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Random orbital sander preference.

by JerryLH
posted 10-28-2017 07:19 PM


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BigYin

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#1 posted 10-28-2017 08:07 PM

makita – i love mine cost me 55 pounds off ebay with 3 year warenty. takes standard 8 hole hook/loop discs.
has dust bag

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Makita-5-Random-Orbit-Sander-with-Tool-Case-Model-BO5030K/221908354637?hash=item33aac4c64d:g:DKEAAOSw14xWFuJL

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 10-28-2017 08:39 PM

Now, don’t laugh.
I have two Makitas, one PC and and a Rigid. By far, the Rigid is the better of the lot. Quieter, less vibration and does an excellence job.
There are probably better ones out there…for sure, more expensive ones but, when the time comes, it’ll be another Rigid for me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 10-28-2017 10:39 PM

I just had my old Makita quit working, and it was the last ROS I had that wasn’t Ridgid. I gave my sister a Bosch that I had. It had great reviews but mediocre performance. I’ll buy another Ridgid. Decent price, fine performance, and I can hook up a shop vac to where the dust bag connects.

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JerryLH

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#4 posted 10-28-2017 10:43 PM



makita – i love mine cost me 55 pounds off ebay with 3 year warenty. takes standard 8 hole hook/loop discs.
has dust bag

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Makita-5-Random-Orbit-Sander-with-Tool-Case-Model-BO5030K/221908354637?hash=item33aac4c64d:g:DKEAAOSw14xWFuJL

- BigYin

Thanks – just the kind of info I am looking for.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#5 posted 10-28-2017 10:53 PM

I have a dewalt ROS that I love.

-- Wyndell

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#6 posted 10-28-2017 10:58 PM

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#7 posted 10-28-2017 11:43 PM

I love both my Bosch and Makita and see very little difference. Can’t get into corners with a ROS sander, but I rarely use my sheet sander.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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retfr8flyr

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#8 posted 10-29-2017 12:38 AM

Are you looking for a 5 inch or 6 inch ROS. I have the Bosch ROS65VC-6, which will also take a 5 inch pad. I have been very happy with the performance and lack of vibrations from this piece. I have a Black and Decker BDEMS600 Mouse sander for a sheet sander, as it can get into corners well and does a good job for the low price.

-- Earl

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#9 posted 10-29-2017 12:42 AM

Another vote for the Ridged 5”.

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#10 posted 10-29-2017 01:41 AM

+for Rigid 5” ROS. I like the fact that you can hook up to shop vac without any adapters. Works great.

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#11 posted 10-29-2017 02:20 AM

I said this in the other thread, but I can’t overstate how much faster 6” sanders are than 5”.

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#12 posted 10-29-2017 09:45 AM

I have aDeWalt and love it. I really don’t worry too much about dust collection BUT I had to drywall my entire new shop.

FIRST LET ME SAY.. I am NOT A DRYWALLER< I do not want to BE A DRYWALLER and I hate drywalling more than anything.

BUT I took my DeWalt ROS to the dryer joint compound just to see what it would do and MAN I love it.

PLUS what was a additional pleasure is that the Dust collection SOCK as it were that came with it connected almost all the dust WITHOUT a vacuum attached to it. In a minute it was full and had to be emptied but what a Gawd Send.

My old square Dewalt quarter sheet sander gave up the goat last year. I didn’t have the money to buy aROS and a SQUARE sander and HOME CHEAPO had an DeWalt ROS on sale for 55 bucks so I bought one. I love it. Now I got a new Square one to get in the corners

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JerryLH

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#13 posted 10-29-2017 04:30 PM

Thanks for all the good information – I appreciate each of You taking the time to help.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#14 posted 10-29-2017 08:37 PM

This one

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#15 posted 10-29-2017 08:59 PM

Festool wants 10 times more than Black and Decker that I have. I sanded countless square feet with B&D and like it a lot. Recently I thought it would be a good idea to get a variable speed more powerful sander and Got Myself a Bosch Bosch 3725DEVS. It is much heavier and difficult to use on anything smaller than a tabletop. Besides that the variable speed is a gimmick in my books. If you came to the point where you want to slow it down you are much better grabbing a piece of sandpaper and doing it manually.
Oh. Festool like most other overpriced overhyped things ( apple is another example) go into habit of milking their loyal customers by making them buy propitiatory accessories like lightning cable and nonstandard sand discs.

