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Ferm Powerfile 400W Case & Accessories

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Part Number EFM1001
Manufacturer referenceEFM1001
  
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ASINB004IZ0BTI
Best Sellers Rank 63,570 in DIY & Tools (See top 100)
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Date First Available5 April 2011
  
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4.1 out of 5 stars

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Gulao on 27 July 2012
I'm not a professional, but I've been through a few of these powerfiles, It's one of the most useful & often used tools, I found this one a lot better than the B&D ones that I've had before, I've had both the old black one & the new orange one.
This one is better & cheaper by far, unlike the B&D (which comes almost bare), comes complete with all you need.
It comes in it's own plastic case(with room to store spare belts),
3 arms attachments 1 x 8mm, 1 x 13mm straight and 1 x 13mm crank arm,
12 sanding belts 2 of each in 8mm & 13mm of 40grit, 80grit & 120grit
Dust collection bag & vacuum cleaner attachment adaptor.
The belt support backing is a steel plate far stronger than the flimsy foam on the B&D
However, the reason why I didn't give 5 stars is, I do had one slight reservation for this powerfile, the box it comes in is quite compact, and it doesn't hold the powerfile with the file arm attached, so you have to detach the arm after every use.
My worry is, all that's holding the arm to the file body is one tiny bolt which also acts as the tracking adjustment for the belt, so with the constant attaching & detaching the tiny bolt may not last very long
This is my 1st review, I hope it will help someone to decide which one to buy
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. Buchan on 10 Aug. 2012
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I bought this for one job to get me out of a real fix. The powerfile arrived very quickly, was well packaged and very easy to start using. The selection of different width and shape sanding arms is well thought out, and having several grades of sanding belt is a nice touch. Just make sure you install new belts to run in the correct direction, otherwise they will snap very quickly ;-)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DiyBri on 17 Feb. 2013
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I was going to buy a B&D powerfile but having read the reviews for the Ferm, decided to order this one as the guides are metal where the B&D are apparently some kind of plastic - haven't seen one so can't comment. Not having had a powerfile before, I have nothing to compare it with but can't imagine how much better a Makita would be for an extra £100. It's even better than described as it has 3 arms, not 2, the 3rd being a 13mm cranked arm for sanding down high spots. The only gripe, in agreement with a previous reviewer is that the spring which tensions the arm to keep it in line is far, far too strong! On first use, there were alloy deposits on the screw threads where it was damaging the threads in the arm. I have taken the original one out and luckily, found 2 suitable springs. The longer one slots inside the other to give a more progressive tension, is much kinder on the threads and still keeps the arm and therefore the sanding belt in line. As you have to remove the arm every time you put it in the case, I doubt that, with the original spring, the threads would have lasted more than 8 to 10 uses before they stripped. Otherwise, it's a great tool, the 8mm belt is great for cuttings slots & can be used for fine work.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By L. Hayter on 18 Nov. 2012
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It comes with three different guides for the sanding belts which means it can get into many areas that require special hand files. It is so much quicker that a hand file when used on metal, haven't tried it on wood yet. It is very easy to use, although you do need to hold the trigger in, I would prefer to be able to lock it on, as some of my other tools.
All is not perfect, I did have to adjust the rollers on the guide to make it run a bit better and to fit the body. I could have contacted the supplier on the guide but 'value' tools do sometimes need a fettle, you get what you pay for.
All in all I am very pleased and glad I bought it, as if offered slightly more that the others.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on 29 July 2013
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The tool itself is not too bad, a little more power would be handy but overall not bad.

The abrasives supplied however are rubbish, the tool was purchased to clean up some railings for repainting however, all the belts snapped or parted on the seam before any real work could be completed.

I have now had to order new sanding belts and I have also got a pack of flap disc's for my trusty grinder which I plan to use for the bulk of the work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By MandA on 23 July 2013
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I have failed to fit the sanding arm to the body of the tool despite many attempts.
When screwed tight it sits at an angle and sparks fly when it is switched on. I cannot find any information on the FERM web site and the provided fitting instructions are very basic. Why could it not have been assembled in the factory? What a waste of money!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mr m hutchinson on 14 Feb. 2013
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The lever for slacking off the belt retaining pin kept dropping out, then the main head would shoot out. Save your money!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Buckley on 30 April 2013
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just what we needed to finish of the job the job, had a b & D previous but this has different attachment, making jobs easier.
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