Kit and Tools Tuesdays - Mirka DEROS archive
Tuesday 15 April 2014
Derek Jones puts the Mirka DEROS random orbital sander through its paces
It doesn't seem that long ago that we were trialling the Mirka Compact Electronic Random Orbital Sander - CEROS - in the F&C workshop. In many respects, it felt like something new at the time, even though the lightweight concept had been around for years as an air-powered tool. Despite this there was still something slightly awkward about having to hook up to a remote power supply, a middle man if you like, to make it work. I should say right away that in no way did it affect the machine's performance, which, as I recall, was pretty much faultless in every application with its variable speed control and choice of orbit diameter. However, Mirka's latest model, the DEROS - Direct Electronic Random Orbital Sander - has dispensed with the external 22VDC transformer and now plugs straight into a 240 or 110V power supply in what represents a conventional hook-up. It's pretty obvious really and a shame that the previous unit came to our attention with what must have seemed unnecessary baggage for it to have been a runaway success: it was agile in tight spaces, capable of alternative disc options and built to a very high standard. Well, I'm pleased to say the DEROS has all these features and now becomes an even more convenient machine to use, taking full advantage of the lightweight design and palm trigger switch.