Dinky Sanding With Fine Control
- Air power is efficient and economical
- Flexible easily mounted discs
- Good variety of discs for different jobs
- Handy carry case
Master Abrasives, based in Daventry, Northamptonshire, aims to cover the specialist needs in UK industries for abrasives, machinery and grinding. Working to ISO standard 9001, the company has set a benchmark for others in the UK to follow.
I was sent the ZIPP Mini Air Sander. It comes in a self-contained custom case with all the discs and pads needed to prepare a panel for finishing and painting, for example. This is what you get in the case:
- 3" Mini Sander (ZP386A) 1pc
- Medium Density Holder Pad 1pc
- 60 Grit MASTER Zirconium Quick Change Sanding Disc 10 pcs
- 80 Grit MASTER Zirconium Quick Change Sanding Disc 10 pcs
- 120 Grit MASTER Zirconium Quick Change Sanding Disc 10 pcs
- Coarse Surface Conditioning Quick Change Disc 1pc
- Medium Surface Conditioning Quick Change Disc 1pc
- Fine Surface Conditioning Quick Change Disc 1pc
It was of course the little ZIPP Mini Sander that really caught my eye – it is indeed mini – just big enough to fit into one hand. It feels heavy and robust, with a good quality rubberised grip, a black trigger just big enough for one finger, and a speed control button on the back above the handle. Exhaust air is ejected downwards from the bottom of the handle, above the inlet adaptor, where it shouldn’t cause any problems with the dust caused by the sanding.
In operation there is no vibration and very little noise apart from the air escaping. I also found that it was easy to control and move to reach patches where you needed to work. The choice of speeds also adds to the controllability, because at high speeds the amount of material that can be removed is considerable, considering that the discs are only 75mm in diameter.
Attaching the various discs is very easy. On the back of each disc is a metal nipple with a simple single thread on it. The nipple is fitted to the recess on the Mini sander rubber platen and turned clockwise to lock it into place. Because the rubber platen is slightly flexible it is possible to shape it into curves and bumps on the workpiece, within reason, without the edges of the abrasive cutting in.
I largely used the ZIPP Mini sander to help me clean up some light steel shelves and components before repainting them and putting them back into use. With my trusty 8 bar compressor I found that I had easily enough air pressure for continuous work, even at the higher speed.
The kit comes in a small case which is easy to store and carry. The simple addition of a small compressor makes it ready to use.