner
to attach the hose to and it is amazingly effective.
The really clever part of the Abranet sanding system is the mesh
sanding sheets that allow dust particles to pass right through and then into the vacuum hose.
These perforated abrasive sheets use aluminium oxide to remove material and last at least 5 times longer than normal aluminium oxide sheets.
The Abranet abrasive is Velcro backed so can be cut to shape to fit other makes of sander.
The Abranet sanding system is made by Mirka of Finland who have been supplying an industrial
version to the marine and automotive industries from many years.
The latest Mirka Handy sander - ( sold as a kit
including hose and pads)
The most popular versions of the system are the
rectangular shaped hand sander and 240v mains powered circular Deros
sander. Both fit
a Henry vacuum but perform best with the dedicated Mirka 1025
Industrial vacuum that has a clever blow back feature to keep its filter clean. The
1025 also has a power take off where you can plug in your electric
sander and if you use the auto function button the vacuum comes on
and off with your sander and does not stay on. This feature saves
electricity and makes the whole sanding process less noisy and
Powered dust free sander -Mirka Deros
Mirka DEROS Deco Kit 1 Package + Abranet Discs & Hose 230V
The Mirka hand system is ok for the smaller jobs
but for larger areas the Deros powered model is more suitable.
The Deros connects to and controls the Mirka 1025 industrial vacuum to
take away every spec of dust. There are also speed controls on the
top of the Deros so you can slow it down for finer work. Mirka have
also introduced a square shaped orbital sander for small areas and edges called the Mirka Deos.
If you need a detail sander for corners then there is the Deos Delta sander.
Mirka DEOS 353CV Electric Orbital Sander 240V | with Hose & Connector | + Abranet Abrasives
The Mirka Deos
shown above with the new paper style Iridium abrasive sheets
Mirka Deos delta and Deos rectangular orbital
Sanding sheets - Which are best?
You can have the best sander but if your abrasive
sheet is no good then you are pretty much wasting your time. The cost and availability
of sanding sheets is something you should consider when buying a
sander. This particularly applies mostly to the velcro style pads for DIY models which can be very expensive
if you buy the manufacturers products. Cheaper copies of the same
size are available but always check the reviews to find the best and
beware that some may be the right size but the holes may not be in
the right place for your specific sander.
One of the big problems with sanding sheets is clogging, especially
on gloss paints and varnish. This clogging is made worse by powered
sanders as the heat melts the paint into a sticky goo. The new
Abranet "dustless sanding system" uses mesh to enable dust particles to pass through and be extracted.
As well as this there are many different specifications of mesh
sheet to suit a range of materials.
Black & Decker have recently recognised the
advantages of mesh sheets and now produce them for the latest Mouse sanders.
Do not expect the mouse to perform anywhere near the Mirka sander
even with the new mesh sheets but it is a move in the right
Powered Sander with 150mm Disc
Industrial Vacuum cleaner with power take off
replacement bags for Industrial Vacuum Cleaner (5)
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Best Caulking Guns
Over the last 20 years of running Fredshed I have
tested many fancy sealant guns including "drip free" and even cordless battery
Some have worked well for a limited time but none have
been really outstanding.
Also the standard cheap ones are now such poor
quality that they often break or seize up in use. My extensive research
led me to the sealant manufacturer Everbuild who also produce a
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I am a big fan of their Everbuild Weather mate silicon sealant
as I use it to seal up the gaps around windows and door frames at my
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Everbuild Super flow Sealant Applicator Gun with Rotating Barrel
Everbuild WEACL-EB Everflex Weather Mate - Gap Filler and Adhesive, Clear, 295 ml
The Weather Mate silicon is the most durable I
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shrunk or been broken down by the sun and salty sea air.
If you want a caulking gun for use in tight spaces it
may worth looking at the Saker gun.
I have not tried one but know a man who has and returned it for not gripping his tube! So buyer beware and keep your receipt
if you try one.
Compact Caulking Gun
Use links below for the best outdoor silicon sealant
and also extra screw caps to save waste.
Everbuild Weather Mate Silicon Sealant 310ml - White
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