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    Your Thought's On Bona Power Drive / Flexisand Pro 1.5?

    I am waiting for my Bona Flexisand Pro 1.5 to turn up after I have ordered it. I have ordered the Flexisand with the lights and the geared drive board. I have discussed this subject before on the forum, but wanted to start this thread so there is a real place to discuss this excellent bit of machinery. I have heard that this is the first buffing tool that actually competes against the Lagler Trio! What's your thoughts on it?

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    You are right in that this sanding machine competes against the Lagler trio...as i mentioned in a previous post on here, having trialled the Bona Flexisand Power Drive for Bona [thats what they are officially calling it now] and imho it unquestionably does the business just as well as the Lagler Trio [which I had used day in day out for 4 years] so I do know what i'm talking about, but is literally half the price of the afore mentioned Trio !!

    I'm not saying it's [Bona Flexisand Power Drive] a better machine than the Trio, as anyone who has used the Trio will tell you that it is a superb wood floor sanding machine and if used properly, will leave a wood floor in a beautifully smooth condition before either lacquers or Oils are applied, but the Flexisand Power Drive sands floors equally as well and is basically half the price...thats the material point i'm making here.

    I've ordered [and paid for] a new FlexiSand as well and will hopefully take delivery early in the new year, not exactly sure when as I believe they have to be imported in from Germany...has your Bona rep given you a delivery date for your new machine ?
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    No. No date yet. But I can't wait for it to turn up. I have never used a trio, due to the price of them and because I like to stick to Bona tools. When I ordered mine the company the bloke said that a couple of people already bought some and they said they were really good. Hope he wasn't confused with the older flexisand. You certainly know your stuff Gazhugs. Glad u signed up mate.
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    I happen to know that the Flexisand Power Drive that i was trialling was the only one in the country at the time, so it may be that the other people you mention had bought the older version of the Flexisand, I also heard that Bona were not going to bring the new machines into the country until they had some orders :-(

    The names Gary btw, about time there is a UK forum for all things floor sanding, I've had a look at some US based ones, but they seem to do things differently and use a lot of different products that we don't use over here.

    Not sure if the older flexisand model will take the new geared drive plate...does anyone know ??
    but the new geared drive plates aren't cheap and are expensive, but imho are worth every penny for the quality of finish they put into the floors.

    The Trio is genuinely a great wood floor finishing machine, but as you mention they are very expensive, I was thinking of buying a Trio, but I can now have 2 Flexisand power drives instead :-) for less money...

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    Maybe that why I haven't got a date on my flexisand. I thought they might have got confused when I asked them for one.

    Yes that's the main reason I wanted to start a floor sanding forum in the UK as they don't really use the same machinery so much in the US. I think they use the Clarke floor sanding machines which I don't think compare to the Bona machines.

    I hope the Bona buffer takes the Geared drive plate as it would save some money, but knowing Bona it won't.

    I've never had any lagler tools, but the only ones that interest me are the Trio and their edger as its thinner than the Bona one and I believe it would fit under some of those awkward pipes and radiators

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    I personally think the Bona 10" belt sander is the best, i've used the Lagler Hummel for a couple of hrs, and to be honest didn't think it was as good as the Bona 10", its a very good machine don't get me wrong but I feel its an old design which hasn't changed in many years, whereas Bona are always adding to the design of their 10" belt sander, I know its a contentious issue with floor sanders [which sanding machine is best] but I'll only ever buy another Bona 10" belt sander.

    The Bona mini edger is a lot better at getting under low radiator pipes than the bigger 'Bona 7" Edge' although it doesn't have the longer reach, some rads are a real pain to get under !!

    There is NO WAY at all the older Bona Buffer will take the new geared drive plate, its been designed to work with the new version.

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    That's a shame that the flexisand drive board doesn't fit on the 2 speed Bona buffer. I might have to get 2 flexisands then for sports halls and large parquet halls.

    I too have only ever used a lagler hummel to make a couple if runs, but I don't feel like they dig in enough, nor are they as user friendly to use as they don't have an easy to use clutch like the Bona 10" belt has.

    And I forgot about the mini edge. Might have to invest in one of those. I use a scrapper sometimes for hard to reach areas, but I find that hard work and we all want an easy life. Lol

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    You will understand why the new Power Drive sanding plate won't fit on the older Bona Buffer when you get your new machine, it's completely different and to be honest I don't think the older motor of the bona buffer would take the extra weight and load of the new drive plate.

    I agree with you about the clutch/hummel analogy, the clutch system on the Bona 10" is so easy to use in comparison to the Hummels small lever.

    Like yourself I use a scraper [linbide] to clean out and scrape dirty corners and hard to reach areas, but you are right in wanting machines to do the hard work ;-)
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    I normally also use a Bosch corner belt sander for the corners that the edger doesn't get to, but my one is on the way out and I am desperately in need of a new one

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    For corners we use a Bosch Multi tool with a triangular pad to sand out the corners, great bit of kit and fairly cheap, I've not come across a corner I haven't been able to sand/clean off with it, got 3 of them now

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    Gonna have to have a look for one of those. Is it like a triangular detail sander? And does it level the corner as well? Do u have a picture or a link to one?

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    It is a triangular detail sander, almost exactly the same as the Fein but half the price, they sell them in B & Q for around the 80.00 mark including the case, you can buy the triangular pads from a company called 'Saxton Blades' google it, think you can get 3 for 15.00 with free postage, I get my blades from there as well as you can get 10 for around 33.00, not the rip off bosch or fein one's where they are around 18.00 each, the saxton blades are good quality as well and last just as long as the more expensive ones.
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    Thanks Gary. I will have a look at them later. Great info once again.

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    What size disks does it take Gary? Are they the Bona edge disks?

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    Yep for the Flexisand it takes 6" discs, the mini edger ones are fine, I also used standard 6" discs which i had been using on the Bona Buffer, the 8 hole festool discs, they all worked fine...

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