BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander – What a great piece of kit

Says what it is nice litte sander.

Does exactly as described good prduct.

Not an expert at using one of these but i have always done well buying b&d, decided to restore an old side unit and bought this. It arrived quickly, when i got to using it, i found it had plenty of power and was easy to control, the sanding was good and quick, very happy.

  • fiesty little blighter
  • The dust bag is a waste of space
  • For my job I’d have been better with a different design

All in all a very good sander, used it to sand the paint of my car, the discs that come with it did the job although i would recommend getting another set of assorted discs. Occasionally the discs flew off the sander but this was us usually because they weren’t on properly. The dust collector is very good. Only real issue is how overpowered it is for its size, as a result of this it can be fairly noisy and can make your hands feel slightly uncomfortable.

I was really surprised upon receiving this, i’m an amateur bench joiner and needed a decent orbital sander but had no money to spend so i took a chance on this one as the price was fantastic. It really reminded me of the ‘old school’ black and decker and their superior quality- very very good. I have been disappointed in them in recent years but looks like they’ve made a u-turn.

Features of BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

  • High quality finish
  • Fast material removal
  • Palm grip
  • Dust bag included

Good basic sander, fits the bill for what i wanted, low priced, easy to use , my only complaint would be the very short cable.

Very powerful and effective in the hands of someone with the muscle to control it effectively. Saved me bags of time sanding down my walls before painting. The dust bag is a waste of space, but with a vaccuum cleaner plugged into the back it works like a dream and leaves almost no dust (on my projects at least). The vaccuum cleaner also acts as a useful handle to help keep this beast under control.

Only used once so far and does the job well.

Fantastic tool recomend to all.

Much better than a palm sander. Sometimes the disc flies off, but it works nicely.

It sands well and is easy to control and move about but the dust bag doesn’t capture any of the dust so you’ll be covered in it as i was.

Superb bit of kit bought to sand down garden furniture did the job great would recommend to anyone great little tool.

Could be an expensive way of sanding.

Excellent random orbit sander, has a lot of power, does exactly what you would expect it to do. Great quality would recommend.

Useful tool for not too large, medium sized, area, i used it to take varnished garden furniture down quickly to the bare wood. Also used to grind a little off door bottom and edge which were catching,.

Great product, saved a humongous amount of time on a sunday. Yes, the disc do fly off after a fair amount of use but this is down to the discs and not the sander. One fault is the extractor bag isn’t secure and enjoyed falling away from the body, for this reason i give 4 stars.

So far used on garden furniture which it brought back to almost original.

Great product worked like a dream (until some thief nicked it from my garage).

For the price, this is a great little sander. Definitely compares to some of the £100 models. Two things i would say are that it vibrates quite a bit so its not the most comfortable to use for long periods of time but you can do 10mins quite comfortably. Also, the dust extraction isn’t particularly good. But as i said its about a quarter of the price of those such as dewalt and it does the job.

This tool is small in size, but handles jobs large or small with ease. For those looking for an entry level sander for a multitude of jobs, look no further – the build quality is fantastic, the motor is powerful and (perhaps most importantly) it is designed well ergonomically – it just fits the jobs you need it for and the way you need to use it.

Too noisy albeit reasonably effective. Can’t use for long periods unless you hate your neighbours.

Powerful sander suited for sanding large flat surfaces. For my job i’d have been better with a different design, as when you lift this one off the work the sanding disc spins up quite fast. Then applying this to the edge of a sheet (about 1/2′ material) can be tricky.

