Black & Decker 1/4 Sheet Finisher Sander, FS540

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The Black & Decker 1/4 Sheet Finisher Sander (Model# FS540) provides balance, comfort, & control in preparing fine finish applications & smoothing rough surfaces to removing paint, stain or varnish from wood, metal or plastic.
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Use the Black & Decker Finishing Sander, FS540, to remove paint, stain or varnish from wood, metal or plastic. This highly useful device is also able to give raw wood a fine finish for painting or staining. It has an ergonomic palm grip for comfort and balance, ensuring that it sits in the palm of your hand comfortably and safely. Each palm grip tool has a built-in dust collector and a dust-sealed switch, making it ideal for workshops or heavy use situations. This 1/4 sheet sander is designed to allow flush sanding on three sides, and has user friendly paper clamps for changing sandpaper. The ergonomic design ensures maximum comfort, even after hours of use, and helps to prevent repetitive strain injuries. Each Black & Decker sander has easy-to-use paper clamps that can be changed in a flash. It's an excellent, functional tool that can help you to get the job done right.

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Important Made in USA Origin Disclaimer: For certain items sold by Walmart on Walmart.com, the displayed country of origin information may not be accurate or consistent with manufacturer information. For updated, accurate country of origin data, it is recommended that you rely on product packaging or manufacturer information.

Use the Black & Decker Finishing Sander, FS540, to remove paint, stain or varnish from wood, metal or plastic. This highly useful device is also able to give raw wood a fine finish for painting or staining. It has an ergonomic palm grip for comfort and balance, ensuring that it sits in the palm of your hand comfortably and safely. Each palm grip tool has a built-in dust collector and a dust-sealed switch, making it ideal for workshops or heavy use situations. This 1/4 sheet sander is designed to allow flush sanding on three sides, and has user friendly paper clamps for changing sandpaper. The ergonomic design ensures maximum comfort, even after hours of use, and helps to prevent repetitive strain injuries. Each Black & Decker sander has easy-to-use paper clamps that can be changed in a flash. It's an excellent, functional tool that can help you to get the job done right.

Black & Decker 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander, Model FS540:

  • New ergonomic palm grip design provides optimal balance for comfort and control
  • Full body soft grips maximize comfort and gripping power
  • Built in dust collection for a cleaner work area
  • Dust-sealed switch protects internals and extends life of tool
  • 1/4 sheet sander is flush on three sides for improved functionality when sanding to vertical surfaces
  • Convenient paper clamps for ease of use when changing sandpaper

Specifications

Street Date: -2209161600000
Condition: New
Manufacturer Part Number: FS540
Model: FS540
Power Type: Corded
Brand: Black & Decker
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 12.00 x 5.88 x 12.00 Inches
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Customer Reviews | 54 reviews | 4 out of 5

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Its an O.K. sander
7/13/2013

Customer review by 1AWG

3.0 stars 7/13/2013 by 1AWG
by 1AWG

Great for the small jobs. Comfortable to use. A bit messy with the dust collection. I have had one for three years now. For small jobs this is a great unit. The reports about the iffy dust collection are true. Here the unit doesn't do a stellar job. It seems to collect about half of the dust it creates as long as you punch the holes in the paper. I think the biggest flaw in the design is that the motor has a bearing on the bottom and a bronze bushing on the top. There is no way to get oil to the bushing and mine got hot enough to melt the plastic support. Black & Decker doesn't have a replacement part for the unit and I now have a bunch of nifty but useless electrical parts. I'm off to buy some other brand!

