Rated 2 out of 5Â by Aldi76 2nd one just failed...
As a big fan of the Titan range I was highly impressed with this sander - it did exactly what I wanted it to and made the tedious task of sanding walls, ceilings and wood a pleasure, however my first sander failed after 9 months - it had a fair bit of use in a home improvement project but not enough to warrant it failing.
As per the Titan 2 year warranty I had the sander replaced with absolutely no fuss at my local store, unfortunately the replacement has now failed with exactly the same fault (bearing collapse? vibrates wildly and sounds like gravel in a washing machine!), this one has barely seen any use.
I've lost confidence in this as a product and would recommend putting a few quid more in for another brand. As for the Titan brand itself, my other tools have done a sterling job and more than earned their keep but i'm afraid this random orbital sander really doesn't stand up to the job!
18 Oct 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SammyK Just saying it again ... Ace
Bought this on basis of reviews and they are not wrong. Sturdy, powerful and versatile, I have used this to do both rough to fine fine sand, works really well. Dust collection really efficient too. I'm sure if I'd paid Â£50 more I would not have got a much better sander.
24 Sep 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Fisher37 Does the job
For the price, it is excellent.
However, on day eight of sanding down the hull of my boat, I was thinking about writing a totally positive review, when the sander started vibrating. Next thing, it's gone into self destruct, bits flying in all directions. Gathered them all up and reassembled the sander, but got a repeat performance two minutes later.
The threads in the alloy plate that the pad screws onto had stripped.
Contacted Screwfix, no problems, immediate assisstance and a new sander. Happy to recommend the product, as until it went into kit form, it had performed well. I now have a new sander with the guarantee reset to 12 months.
With the wisdom of hindsight, I would have bought the 150mm version rather than 125mm. Also found that with the dust bag fitted, the motor got far too hot, so just use the vacuum hose adaptor to direct the dust away.
Top accessory is the soft interface pad which fits between the pad and the discs - avoids flat spots when working on curved surfaces. Doesn't appear to be in the Screwfix catalogue, mine was sourced from my local car body repair suppies shop.
22 Aug 2014
Rated 2 out of 5Â by eyedee Poorly designed orbital sander
As a real DIY enthusiast I've purchased lots of tools from many manufacturers over the years. In general I've learned how and when to save money and often buy lower cost items that work well. In this instance the saying "buy cheap, buy twice" is totally relevant.
Titan tend to make some great kit at competitive prices, but if you want a decent sander that performs well and lasts look elsewhere. All the other very positive reviews persuaded me to try this orbital sander and on first look it appears to be a well made and well priced item. But after just a couple hours use I discovered that the sander has not been well designed.
The random sanding movement is not smooth and puts additional strain on your arms and wrist. Titan have not designed the machine to vibrate at a decent frequency meaning the noise it makes is atrocious. It's almost twice as loud as my other larger orbital sander. The sawdust collection device is a complete failure. It is a hard plastic box with a collection bag inside. It's fiddly to open and empty and the bag can get caught in the latch of the plastic housing making it very difficult to open again. But the biggest failure was that the collection box began undoing itself with the vibrations caused by the sander. Finally, after a couple of hours the plastic lugs that connect the dust collector sheared off rendering the product useless.
If you're a light DIY'er and want to use an orbital sander once every 6 months to sand a couple pieces of wood then this machine will do the job and will probably last you a few years. If you want to sand any more than that and know the difference between cheap and quality tools then look for another orbital sander.
5 Aug 2014