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JerryLH

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#16 posted 10-29-2017 11:01 PM

A Lot of good feedback. I’m glad I held off. The 6” fans made logical sense and I was almost set on getting a 6” ROS. Truth is – A. most of the projects I build are not physically large pieces, B. ‘More importantly’ – I’m an old guy & size does matter – (smaller hammers are good). Anyway – I’m going to get a 5” & based on ya’ll’s feedback – Rigid and Bosch are good choices (it’s not too late to set me straight though).

Regards, Jerry

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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Desert_Woodworker

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#17 posted 10-29-2017 11:54 PM

Selecting from good but less expensive sanders – I would greatly appreciate ya’lls view

Jerry- yes I have and use 1/4 with my ROS. Which is a Festool 5”. For many years, I put off Festool, then I tried the 30 day use or return it for your money. (This is “NOT” for accessories). Once you use it (In your hands) I didn’t turn back. Great tool and worth the money.

Vacumn accessories and abrasives can be purchased from Rockler for the hose attachments- abrassive from Klingporr

Also, you could try the above post products and if you don’t like it- return it.

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#18 posted 10-30-2017 12:22 AM

I got the Bosch mostly because it had good reviews for dust collection. The dust collection attachment to a shop vac is really bad. It’s a plastic connector with an O ring on the inside diameter which creates a friction fit. But there isn’t any friction. The connection is too loose so the hose just falls off. Ended up getting a hose clamp at Ace Hardware and tightening it down that way. Don’t use the Bosch connector.

Outside of that, the sander is really good and the dust collection with the jury rigged hose attachment to a shop vac is very efficient.

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ppg677

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#19 posted 10-30-2017 08:05 AM

The $26 harbor freight one works fine for me. I semi-permanently duct taped it to a shop-vac hose.

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#20 posted 10-30-2017 08:34 AM

I finely bit the bullet and got the Festool 6” Rotex about 2 years ago. Now you can not pry it out of my hands. As far as veritable speed, use the lower settings for the coarser grits. It does really help speed up the sanding with these low grit papers. I use the # 3 for 60 grit, the #4 for 80 grit then the # 5 for 120 grit then # 6 for all others. I have also switched over to Marka Abranet screen. I find it to last a lot longer and this makes it less expensive.

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#21 posted 10-30-2017 12:18 PM



I got the Bosch mostly because it had good reviews for dust collection. The dust collection attachment to a shop vac is really bad. It’s a plastic connector with an O ring on the inside diameter which creates a friction fit. But there isn’t any friction. The connection is too loose so the hose just falls off. Ended up getting a hose clamp at Ace Hardware and tightening it down that way. Don’t use the Bosch connector.

Outside of that, the sander is really good and the dust collection with the jury rigged hose attachment to a shop vac is very efficient.

- hokieman


The Bosch sanders have a 35mm hose connection, that’s why you’re not getting any friction. I picked up a Bosch 35mm hose and it fits perfectly. You can also get an adapter to go from a 1 1/4 hose to the 35mm.

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Blindhog

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#22 posted 10-30-2017 02:24 PM

I have had a Mirka Deros for almost two years and, aside from the cost, it is a very impressive ROS. Whether rough or finish sanding, hardly any dust escapes the vac system and it powers through any job I’ve asked it to do.

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splintergroup

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#23 posted 10-30-2017 04:11 PM

Bought the Festool pro-5 back when they had the $99 promotion. This is the best sander I have ever had.
The ‘regular ‘priced Festool sanders are a bit beyond my price tolerance, but if they ever do the promo again with another model (6” I hope!), I’m all there.

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#24 posted 10-30-2017 04:36 PM

I have many sanders of all different types and makes that I have accumulated over 50 years. None of them have been very reliable or ergonomically sound. The last ROS I bought was a cheap Skil that had to be one of the worst sanders ever, but actually it served me well for sanding off rust from a cast iron machine surface. I can’t afford a Festool, nor would I spend that much if I had the money. I’ve had to replace the pad on my Makita ROS twice and also on my Rockwell finish sander. My PC belt sander does a good job, but the belt won’t track as well as I would like. I have an old Craftsman orbital/straight line sander, that vibrates so much, my hands shake for an hour after. I am still looking for the ideal sander. I understand the pneumatic straight line sander is one of the best around. It is expensive and would require a big compressor to run it. For now, my go to sander is a 1” belt and disc sander which suits the type of work I do. For large flat surfaces, I just go with my armstrong sander (a block of wood and sandpaper); great exercise.

