Can anyone give me any pointers? (orbital sander attachment)
My father had one "when I were a lad", I think it was B+D. I seem to
remember he took off the drill chuck and fitted an eccentric weight...
Yes I've got exactly one of those; but I haven't used it for ages. These
days self-powered orbital sanders are so cheap (can be got for under 10 GBP)
it's simply not worth the hassle of changing attachments. Also, my B&D had
a maximum speed of 2400 rpm; contrast that with even a cheap sander running
at 10,000 rpm and the benefits are obvious.
I remember my Mum (no, not Dad!) buying our family's first electric drill
(about 1970 in the pre-mass-market-DIY era) - a bog-standard B&D job which
cost 30 GBP, a very substantial amount of money then. There were loads of
attachments available, because it was simply prohibitive to own more than
one of these machines.
Think I've still got B&D circular saw, jigsaw, horizontal and vertical
drill-stand attachments as well somewhere!
"Have you seen the new attachment on my drill?
I must have the cat put down because he's ill"
for those that remember the Bonzos ;-)
Load dropped, paperwork completed: job done.
IISTR that my mum also bought a B&D kit which came in a large plastic
case the size of a small suitcase. It had a two speed (gearbox) hammer
drill and various attachments bundled with it. Sander (orbital and
rotary), jigsaw, and circular saw I think. The sander used to vibrate
all the feeling out of your hands after 10 mins use! The circular saw
seemed OK at the time (although would probably feel really nasty in
comparison to a real one today!). The jigsaw was the wierdest thing - it
ended up very long and ungainly and quite odd to use. I think the drill
is still going strong some 20 years later - but the rest of the bits
have been forgotton!
My Dad had one of those. Sort of turquoise-blue colour as I recall.
Actually quite servicable as a DIY toolkit. The thing I remember is
that that old B&Q drills were metal cased. I remember making a
horizontal bench jig for that drill in metalwork at school.
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