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Forum topic by rg33 posted 09-16-2015 05:23 AM 3112 views 0 times favorited 25 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-16-2015 05:23 AM

Hello all,

Just looking for advice on a random orbit sander. I am considering between the “DEWALT D26453K” and the “Bosch ROS20VSK”. both are variable speed and will be an addition to an older 1/4 sheet sander I currently own. It seems the bosch has better dust collection but many have complained that the surface holding the sandpaper quickly loses its grip. Any advice or opinions from owners who have either?

My primary use for this is going to be finish sanding of projects prior to stain and varnish

thanks in advance

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#1 posted 09-16-2015 05:48 AM

I owned the Bosch, then returned it for the dewalt. I felt like the Bosch seemed a bit underpowered for what I was using it for (more so general carpentry/construction) and have been happy with the dewalt since. With that said, the Bosch was a nice tool, just like all my other Bosch tools, just wasn’t the best for me given the circumstances when I purchased it.
Both good sanders and IMO the Dewalt just has a little more zip, but the Bosch felt like a smoother machine.

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 10:43 AM

I have the 5” Rigid for several years and I am happy with it.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 11:23 AM

I’ve used a Bosch 3725 for about 12 years now and have never replaced the pad. The H&L pads will go bad if you put pressure on the sander, that heats up the pad and destroys the hooks, actually happens to any brand. Hooking a vac to the sander (like mine) will also put pressure on the pad, the suction pulls the sander into the wood if to strong. I had to cobble together a vent for mine to use it with the sander. The more common reco with an ROS is to let the sander’s weight do the work. Good luck with your choice.

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 12:07 PM

I have an older Bosch ROS20V where the pad is coming loose. Goop will make it stay back on the foam backer if I ever remember to do it.
It is probably five years old.
My newer one, maybe three years old, has no problem with the pad. They might have changed the glue formula.

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#5 posted 09-16-2015 12:14 PM

I’d never want a sander I couldn’t hook up to a 2 1/2” shop vac hose. I would also never, ever use a ROS indoors without a shop vac hooked up to it. There’s nothing that kicks up more fine dust than sanding, and it’s fine dust that is the most destructive to your lungs.

I’m happy with my 5” Ridgid sander.

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#6 posted 09-16-2015 12:32 PM

I have a DeWalt, and have been happy with it so far, probably owned it for 3-4 years. I have the low profile version, which I see has been discontinued for both DeWalt and PC, I think that’s a shame, it’s super comfortable to use.

I use Abranet discs with the DeWalt, hooked up to a shop vac and dust deputy cyclone. I can’t say 100% dust collection, because I’m sure there are microscopic dust particles somewhere, but with this setup, it seems just about 100%. Before finishing, I just give a quick wipe with a mineral spirit soaked paper towel, there’s really nothing there. I would definitely suggest the Abranet discs, they last much longer, and don’t heat up and gum up like normal sanding discs. I’ve had the original hook & loop pad on it the whole time, however the Abranet comes with a Velcro-like layer that you put on between the stock one and the disc.

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#7 posted 09-16-2015 12:50 PM

I don’t have experience w/ either of those. I have a Milwaukee that I bought on A1Jim’s advice and have been very happy with it.

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#8 posted 09-16-2015 01:27 PM

Milwaukee depending on which model , Milwaukee and Rigid are the same sanders made in china by One World Technology which makes many powertools under many brand names

-- Bert

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#9 posted 09-16-2015 01:40 PM

Despite the siren song of Festool and Mirka ROS I’ve been more than happy with my Rigid. I find it easy to hold, stable, has good dust collection and is variable speed. The lifetime warranty is also a nice bonus. I’ve been using regular sandpaper but given the comments about Abranet disks I think I’ll give them a try.

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#10 posted 09-16-2015 03:12 PM

I have a Bosch and have replaced the hook & loop pad three times and it needs it again. Bosch may be at a good price point when purchased but I feel that the maintenance costs make it an unattractive unit. Plus in my case the outer insulation on the electric cord is cracking and I can see the different colored wires. Yet another maintenance item.

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#11 posted 09-16-2015 03:26 PM

5 inch Ridgid ROS works well for me. I can just hold it where the cord comes out, it seems to dwell on the high spots.

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#12 posted 09-16-2015 03:53 PM

I have a Porter Cable 5” ROS. It has served me fine for years but then I haven’t done a head to head compare to see what I’ve been missing.
I feel the H&L style is better (versus the adhesive backed) if you swap grits a lot during a sanding job. If not, the adhesive backed works well for keeping the same grit loaded up until it wears away to nothing.

My one comment would be about the variable speed. I never use it, ever. I make stuff ranging from wide shelves to small boxes, never used the variable speed. Of course it hurts nothing to have it and not use it, but it does add to the price.

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#13 posted 09-16-2015 03:58 PM

I agree with Splinter. I had to replace the H&L pad on my after years and years of use. The variable speed, I find unnecessary and never use it.

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#14 posted 09-16-2015 04:07 PM

I have and have had 8 different brands of ROS including Bosch,even though many of my ROS’s cost more I favor my Milwaukee for good balance,power and ease of sanding.


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#15 posted 09-16-2015 04:16 PM

I know everyone here hates craftsman but I have had one of theirs for years and never had an issue with it. It’s a 5 inch with 8 hole dust pattern and hook and loop.

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