AEG FS140 Palm Sander archive

Friday 3 September 2010

Derek Jones has to hand it to AEG for this power sander

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This palm sander will take hook & loop as well as paper backed abrasive sheets, which seem to stay on board better if clipped in at the front first.

There is a lot of soft rubber on this machine which makes it comfortable to use and it seems able to withstand a certain amount of heavy-handed use. At 1.5kg it feels like a substantial piece of equipment before it is even running. The dust collector twists off so that the machine can be hooked up to an extractor and 3.7m of cable means the vacuum unit won't be right under your feet as you are working.

It arrived with a small selection of papers, 60, 80 and 120 grit, which were enough to form an initial opinion. The main body is smaller than its footprint so sanding can be done right up to a carcass side when working on an interior. I was particularly impressed with the FS140's ability to extract dust from the work surface without a vacuum.

The verdict

It comes in a natty little zip up case that wouldn't really offer much protection from a fall, but provides somewhere neat for papers etc. and for me that's a plus. An orbit of 1.6mm means this sander is ideally suited for finishing and, running it with 180 then 240 grit I can, without hesitation, confirm that it will deliver an excellent finish.


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At A Glance

Comes with:
1 x cloth dust collector
3 x abrasive sample sheets
1 x sheet hole punch
Ideal for working in confined spaces
Hook & loop and clip fastening
Dust extraction, with dust bag or absorption system
Soft-grip on handle

Pros & Cons

Three-year warranty
Very effective extraction
Maintains a constant speed

The Numbers

Motor: 260W
Plate size: 110 x 105mm
No-load speed: 14000obm
Orbital travel diameter: 1.6mm
Weight: approx 1.5kg
Price: £81.08 inc VAT
Website: AEG