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03-09-2010 04:38 AM

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So these are the three palm sanders I have ( and yes I don’t just have DeWalt sanders lol ) . Out of the three I by far give the Ridgid my vote hands down. Its VERY powerful and gets the job done faster. I love DeWalt as always but as for its palm sander its pretty basic and does its job. But as for the Milwaukee I’m having a problem which I also need your advice on. The clamps on it that hold the sheet in place are just not doing their job and theres no way to tighten them and my sandpaper slides out of place but doesn’t fall off the sander. My theory is the clamps aren’t doing their job but they are pretty tight. Any other ideas? As for the rest of it I have no prob, I especially love the pad on it. Its very strong and durable and doesn’t wear down easily like the others. Whats your point of view?

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 03-09-2010 04:44 AM

I had a Milwaukee and had the same problem so I gave it to Crime Stopper garage sale.
I like the round ones a lot better.

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#2 posted 03-09-2010 04:47 AM

so the miluakee is just a shitty sander to get lol

-- M.K.

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#3 posted 03-09-2010 04:51 AM

You want a good one get this one DeWalt 3A Random Orbit Sander.

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#4 posted 03-09-2010 05:00 AM

i’m not a fan of orbits….you gotta buy the pads themselves separate from normal sandpaper sheets

-- M.K.

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#5 posted 03-09-2010 07:14 AM

just use the sheets with adhesive on the back..put a pice of cork on the back and go it that way

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 03-09-2010 07:16 AM

or throw it away or use it for …well you can figure it out…they work well for back scrtachers…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 07:21 AM

I used similar sanders for years with varying degrees of success, but bought a Ryobi “Corner Cat” a few years ago and haven’t used another brand since. I go thru one about every 18 – 24 months, but at ~$30 a pop, just consider them to be a consumable item, and replace them when they give up the ghost.

I use a 5” DeWalt ROS for heavier sanding jobs, and finish up with the Ryobi.

I loaned my Makita belt sander to my SIL a couple of years ago and he still has it. I don’t even miss it. – lol

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 07:49 AM

in the boat yards ,
we used the whole sheet at once ,
cut it down to quarters ,
and load all 4 at once .
then just tear of 1 at a time as they become worn
don’t undo each sheet ,
tear it off , leaving the tabs to hold the rest tight .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 03-09-2010 07:52 AM

Go Ridgid.

-- Wow, that was easy. Just follow the directions and use some common sense.

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#10 posted 03-09-2010 08:17 AM

Milwaukee Ros is my choice pf sanders/

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#11 posted 03-09-2010 08:30 AM

I have been using Makita sanders for years with not one complaint.

-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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#12 posted 03-09-2010 08:34 AM

My porter cable orbital works great. But I rember wood magazine rated the ridgid as the
fastest for material removal…Also editors choice.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 03-09-2010 02:33 PM

I converted my sanders over to hook and loop, just install sticky backed hook paper and slap on the loop sand paper. Easy to use and easy to change – no more clamps. Don’t forget to punch out your dust collection holes.

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#14 posted 03-09-2010 02:49 PM

It’s a Bosch ROS for me.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#15 posted 03-09-2010 04:33 PM

I have the DeWalt and Milwauke and alway find myself grabing the DeWalt first.

-- Hope Never fails

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