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1AWG
Southern California
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:Longer than one year
Gender:Male
Usage:A few times per month
Light-medium projects for the weekend DIY'er
5/16/2014

Customer review by An anonymous customer

3.0 stars 5/16/2014 by An anonymous customer
by An anonymous customer

I have owned these model Black and Decker Sanders for the past 6 years and they seem to have a three year life span for me. Every three years I am back at Wal-mart buying another. I had always returned to buy a new one because 1.) the price is great 2.) It fits the hand very comfortably 3.) It works well. This sander is 1/2 the price of the Dewalt, Milwaukee and other sanders. The sander is not quiet and I usually wore foam ear plugs while using it. The sander is also "messy," it definitely blows sanding dust around, with or without the bag. Outdoor or garage use duty only. 1/4 sheet sanders are the best sanders for small jobs in my opinion because you don't need to buy more expensive hook and loop or sticky sand paper-which saves you money! Not sure how powerful the motor is but as long as I use the correct grit paper the little sander did just fine. I believe what kills these sanders is excessive downward pressure or prolonged side loading from angling the sander or only using a corner of it.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Good unit, but no dust collection
11/7/2011

Customer review by Johnsix

4.0 stars 11/7/2011 by Johnsix
by Johnsix

This is a good little sander, minus a couple of things. It works well and I think it's a pretty good value. It does an excellent job sanding, the sand paper sheets fit well, and it holds the paper firmly, no slipping. It has a good grip and can be use for extended periods without hand fatigue. It sits really flat too. That's important to some of my projects. The two things I don't like: 1. The ON/OFF switch quit working only after a few hours of use. I returned it to the store and got another one (no problem). The second sander is working fine. I'm sure I got a bum unit, but it was very frustrating. 2. I bought this sander because it has a dust collector, and it even comes with a device to punch holes in the paper to collect dust. However, the dust collector is useless. It does absolutely nothing to collect dust. You might be able to make it work if you hook a separate vacuum unit to the sander. But, even with it's drawbacks, if you are looking for an economical sander that gets the job done (and you don't mind dust), this is a good choice. I give it 4 stars because the good things about it are really good.

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Johnsix
Texas
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Once per week
Great value
6/20/2016

Customer review by Redhead0420

5.0 stars 6/20/2016 by Redhead0420
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It's really easy to use and very affordable for brand name.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
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Good little sander
7/24/2011

Customer review by Homebodywife

5.0 stars 7/24/2011 by Homebodywife
by Homebodywife

I bought this sander to refinish a few pieces of furniture. It's perfect for the job and has saved me a ton of time. I have found the 1/4 sheet sand paper hard to find, and have simply cut sand paper into quarters. I would never use the sander indoors. It would make a huge mess, but is perfect if you're using it outdoors.

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Homebodywife
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:25 - 34
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Female
Usage:Once per week
Average Palm Sander
4/12/2016

Customer review by Downsfam

3.0 stars 4/12/2016 by Downsfam
by Downsfam

There is nothing special about this sander. It is comparable to most any other sanders you will find, I purchased it since it was a brand name and available when I needed it.

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Downsfam
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Black & Decker 1/4 Sheet Finish Sander
10/2/2015

Customer review by WraithWriterReviews

5.0 stars 10/2/2015 by WraithWriterReviews
by WraithWriterReviews

I purchased this sander for removing varnish on the edges and corners of wood flooring, as well as smoothing out other wood surfaces. It works very well, and the sandpaper is easily attachable and stays on during use. To my surprise, it also came with one fitted sheet of sandpaper and a paper punch. The paper punch is placed over a fresh sheet of sandpaper, that is affixed to the sander and it punches holes in the sandpaper that align with the dust collection holes on the underside of the sander, through which it draws dust from sanding into the dust collection attachment. The only draw back to this sander is the dust collector that attaches to the rear. Dust easily escapes through the holes within the material, which isn't an issue during outdoor use, but can make things a bit dusty during indoor use. Overall, great product for the price and easy to use.

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Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Good sanding, horribly dusty
4/28/2010

Customer review by BDSander

3.0 stars 4/28/2010 by BDSander
by BDSander

Thought this looked like all the others out there so figured I would get it since it is a few dollars cheaper. The sander sanded well and is easy to use. BUT the dust collector is horrible! The dust just blows right through the holes in the bag, out the sides of the sanding pad, everywhere!!! I was sanding a couple patch jobs down and my entire room filled with dust. I had to open all the windows to clear the air since it was like a cloud. I'd say if you are planning on only using this outside and using good breathing masks then go ahead. But personally I'm returning mine and buying one that has a better dust collector.

