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    Default small detail sander

    Are any of you using and happy with a small detail sander? I need to get into a recess the size of a business card... I've been using a block of wood with PSA sandpaper epoxied to a cheep palm sander. I've burned it up and am looking for a replacement...

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    I have a Fein detail sander. Been at least 15 years. Still runs perfectly and sands well.

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    David

    I know that Fein makes durable tools and the detail sander was spoken well of in a previous thread here... Do they make a head small enough to fit into a business card size recess?

    SG

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    Steve, I have this Festool detail sander and I can get it in most anywhere. (Mine is actually the DTS EQ Plus, don't know if there's any difference there.)
    I've burned up a pile of little sanders, and I saw these being demo'd at Hartville Hardware. Once I tried it, I was sold.
    It hooks right up to my Festool Vac and I haven't sucked a lick of sanding dust since. It really is a beautiful thing, even if the pricetag is completely ridiculous.

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    The starndard sized pad would not fit. You can modify the sanding head with a jig saw. There are also various premade heads that you can purchase.

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    Festool Pad Size 4" x 6"(100 x 150 mm)

    A business card is 2"X 3.5"

    Still looking!

    SG

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    I found the Kent sanding finger and it looks like it might work.. I cant verify the dimensions however... http://www.amazon.com/Sanding-Multi-Max-Multimaster-Craftsman-Milwaukee/dp/B004UJBFY2/ref=pd_cp_hi_1

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    Steve,
    I've used a Porter Cable detail sander for years, with good results. the reason I chose that tool over the Feins, and Festools was because you get a bunch of different sanding profiles with the tool and it's VERY easy to cobble up custom pieces of rubber that will easily attach to it's body. NO proprietary add ons are necessary.It is very handy to get into those difficult places on a boat that won't accommodate other sanders. BUT I have never used it for 100%duty cycle type of work where I did batches of parts all day long. Maybe if someone else on the Forum has run it all day they can comment on it's performance.
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    I have the Fein but have used the Harbor Freight unit also It is a lot cheaper than the Fein but it does the job. Don't want to take a $300 tool to a trade show where it would be the target of theft do I got the $20 HF unit.

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    The Festool Deltex is the only one that works. Mine has been a lifesaver.

    http://www.festoolusa.com/products/s...er-567856.html
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