I was prompted to try the PLANEX today for the first time, largely because of another post here. I have been planning to do this and today seemed like a good time because my wife is out of town so if I make a mess (and I didn't think I would), I can clean it up before she sees it...
Anyway, as you can see from the image below there is a lot of texture on our walls.
I am slowly remodeling the house and I would like to have smooth walls and ceilings so I did a test sanding.
I't pretty easy. I started with 150 Br2 and then went to 120 because it was going too slow. If I were doing this to make money or when I do it in large areas, I'll start with 80 Br2 and work through the grits. You can easily adjust the rotational speed and suction at the pad so that it mostly takes the weight off and sort of floats.
Our ceilings are all popcorned and I don't like it so I plan to smooth them and put in some recessed lighting. Here's the result of a small popcorn removal experiment...
I switched from through-the-pad suction to external though inside-the-perimeter-brush suction for this step. After a little fine tuning, it grabbed almost all the debris.
The most mess I made came when I took the unit down from the ceiling too quickly. It made a bit of a mess on the floor. It was pretty easy to pick it up however by switching to center pad suction and using the sander like a floor tool while setting the CT on Manual.
I'll try to do a more thorough review later including some video but I just wanted to go for a quick test.