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Would recommend to a friend? No
Wonderful Little Sander
7/10/2011

Customer review by MontanaAl

5.0 stars 7/10/2011 by MontanaAl
by MontanaAl

This is a great little sander. I am much more a Makita, Porter Cable kind of guy, but I researched a lot and determined this was the best sander available, price irrelevant. I have had it 4-5 years and I so far have been correct. Sander works great, dust collector even works fairly well, but the real issue is that it holds all grades of sandpaper easily and firmly. I don't use this sander real often, but when I do, it is typically for larger projects. I would still buy this sander, regardless of price.

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MontanaAl
Montana
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:55 - 64
Ownership:Longer than one year
Gender:Male
Usage:A few times per year
Sand paper won't stay on.
5/31/2016

Customer review by An anonymous customer

1.0 stars 5/31/2016 by An anonymous customer
by An anonymous customer

I purchased this a week ago and also purchased the official black and decker sand paper. The springs on the sander won't grip the sand paper. I've repositioned and thrown away several new pieces and it still came off. For the 30 seconds the paper stays on, the sander does a good job. Also the dust collector doesn't collect anything. Junk don't buy it. Spend the money for a real sander. Planning to return as soon as possible.

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If you don't know then could you send me contact information or detailed product specs? please. I am considering buying this product to finish my daughter's drywall in her room.
by an anonymous customer 1/4/2010
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  • A. no
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  • A. I am not sure about your shop vac but it fit my standard vacuum hose.
    by glbrew1/30/2016
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  • A. The FS540 ¼ Sheet Finish Sander will accept a vacuum hose which has an inside diameter of 1 ¼”.
    by BlackandDecker1/30/2016
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  • A. No shop vac hose, including the Black and Decker Shop Vac hose will attach to this sander. The small dust collector bag attaches via a round rectangular opening (straight parallel sides with rounded ends) that a hose will not attach to. However the dust collector bag does allow for a significant amount of sanding to be done before it requires emptying.
    by FingersFelix1/30/2016
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  • A. Black & Decker does not recommend using the FS540 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander for drywall sanding. Extended use in this type of application will cause premature failure of the sander. The fine dust generated by sanding will clog the bearings, gears and switch in the sander.
    by BlackandDecker1/30/2016
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  • A. The outside diameter of the outlet is 1 1/2 inch. It will work with any vacuum that accepts that size.
    by 1AWG7/29/2015
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  • A. Yes a shop vac hose plugs right into it.
    by netbracketrepairman1/22/2016
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  • A. Yes
    by Gilly881/22/2016
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  • A. According to instruction book, you can attach vac hose. Doesn't say what size. Try this link to manual: http://www.dewaltservicenet.com/documents/English/Instruction%20Manual/487931-00,FS520etc.pdf
    by Foo005/11/2015
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  • A. I don't. Think there is sandpaper with holes for this sander I think the black pice that comes with it is for so u can put holes in the paper. But not sure.
    by Joe2Cool5/15/2016
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  • A. This comes with a plastic piece that can be used to punch the holes in the sandpaper. Didn't you get the plastic with the product? It's a black piece of plastic with eight peaks in it. You just put the sandpaper in place and then the plastic piece over the sandpaper and push. That's it
    by mdalvecc5/15/2016
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  • A. the little black cover that comes with sander punches holes in sandpaper you can cut to fit.
    by glbrew5/15/2016
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  • A. This comes with a hole punch to make your own holes.
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  • A. A paper punch is included with the FS540 1/4 Sheet Finishing Sander. This allows you to use regular sandpaper which does not have the holes pre-punched.
    by Black&Decker6/26/2016
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