Way overpowered for its size,badly balanced,it can gouge worse than a belt sander with 80 grit on board,the disc guard can fly off with massive force- (it cut me a good un)it develops rpms way too quickly when lifted off the work surface at all,and the cable is too short. For round the house hobby stuff?. Brilliant -cheap as chips and will do a lot of work-my advice?. Cut he guard off as soon as it starts even looking like it might be coming loose when you are working-keep it on the piece at all times and never even think about starting it without the disk pressed firmly into what you are sanding- unless you need a low torque super high speed rotary finishing/sanding wheel that is- and boy does it get up to speed fast- hence the gouges. In both the mahogany and my hand when the guard came offits lots of tool for little money -maybe i got a bad one with nasty balance characteristics -but it seemed to be a symptom of 230w being put through too small a radius and too little weight spreading across the disc-(all on the shaft) it behaved more like an lightweight angle grinder than a sander-maybe i got a bad one with nasty balance characteristics -but maybe you could too- be careful as always with all powertoolsso. You get what you pay for- in this case efficiency, overall componentry and value is a win, safety, finesse, disc guard coupling integrity and in my case at least, balance too is fail. But im used to the odd skinned knuckle.

One thought on “BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander – What a great piece of kit

  1. Cant get the sanding disks to stay on. Fly off as soon as machine started.
  2. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    At first these are realy good but only last about a yearthis is my second but now this has broken. In my opinion the motor is to powerful for the base then the bottom plate spins but not randomly.
    1. At first these are realy good but only last about a yearthis is my second but now this has broken. In my opinion the motor is to powerful for the base then the bottom plate spins but not randomly.
  3. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    Powerful sander suited for sanding large flat surfaces. For my job i’d have been better with a different design, as when you lift this one off the work the sanding disc spins up quite fast. Then applying this to the edge of a sheet (about 1/2″ material) can be tricky.
  4. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    Powerful sander suited for sanding large flat surfaces. For my job i’d have been better with a different design, as when you lift this one off the work the sanding disc spins up quite fast. Then applying this to the edge of a sheet (about 1/2″ material) can be tricky.
    1. The sanding discs slipped right off after few seconds of sanding.
  5. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    The sanding discs slipped right off after few seconds of sanding.
  6. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    Once i worked out the best way to attach the disc i found it ok.
    1. This is an attractive little machine, and i liked it. But a problem developed the second time of using it, and it is not entirely clear to me whether it is the machine or the sanding discs. Suddenly the discs stopped holding to the machine, and repeatedly flew off. This continued as i used new discs. Others have reported the same problem in reviews and in answers to a question i posted. The discs i used included those which came with the sander and two packs i ordered at the same time. So in other words a variety of sander discs were used. I have seen postings which blame the machine’s velcro side of things, and others which blame the same thing on poorly made discs. The sander is now being returned to amazon for a refund, and i left puzzled about the cause and how to find a sander (and discs) which do what they are meant to do.
      1. This is an attractive little machine, and i liked it. But a problem developed the second time of using it, and it is not entirely clear to me whether it is the machine or the sanding discs. Suddenly the discs stopped holding to the machine, and repeatedly flew off. This continued as i used new discs. Others have reported the same problem in reviews and in answers to a question i posted. The discs i used included those which came with the sander and two packs i ordered at the same time. So in other words a variety of sander discs were used. I have seen postings which blame the machine’s velcro side of things, and others which blame the same thing on poorly made discs. The sander is now being returned to amazon for a refund, and i left puzzled about the cause and how to find a sander (and discs) which do what they are meant to do.
  7. Excellent little sander, very easy to use. Could have done with a few extra sanding discs. Over all a very handy little tool.
    1. Excellent little sander, very easy to use. Could have done with a few extra sanding discs. Over all a very handy little tool.
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    Brutal, unbalanced, violent. Serves me right for buying cheap.
    1. I expected more and it is over a year old so cant return it now. It was used to sand wood and smooth out plaster so did get very dusty. The outlet for the dust just does not do the job properley either.
  9. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    I expected more and it is over a year old so cant return it now. It was used to sand wood and smooth out plaster so did get very dusty. The outlet for the dust just does not do the job properley either.
    1. I got this as a present for christmas and only just got it out to use and cant get the pads to stick. Every time i start using it it works for about 10-30 seconds then they fly off i even went and got some more just incase it was a bad batch but the aame thing happened. Well i think its a little late to send it back but i will be trying or any help someone could give me would be appretiated but i’m sure i have done everything right.
      1. I got this as a present for christmas and only just got it out to use and cant get the pads to stick. Every time i start using it it works for about 10-30 seconds then they fly off i even went and got some more just incase it was a bad batch but the aame thing happened. Well i think its a little late to send it back but i will be trying or any help someone could give me would be appretiated but i’m sure i have done everything right.
  10. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    Sanding discs fall off whilst sanding after about 30 seconds, and the dust collector bag also flies off. Don’t waste your time with it, buy a non-orbital that uses sanding sheets and has a clamp. Velcro to attach a high vibration rotating sanding disc?. What nonsense, what kind of idiot thought that up.
  11. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    Sanding discs fall off whilst sanding after about 30 seconds, and the dust collector bag also flies off. Don’t waste your time with it, buy a non-orbital that uses sanding sheets and has a clamp. Velcro to attach a high vibration rotating sanding disc?. What nonsense, what kind of idiot thought that up.
    1. Bought from amazon a few months ago, and have been using this for some fairly heavy paint removal. So far it has been very successful. Amazing amount of power, as noted in other reviews. Pro:excellent valuepowerful for a cheap toolwill handle most diy jobscon:excess power causes velcro on sanding discs to get worn out really quickly on heavier sanding jobs, meaning the disc may come unattached, usually before the grit is worn out. Not very refined, and a fair amount of vibration, so can get tiring to use. Compared to a higher spec tool like a makita, this one will take it out of youoverall: good for the money, you won’t go too far wrong with this. But if you want refinement and precision you might need to pay a few quid more.
  12. This review is from : BLACK+DECKER KA198 230 V 125 mm Random Orbit Sander, 260 W