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JKMDETAIL

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#25 posted 10-30-2017 05:24 PM

As for the Harbor Freight mentioned earlier, vibration is bad.

Been surprised no one has mentioned Dewalt. I have the 5” and as far as sanders go it does a great job. Can’t say I love it…...Don’t like sanding that much to start with.

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#26 posted 10-30-2017 06:12 PM

Makita. Got one several years back and it works great!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#27 posted 10-30-2017 08:17 PM

Ya don’t need a 1/4 sheet sander in conjunction, although they are very cheap, and its nice to have one dedicated for sanding big panels before stain/finish.

I hate sanding. THat being said, I like my dynabrade air sander the best, and then if I had to pick an electric one (i’ve used a lot of Porter cables and Dewalts and a few Craftsman’s)... It’d be the OLD version of the Dewalt. DW421

-- Pete

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#28 posted 10-30-2017 08:21 PM



Bought the Festool pro-5 back when they had the $99 promotion. This is the best sander I have ever had.
The regular priced Festool sanders are a bit beyond my price tolerance, but if they ever do the promo again with another model (6” I hope!), I m all there.

- splintergroup


That is a finishing sander, which explains why it is so “good”. The deviation of the sanding wheel is much smaller than in the regular sanders, which explains low vibration and ease if handling. However it is not for removing large amount of wood.

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splintergroup

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#29 posted 10-30-2017 09:11 PM


Bought the Festool pro-5 back when they had the $99 promotion. This is the best sander I have ever had.
The regular priced Festool sanders are a bit beyond my price tolerance, but if they ever do the promo again with another model (6” I hope!), I m all there.

- splintergroup

That is a finishing sander, which explains why it is so “good”. The deviation of the sanding wheel is much smaller than in the regular sanders, which explains low vibration and ease if handling. However it is not for removing large amount of wood.

- Carloz

It is a random orbital sander, as per the threads info request. Better balanced then my PC 333VS and removes wood faster when the need for aggressive cuts is required.

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GR8HUNTER

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#30 posted 10-30-2017 09:37 PM



Ya don t need a 1/4 sheet sander in conjunction, although they are very cheap, and its nice to have one dedicated for sanding big panels before stain/finish.

I hate sanding. THat being said, I like my dynabrade air sander the best, and then if I had to pick an electric one (i ve used a lot of Porter cables and Dewalts and a few Craftsman s)... It d be the OLD version of the Dewalt. DW421

- PPK


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Desert_Woodworker

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#31 posted 10-31-2017 01:28 AM


Bought the Festool pro-5 back when they had the $99 promotion. This is the best sander I have ever had.
The regular priced Festool sanders are a bit beyond my price tolerance, but if they ever do the promo again with another model (6” I hope!), I m all there.

- splintergroup

That is a finishing sander, which explains why it is so “good”. The deviation of the sanding wheel is much smaller than in the regular sanders, which explains low vibration and ease if handling. However it is not for removing large amount of wood.

- Carloz

It is a random orbital sander, as per the threads info request. Better balanced then my PC 333VS and removes wood faster when the need for aggressive cuts is required.

- splintergroup

+1

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000

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#32 posted 10-31-2017 01:37 AM

Tried the Festool 99.00 promo sander.
Still like the feel and comport of my Mirka pneumatic sander better.
Speed control is a must in my opinion. I change it all the time depending on what I’m sanding.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#33 posted 10-31-2017 02:14 AM

Jbay those Mirka’s are the best ROS

¼ sheet sanders- I started with a Dewalt 412, made in America, palm sander, works but it needs some fixin

Then, I tried the HD name brand ¼” sheet sanders- I tried them all and my HFreight is my way to go.

ASIDE:
Does anybody know or have knowledge- if the Festool 5” ROS $99 is the same as the $199 model?

-- Desert_Woodworker

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coxhaus

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#34 posted 10-31-2017 05:02 AM

I sure like my Bosch 3725 and 3727 sanders. In fact I did not sign up for the Festool $99 sander because I did not think I needed a third good sander.

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