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Mirka Ceros and Mirka 915 dust extractor

Discussion in 'The Review Centre' started by chris spence, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. chris spence

    chris spence Apprentice Bar Member

    Yes i finally got round to buying one, but believe it or not im not really bowled over by it after really puting it through its paces on a newly plastered hall stairs and landing.
    Ok the mirka basically hasnt got a scratch on the Planex and i will go as far as the 150 Rotex, and i say this has a owner of all machines.
    The mirka as far as im concerned is for filler repairs anything bigger than the average filler jobs in a private property and its out of the league as far has Festool is concerned, both sander and anyone of the festool vacs and ive had 4 different types so i can comment, CTM 26 was my last one.
    im not gutted though, god knows why because i payed and brought it from johnstones paints, who gave me a great price not even TDS could beat so its not like i got it for free.
    Anyway test, i got a bran new replastered hall for my sins and it wasnt the best job infact i will stay clear of any job that fella does, but i had purchased the mirka and thought great this will eat it up and have me home feet up in an hour,*%@"#+,
    I had the worst nightmare todate in a private house the homeowner left because of the dust and every room in the house i had to de-dust :yes:
    It was everywhere accept the Vac, when i double checked the vac cause i thought there must be something wrong there wasnt which upset me further, the vac bag was half full but so was the floor :yes:
    I was so embarrassed, my sales pitch being dust free decoration :hysterical: it failed with flying colours on both floors and i ended up using 2 dust masks and changing my overalls twice and the dust i picked up from off the floor etc i put in the outside bin of the property and the bin removal refused to take the bin because of very large amount of dust which made the bin to heavy.
    All round shocker and im shocked even more by the failure of a piece of kit everyone from here to scotland and across the waters are praising, its bloomin crapola, but for small filler repairs its great, for big jobs and new plaster get a planex or use your hand and sand block..

    Edit: Altered thread title to correct spelling - better for member searches :thumbsup:
     
  2. mistcoat

    mistcoat Colour Changing Cowboy Staff Member PPS Painter Bar Member

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    I thought the Ceros was great truth be told, Chris. I still haven't managed to get the Festool Midi that I want so I had it connected to my trusty Henry with Hepa bags.

    You say it is out of it's league other than private homes. Look at this job I completed in January - Friendship House.
    The Ceros handled this project with ease and even though I didn't need dust sheet protection for the floor as it was being replaced, there was hardly any clean-up at days end from rubbing that lot down. And we know how fine Easifill is.
     
  3. Bertie

    Bertie Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    I would say its either faulty or not been set up correctly - no offence Chris
    I sell 3 of these units a week and I've never heard of it failing as per your description.

    Did you check the inside of the extractor before you started?
     
  4. Workaholic

    Workaholic Apprentice Bar Member

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    I have heard only good things about the Ceros. All the dust sounds like there was a connection problem with the hose. Have you used the 915 for any other tool?

    I would get it checked out to see if it is defective, same with the 915.

    I don't own the Ceros but I own Festool sanders and even the Festool junkies talk highly of the Ceros.

    EDIT: I see what type of Extractor you used
     
  5. CheshireDecorator

    CheshireDecorator Time Served PPS Painter Bar Member

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    The best tool is your hand

    Works everytime
    Realiable
    Never needs replacing
    Totally free


    :smile:
     
  6. mikethebrush

    mikethebrush Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    didnt Andy [ac master]have an issue with ceros which turned out to be the scratch and with some advice on extraction from Aggie he was able to resolve it
     
  7. handypainter

    handypainter Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    I have to say i'm really surprised with that review, we're huge fans of the Ceros.

    Our current project utilises Henry at the bottom of a scaffold tower connected to the Ceros at the top of the tower via two lengths of hose. And even with Henry on the lower powered "eco" mode i'm happy to advertise "dust free sanding" to the homeowner :thumbsup: Admittedly we're not sanding new plaster, but very large rough timber.

    Heres Mark using ours on a job last year with a similar setup and note he's not having to wear a mask. You can just see where the Mirka hose is fitted into the Henry hose at the bottom of the pic.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. mikethebrush

    mikethebrush Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    I was wonering about this extraction and if a henry could be utilised

    my extractor is a 110v hitachi extractor, does the ceros come in a 110v or is it only 240v with the stepdown transformer
     
  9. handypainter

    handypainter Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    Henry is fine with the Ceros and won't be replacing him just yet.

    As far as I know the 110v is available but also comes with the step down transformer, as I think the Ceros actually runs on 22v? I'm sure someone will put me right there :dunno:
     
  10. mikethebrush

    mikethebrush Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    thats handy Handy[ see what I did there]

    my extractor has a feature where you plug in the sander and the extractor only runs when the sander is switched on
     
  11. handypainter

    handypainter Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    I must admit that when Henry pops his clogs, I will be investing in such an extractor. It's rather annoying when you've climbed to the top of the tower, and you've forgotten to switch Henry on at the bottom :headwall:
     
  12. Bertie

    Bertie Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    You do have to make sure the pad saver & interface pad ar aligned properly on the unit, if not suction is hindered
     
  13. Aggie

    Aggie Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    Chris, you don't say what type of abrasive & what grit you are using:scratchhead:

    Abranet do one with punched holes in, which line up with the interface holes, suction is greatly improved using this format with very fine dust.
     
  14. handypainter

    handypainter Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    Good point there Aggie. Abranet is the biz Chris, that's what you want to be using, if you're not already :dunno:
     
  15. tjbelfield

    tjbelfield Decor1st.com PPS Painter Bar Member

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    abranet is king:smash:
     
  16. acmasterpainter

    acmasterpainter Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    As has been said, you do need to watch the set up. To add to the check list, you really need to keep an eye on the filters. Every couple of hours give em a bang out in a bag. Just a bit of clog and the dust can make its way into the air. Also had a prob with a split bag, didnt notice it, that affected the filter...

    Since my mates Pilsbury dough experience, not a false step with this set up.
     
  17. bagshot

    bagshot Time Served PPS Painter Bar Member

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    Just to follow on this thread
    I had a problem with my Ceros,just under a year old.iIrang TDS(brewers)where i purchased it and got the repairers number.They picked it up and repaired it and sent it back in three days,I thought this was a great service,so thanks Asset Fixings.
    The problem on it was it kept cutting out and it's had a new cable kit and grip.:biggrin:
     
  18. Colour Republic

    Colour Republic Time Served Staff Member Bar Member

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    Good point as theextraction holes on the bottom look uniform but aren't, you line it up with a couple of holes and expect the rest to follow but I think there is a pattern repeat every 90 degrees

    Same here but mine developed a wierd vibration that was only apparent when using the thicker foam pad savers. Should get it back on Monday
     
  19. handypainter

    handypainter Apprentice

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    If you have a look around the edge of the interface pads, there are 2 or 3 smaller holes grouped together that line up with the three smaller holes on the face of the sander, this ensures all extraction holes line up. :thumbsup:

    You can see the smaller holes to the left of the pic, the foam pads only have two small holes to line up

    http://www.axminster.co.uk/mirka-disc-pad-savers-prod851925/
     
  20. Colour Republic

    Colour Republic Time Served Staff Member Bar Member

    RE: Mirka Ceros and 915 dust exstractor

    Got to say I hadn't noticed those before! TBF I hadn't looked that hard but see it clear as day now, Cheer Handy ;)
     

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