"The think I hate about decorating is sanding down - especially walls after they've had the wallpaper stripped off and all the small holes filled in.
I bought one of these because I couldn't face the prospect of climbing up and down ladders all day, rubbing at the walls with a sandpaper block (I never feel entirely happy pushing off a wall when up a ladder anyway)
I managed to do a wall in a few minutes which woudl normally have taken half a day by hand,
Money well spent.
I would have chosen a slighty heavier handle if that option was available, but really, that's a minor point."
"I got one of these after seeing decorators on site using them. They are great particularly when filler has been used on a wall, or with uneven plaster. Needs a good quality sand paper that won't get clogged up."
"this is a great product to prepare walls etc for painting - especially if you have a bad neck or back as you dont have to climb up a stepladder to reach the ceiling. Best product purchased this year!!"
"you'll never beat an electric sander. they are much faster and less effort. that said, if you can't afford a new power tool or are looking to do some manual sanding, this can really speed up the job. it's a strong, robust bit of kit that is easy to use (technique), however, you do work up a sweat using it.
the sand paper is easy to apply/fix to the pole and you don't tent to use much either.
it's a great tool for smoothing out small/minor lumps and bumps on a plastered wall!
although expensive for what it is, it should last you a life time as well designed and built."
Do not extend the pole fully to maximum length. The impressed groove that is intended to stop the pole halves accidentally pulling apart is a good as almost severing the tube as a plumbers pipe cutting tool would do. The stress point this groove achieves in the metal means it's ready and waiting to let go and mine did without much effort. I've repaired it by binding it in mesh tape and epoxy but, even so, I will still leave two or three inches of pole un-extended to support the outer tube at it's weak point.
Buy a one piece pole as a back up or separate items but not this one. 'Professional' quality it is not."
"The handle is not long enough to get sufficient angle on the swivel head when sanding ceilings. Ok if you lift your arms up high above your head, but try doing 145sqm and see how your arms feel!! There is too much free play in the head fixing and it constantly rotates away from direction of sanding. awkward product but is ok for sanding walls where there isnt to much reach."