Mirka Deros Review
By Mike Gregory
The big three names in dust free wall sanders are the Indasa e-series, Festool 150/5 plus and the Mirka Deros. As you can tell from the title, I’m going to use this blog to give you my honest Mirka Deros review. I hope you find it useful.
About the Mirka Deros
The Mirka Deros is a lightweight, high end, heavy duty sander with a circular head. It’s designed to sand large areas such as ceilings, walls and doors. If you’re a decorator looking to buy a sander like this for the first time, let me tell you, it’s a game changer!! You can sand the ceiling and all the walls to a good standard in an average sized room in about 10 minutes flat.
This sander is nice to use too!! It has a flappy paddle switch that fits into your palm as you’re using it. When you come away from whatever you’re sanding, your palm comes off the switch and the sander stops.
The best thing about this sander is, with the correct extractor, it’s nearly 100% dust free!! You should wear safety goggles as the pad savers have been known to fly off, but wearing a mask is a thing of the past!! Decorating can be messy and eliminating dust from your projects is a massive step in the right direction.
If you’re using a Mirka extractor you’ll be able to set it to “auto” so the extractor comes on at the same time as the sander, then turns itself off when you turn the sander off. Your power lead and extraction hose both run from extractor to sander, so a few strips of Velcro to hold them together will stop tangles.
The only real issue with the Mirka Deros is the build quality. Some decorators will disagree with me, but they don’t seem to last more than a few years. You do get a 2-year warranty when you buy a new Deros and you can register it for an extra year (make sure you do). But you very rarely hear of a decorator using one for 5 years or more. In fact, you see posts on social media from decorators experiencing problems, which isn’t what you need when you’re paying over £300 for a sander!!
How does the Deros Compare with its Competitors?
Well, a Mirka Deros is cheaper than the Festool 150/5 plus, lighter, more comfortable to use and a lot more dust-free!! The only massive drawback is the build quality. I know individual cases are different, but Festool seem to go on and on forever from what I’ve seen.
The Indasa e-series sander is a new contender and is a lot like the Mirka Deros. It’s light, very dust-free, roughly the same price and has the flappy paddle thing. Mirka and Festool sanders and extractors are compatible with each other, meaning you can use the Mirka Deros with a Festool extractor if you wish. However, the Indasa is a separate size, meaning if you go for Indasa, you’ve got an extractor which will only fit that one sander. Other than that, I’d say it’s on par. I can’t really comment on the longevity of an e-series because I’ve never used one for a prolonged period of time.
Where to Buy?
Well you can go online, but I’m a decorator with several trade accounts. I always feel safer making a big purchase like this from somewhere I deal with day-to-day. That way I can just leave them to sort out any problems that occur. Johnstone’s Decorating Centre have started stocking Mirka sanders and can offer extremely competitive prices, often cheaper than you’ll find online.