Black & Decker Mouse Detail Sander Review

BLACK+DECKER KA161BC Mouse Detail Sander with Accessories

You need some tools in your shed and one of these should be a good sander that allows you to get great finishes on woodwork. The Black & Decker Mouse Detail Sander is one of my favourites and costs under £20 so will not break the bank.

General Introduction

rust removalThis is a great little tool that will allow you to do a wide range of decorating tasks. It can also be used for doing both minor and major repairs.

The range of things this tool can complete is quite weide ranging and covers just about everything from sanding furniture, to removing rust from gates and railings and even to polish up and clean metals

I think what I like best of all about this product is that it is so simple to use. Some of the sanders out there are just horrible to use but this one is simple. It has a nice long 3 metre lead (about 10 feet in old money) and it is fitted with rubber grips to make it easier on your hands.

Using A Mouse Sander

The whole principle behind using a mouse sander is that the shape on the base allows you into small areas that a normal belt sander could just not fit into. It has what is called a tear shaped base, and it is this mouse shape that makes this type of sander unique.

Changing Paper

If you have owned a sander before then you will know that changing the paper on the bottom of these is a real pain in the ass. I think Black and Decker have got it right with this one. It uses a pretty tough velcro system to hold the paper on so quick changing is a given.

To be honest that was the one thing that worried me before I bought this. I would have been certain the velcro would not have been strong enough to hold this in place, but I was wrong. It works like a treat.It uses a ‘hook and loop’ method to attach and you can rotate the paper as it is used and that will extend the life of the sanding paper.

What Can You Do With This Sander?

Honestly almost anything you like. So far I have used it to:

  • Strip paint off window frames and sills
  • Take rust off my front gate and railings
  • Remove rust from an old car that I am helping restore
  • We also used it to buff some old glass headlights from an old car
  • Sanded down some old chairs
  • Sanded down skirting boards
  • Also did about 5 door frames
  • My wife has also used this for some of her crafting projects

Now please understand that this is not a belt or orbital sander that does what I would call the aggressive work like sanding large areas. This will do all the finer and basic sanding jobs. It can handle a decent sized area as well so that should be enough for most jobs in and around the home.

The Sander & Accessories

accessoriesYou get the sander in the box and along with that you get a whole range of accessories which is pretty cool.

  • 2 x foam pads
  • 2 x P80 sanding sheets
  • 3 x P120 sanding sheets
  • 1 x P180 sanding sheet
  • 1 x tip
  • 4 x tip sanding sheets
  • 1 x bag
  • 1 x dust extraction adaptor


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Essentially these are just different pads of different thicknesses which will allow you to be able to use the tool right away. I never worry too much about these type of things to be honest. It is cheaper and easier to buy a range of different grades of sandpaper, and then just cut them to size. You then just stick that using some glue to one of the pads they supply and you will be good to go.

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Enda McLarnon

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