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Forum topic by Pezking7p posted 02-22-2016 12:34 AM 1152 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-22-2016 12:34 AM

Well my trusty Skil 5” ROS bit the dust today. It’s not been well for a while, but today it stopped randoming and just turned into a terrifying orbital sander. So I’m opening up the floor for what my next ROS will be.

I have quite a few 5” discs so my preference is for another 5” unit. Other than that I’m wide open.

-- -Dan

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#1 posted 02-22-2016 12:46 AM

I moved up to the porter-cable 5” ros. Its much smoother than the el cheapo it replaced.

My first choice was the variable speed model but cash flow being what it was I went with the single speed version.


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#2 posted 02-22-2016 01:12 AM

IF you have a big air compressor, you will love a Dynabrade pneumatic ROS. I’ll never go back to electric ROS.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Jim Finn

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#3 posted 02-22-2016 01:36 AM

I like my porter cable sander also. Model number 390 variable speed. Mine is low profile andI do not know if it is still available. I got in ten years ago and use it almost every day.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 03:21 AM

I have a Rigid that I have used for 5 years or so. It has been making the precursory sounds to bearing failure so i have a Dewalt on the shelf that I go at 50% off.

-- When questioned about using glue on a garbage bin I responded, "Wood working is about good technique and lots of glue........I have the glue part down."

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 03:48 AM

gfad, that sounds amazing. A quiet sander would be nice, but I think my compressor will only pull something like 5 cfm.

Strong votes for porter cable. Looks like it’s in the lead!

-- -Dan

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 04:02 AM

I have the Bosch 5” ROS and have been pleased. I do sometimes secretly hope it will die so that I’ll be “forced” to step up to a Festool.

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#7 posted 02-22-2016 05:49 AM

I have an old mouse style Ryobi cordless that is all I ever use, had it for years even bought a second one 1/2 price just because but the first one will not die! Try not to sand whenever possible but it has refinish a lot of old furniture!
Looked through the Home Depot Ryobi tools and see they do not sell it anymore?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 02-22-2016 06:49 AM

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? I have a B&D which I bought from Amazon gold box some time ago next to nothing. I is not a precision tool so I am not sure how a 10 times more expensive Bosch or Festool would do the job better although I admit it might.

-- It's nice!

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#9 posted 02-22-2016 02:22 PM

I like the Milwaukee. Variable speed and very smooth with decent dust collection. The Milwaukee seems to leave a smoother finish than the DeWalt or Porter Cable units using the same grit, but isn’t quite as aggressive so is slower for material removal. If my main purpose was to remove finish, the DeWalt or PC would be great. Since the only time I really use an ROS is for final sanding, the Milwaukee fits my needs better and I’ve been very happy with it.

Haven’t used the current Bosch or Ridgid to compare to those.

I like my porter cable sander also. Model number 390 variable speed. Mine is low profile andI do not know if it is still available. I got in ten years ago and use it almost every day.

- Jim Finn

Unfortunately, they stopped production of the 390 a couple years ago, along with the similar DeWalt. Those low profile sanders were really nice units.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#10 posted 02-22-2016 02:44 PM

I like my Milwaukee, I can’t compare it to others as it’s the only one I own.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 02-22-2016 02:45 PM

I have 2 Dewalt ROS’s and a Porter Cable. All work well for me.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 02-22-2016 02:47 PM

I have 7 ROS but the one I always grab for first is the Milwaukee ,I have recommended it to a good number of my students and they seem to love theirs too.


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#13 posted 02-22-2016 03:15 PM

I’ve got 2 PC sanders and can’t keep the stupid dust collector thing on either one. I’ve got variable speed on one and really can’t say I’ve ever found a use for changing speeds. I really like the hook and loop.

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#14 posted 02-22-2016 04:37 PM

I have Dewalt and Bosch 5” random orbit sanders. Both have variable speed, which is a nice feature on small sanders. I use the Dewalt most because it is more powerful and a little more aggressive with the same grit. The Klingspor discs from are great.

This is a good dust hose that fits all of my tools…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 02-22-2016 05:10 PM

I have a Bosch 3725DEVS that I got used from a cabinet shop that was closing down a few years ago, and a new Milwaukee that I don’t remember the model. They are two different animals. The Bosch I call “The Beast” because it will remove material MUCH faster than my Milwaukee. It is probably twice as big as the Milwaukee in every way too. Twice the size and weight, twice the electrical consumption (just guessing but it HAS to be the case :-) ), and probably most importantly twice the orbit diameter. All that extra size, weight, and orbit does have a cost though. It generates a lot of heat, and I have to be careful not to melt the velcro pad.
The Milwaukee does a very good job too, and has less vibration so it is easy on the hands. I use the Bosch for the lower grits, and the Milwaukee to finish the job. The smaller diameter orbit seems to leave a smoother surface.

I have had a couple of Craftsman ROSs in the past. They had a LOT of vibration and a SHORT service life before they quit working. My son has a little Dewalt that has served him well, but I have not used it and I cannot comment on it. And he has a cordless Makita (I think) that he likes a lot.


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