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10-28-2017 07:19 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander sanding sandpaper 14 sheet random orbital

I need a new random orbital sander. It seems Festool is among the highest quality power tools out there now-a-days. Like a lot folks – that would be nice but——. Selecting from good but less expensive sanders – I would greatly appreciate ya’lls view. —- One more question what’s ya’lls thought on the need for a 1/4 sheet sander along with the random orbital?

Regards, Jerry

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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

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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.

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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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#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

- BigYin

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

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

I have a dewalt ROS that I love.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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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