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Mirka Leros Review

Discussion in 'The Review Centre - reviews of tools & products.' started by 3 spires, Jun 27, 2020.

  1. 3 spires

    3 spires I like the no nonsense approach me Bar Member

    As promised my review of my new investment.

    First off since buying it I have been in contact with Mirka who I must say have been excellent but I can add additional information given to me from their representative Neil Newbrook about the kit but I will touch on Mirka's involvement shortly.

    Why did I pay so much for a sander? Ok I am really sad and a bit OCD with sanding, I previously brought another German branded sander and with my experience of this rotary sander I came to the conclusion it was really useless for what I needed it for, perhaps sanding drywall filler on site but for my work I found it very frustrating as the papers would constantly overheat and clog up when sanding paint, it would blow out more dust than it would suck up and the weight of the thing was exhausting.
    So in short after lots of research the only machine on the market I could find with an orbital sanding head is the Leros.

    Ok I purchased the Multi volt Leros package from My Paint Brush which included the Leros with a 240v and 110v lead, hose, hose sleeve, 50x p120 and 50 P180 Arbanet, bag for the bits and hose, I purchased a pad saver separately but the Leros has one already fitted.

    In use the Leros is really light I can sand a full room including ceiling in one go without collapsing of exhaustion and in ultra quick time, the dust extraction is phenomenal for a big machine I could sand without sheeting up it's also quieter than using my Festool ETS!

    I have tried P80, 120 & 180 Abranet in numerous rooms at my house it is a new built and I think the site decorators used the Dulux dog to apply the emulsion so lots of excessive paint stipple to get through, I first tried the P120 and it worked very well the P180 also worked well after but really is suited for better surfaces, for my need the P80 worked the best to get rid of the stipple, it is perhaps a little too sharp for the first few minutes but then it worked brilliantly all disks stayed very sharp even after a few rooms I think it down to a bigger sanding area, extraction and the pressure on the abrasive, I know the abrasive is expensive but the amount of area I sanded the cost is well cheaper than using the 150mm disks.

    The Leros is very easy to control the power setting works well I didn't need to have it on full speed an important thing I was told by Mirka's very helpful rep was the 240v Leros has a little more power so it sounds like a better bet to stick to 240v if that's all you need but I thought the extra was worth paying for having the option of working on a 110v site and I didn't have any problems with my purchase. The head is cleverly designed and being thin it got part behind radiators and around light fittings very well.

    All in all I found the Leros to be a great machine but I did have a couple of observations not a criticism but as the flexible \ floating head which is the sanders greatest benefit I found sanding edges a bit challenging this is because most edges are trowelled with a slight curve by the plasterer, often over trowelled the plaster often curving in by use of a corner trowel, so around the perimeter of walls and ceilings I did need to run around with a fixed head sander putting pressure on the surface as the Leros naturally sanded flat.

    The one issue I had was Static shocks and this is why I have been speaking to Mirka I have read about this with other brands but not had this issue before, the one conclusion I thought of was my floor protection being plastic and using the Leros a larger machine no doubt did not help. First off Mirka posted out a hose connector with chain to try, then they kindly offered to lend me their M class extractor that has an anti-static feature that Neil kindly dropped off after testing it out for a few days I found I only had one static shock when working on plastic and nothing off sheets so if possible I would recommend using a extractor with this feature.

    *** Just on a side note I have had experience of static with new Laminate flooring and getting shocks when touching metal I understand that the static builds up in your body and you get the shock when touching something like a metal light switch etc so this isn't dangerous or a fault of the equipment and just a slight annoyance, but it is something I am happy to report back to Mirka about.

    So in conclusion the Leros is an investment I am happy with I was really getting fed up with holding the hose and 150mm sander especially on ceilings the time saved sanding walls and ceilings has reduced by well over 50%.

    Yes its a lot of money would I recommend? yes if like me you spend hours sanding walls and ceilings I don't think I would now be without it even after this short time, perhaps my main regret is not buying one sooner but I will report back occasionally with updates.
  2. YTS 83'

    YTS 83' PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    Great review Si, glad it’s worked out for you. As with these things once you’ve got some use out of it & are saving on labour, getting a better finish the initial cost is forgotten. I think it’s always worth investing in yourself & business.
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  3. barry

    barry PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    Simon, all i can say is, you amaze me. What a report! Thanks for that mammoth type up:doff:@3 spires
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  4. bitzz

    bitzz Born to fish. Forced to work Bar Member

    And Simon did it all off his phone Bazza. :hysterical:
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  5. 3 spires

    3 spires I like the no nonsense approach me Bar Member

    Just some photos with finishes of sanded areas you maybe able to zoom in to see the difference in surface textures.
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  6. Karl

    Karl PPS Tradesman

    Great review @3 spires. It’s a superb machine and I also found P80 best for taking out thick roller stipple. Did your Leros come supplied with the thin pad saver or the softer interface pad?
  7. 3 spires

    3 spires I like the no nonsense approach me Bar Member

    Yes the thin pad saver @Karl I did have a chat about producing a 10mm interface pad for uneven walls I think it maybe a good idea if it works on that size of head?
  8. Karl

    Karl PPS Tradesman

    Thanks for that. My Leros was supplied with the 3mm interface pad which does the job but I should try the thin one for comparison.
  9. Gary scott

    Gary scott Tradesman Bar Member

    Good review .
    Decent sander
    Looks impressive as I’ve said .
    But for me underwhelmed with it . But having plenty of money I don’t mind having good tools
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  10. Painter16

    Painter16 PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    Great review
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  11. Jason Gunter

    Jason Gunter Sea Fish magnet Bar Member

    Thanks for the review .
    Still on the fence with these type sanders but i think that has tipped me in the direction to make a purchase rather then not :thumbsup:
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  12. Buckers

    Buckers PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    Great review si, just one thing to remember is that you have cut your time sanding by 50%, 'but' you've paid a hefty price to do so, make sure you dont price jobs at your new 50% less sanding time.

    Not wanting to teach you now to suck eggs @3 spires, but it's an easy mistake to make and habit to slip into when we purchase expensive machines that make our jobs easier/faster, they are for our benefit, not to save the client money!!:yes:
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  13. ahenrypd

    ahenrypd PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    I have been thinking that this morning @Buckers a local specialist hire shop rents the Gentilin compressor for £120 a week!
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  14. mick partington

    mick partington PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    that,s a great post right there same applies to buying expensive spray equipment if your not pricing correctly for the extra masking / tips / and preparation time and quality your providing you will be out of pocket even tho you may complete the job faster
  15. White Spirit

    White Spirit PPS Craftsman Bar Member

    Great detailed review @3 spires Benn umming and ahing about this for a while due to the initial outlay.
    I think you have helped me make my decision:thumbsup:
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  16. Gazza

    Gazza PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    Me too I think. It's either a leros or a spray man graco gxff21 special?
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  17. RonyT

    RonyT PPS Master Craftsman Bar Member

    Great write up @3 spires and thanks for the honest review. :thumbsup:
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  18. Sara K

    Sara K PPS Apprentice

    Thanks for the insightful review
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  19. White Spirit

    White Spirit PPS Craftsman Bar Member

    That's what I was pondering but with an HVLP. After a conversation with Mike, he put the Gentilin set up in my mind so now I'm even more torn:huh:
  20. bobajob

    bobajob PPS Tradesman Bar Member

    yep had the same conversation with him myself not sure if its as controlable as hvlp and does it throw out more overspray

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