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12-29-2010 11:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: sander

Ok everyone, I am in the market for a new Random Orbital Sander, my pos B&D one just died. I do not have the budget to go all the way and get the festool one so I am torn between

The Ridgid


The Milwaukee

Price points on the 2 are the same.

Any and all suggestions welcome….. Well except for those that say get the Festool, cause that just is not in the cards.

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#1 posted 12-30-2010 02:29 AM

I like my DeWalt 5” ROS. It’s been a workhorse for about three years and still goes strong.

-- Adversity doesn't build reveals it.

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 02:48 AM

I have Porter Cable one that I Really like but I think they are a bit over priced

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 02:57 AM

I have the Milwaukee and it is a great tool. Feels good in the hand and has a lot of speed settings if needed. i don’t think you would be disappointed if you got it.

-- Guy Kroll

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 03:45 PM

Thanks for the input.

Guy I am leaning towards the Milwaukee myself I think. Longer warranty for one reason.

Also I have an old Milwaukee Router that I do all of my free hand work with. I got it used and I have had it for 10 years and it still performs like a champ. Have not even had to replace the brushes. I also have the Port-A-Band from Milwaukee and that is a nice little luxury to have.

My main 3 stationary tools are all Ridgid and that is why I even looked at that one. Then noticed the price was the same on them.

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#5 posted 12-30-2010 04:03 PM

I would give you my advice on ROSs but I see in your last sentence that my advice would not be welcomed.

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

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 04:22 PM


LOL I just wish I had it in the budget to get some festool itmes, but are they really THAT good??

Thanks for the comment

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 04:23 PM

I have a Porter Cable 6” and a Bosch 5” They both work well, but the Bosch is a little smaller and I tend to use it the most. It also has dust collection. I would think the Bosch is about the same price range as the ones you listed. I got it at Lowes for around $70.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 04:26 PM

People will not want to here this, but I have been using the same one for over 6 years from Harbor Freight, I think I paid with the coupon about 10.00$

-- Ray

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#9 posted 12-30-2010 04:33 PM

I have the Ridgid 5” and love it. Very comfortable to hold. The slow start is a nice feature too and it does a pretty good job at dust collection.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#10 posted 12-30-2010 04:35 PM

The B&D one went toast in a little over a year. There is no way I would think a HF one would last me. Mind you it was the cheapest B&D ROS I could find at the time. Money was way tighter back then.

This year I got Christmas bucks to spend so I am trying to get an upgrade.

Snowy, the bosch that you use, is it the one that has been reviewed several times on here? I was looking at that one as well, but it is not varible speed. Is that an issue? Also the motor is slightly smaller and so is the weight. While I do not want a sander that weighs a ton, some heft is needed right?

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#11 posted 12-30-2010 04:40 PM

I cast my vote for the 5” Ridgid. I have 2 of them, and work them real hard. I build Ipe decks, and I sand every one of them with the Ridgid. You can’t slow them down, even with a lot of pressure.
The dust collection is great. Amazing how the dust gets packed into the bag.
I believe they have 12’ cords, which is nice, and the plug has a sander icon on it, so you know which plug to unplug. The plug also lights when it’s plugged in.
I have the variable speed version, but I don’t ever slow it down.
It comes with a hook and loop pad, and a pad for PSA backed disks too.

No, I don’t work for Ridgid…just a happy customer.

-- Steve--

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#12 posted 12-30-2010 04:47 PM

The one that I have is the Bosch ROS20VS. It does have varible speed. I think the newer model which is the ROS20VSK is the same sander also with varible speed. It sells for about $72 on Amazon if you cant find it at Lowes. I would get one with varible speed. It comes in handy. The Bosch has plenty of power for its size.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 12-30-2010 05:20 PM

I have not used the Ridgid (I own a Ridgid BS & drill), but the Milwaukee is a good sander.
My brother has one and it has worked great. I have other Milwaukee tools and really like them.

I am currently using the DeWalt and really like it better.
It just seems to work faster than my PC or the Milwaukee-don’t know why-it just seems better at removing stock. I don’t notice any difference in vibration between the three.

The only thing I don’t like about the DeWalt, is that the dust bag can be stubborn to remove. But it does work well with a vacuum line (as does the Milwaukee.)

ToolKing has recon’s at really good prices…and they stand behind what they sell. We have used them for years.

My brother has the Festool and it is his favorite, but I’m like you, it’s just not the cards. He does it for a living, I don’t.

-- Christian, Husband, Grandpa, Salesman, amateur Woodworker.

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#14 posted 12-30-2010 06:11 PM

The Ridged is actually a really good ros. With that said I use-and would recommend-the Bosch.
I have used most of the ros’s on the market and the Bosch is easily my favorite.
Very good dust collection, good power and most importantly the least fatiguing.


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#15 posted 12-30-2010 07:30 PM

Those are 5” sanders. While 5 inchers are useful if I could just
have one I’d get a 6”.

I’ve read good things about the Ridgid 6”. The old standby is the
Bosch. I have a Festool, but it costs much more than you need to
pay to do the job.

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