    Bought from amazon a few months ago, and have been using this for some fairly heavy paint removal. So far it has been very successful. Amazing amount of power, as noted in other reviews. Pro:excellent valuepowerful for a cheap toolwill handle most diy jobscon:excess power causes velcro on sanding discs to get worn out really quickly on heavier sanding jobs, meaning the disc may come unattached, usually before the grit is worn out. Not very refined, and a fair amount of vibration, so can get tiring to use. Compared to a higher spec tool like a makita, this one will take it out of youoverall: good for the money, you won’t go too far wrong with this. But if you want refinement and precision you might need to pay a few quid more.
    1. As mentioned by other reviewers, this is a powerful little beast. I try and turn it off asap after i remove it from the wood as it feels like it will keep reeving ,faster and faster ,till it will shake itself to pieces (it feels sold enough though). The dust bag is a waste of time, though there is an attachement for the vacuum cleaner (didn’t fit my vacuum cleaner hose tight enough so i had to tape to hold it on. It did reduce the dust considerably using this method). My main problem (despite forking out extra for the more expensive bosch £10 assorted sanding pads)is the velcro method of holding the pads on. Some of these are flying off after 5 minutes. The pads are still in perfectly good order but are no longer useable once they won’t stick to the sander. On one occasion i didn’t even know the sand paper had flown off (was using a brand new piece of sandpaper & sanding the top of a door frame , above my head). So the end result was the pad of the unit was rubbing against the wood for a minute or two.
      1. As mentioned by other reviewers, this is a powerful little beast. I try and turn it off asap after i remove it from the wood as it feels like it will keep reeving ,faster and faster ,till it will shake itself to pieces (it feels sold enough though). The dust bag is a waste of time, though there is an attachement for the vacuum cleaner (didn’t fit my vacuum cleaner hose tight enough so i had to tape to hold it on. It did reduce the dust considerably using this method). My main problem (despite forking out extra for the more expensive bosch £10 assorted sanding pads)is the velcro method of holding the pads on. Some of these are flying off after 5 minutes. The pads are still in perfectly good order but are no longer useable once they won’t stick to the sander. On one occasion i didn’t even know the sand paper had flown off (was using a brand new piece of sandpaper & sanding the top of a door frame , above my head). So the end result was the pad of the unit was rubbing against the wood for a minute or two.
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    Completely out of control speed, about the only use i could see for this machine would be for sanding a tree trunk.
    1. Completely out of control speed, about the only use i could see for this machine would be for sanding a tree trunk.

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