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Forum topic by MJClark posted 09-21-2018 04:31 PM 981 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-21-2018 04:31 PM

I am thinking of picking up a Bosch 120 Volt 2.5-Amp Orbital Sander today, (Model # ROS20VSC) but I was wondering if anyone has used this sander or if you have another suggestion? I am looking to stay under $75 if I can, but still looking for something that will be of quality and last a while. Any assistance would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 09-21-2018 04:59 PM

I’ve been using my DeWalt DWE6423 a fair bit for refinishing – happy with it and it does a great job – the only irritation is for dust collection the adapter port is non standard and requires a couple of connectors you have to order off amazon or somewhere – or you can jury rig it with electrical tape and a vacuum adapter. Its nice having the option to vary speed, and when dust collection is set up this thing is pretty good on the extraction. Given its still within the price range, I would probably step up to this over the Bosch model you mention as it doesn’t have the option to vary speed. Most of the time, that might not be a problem, but it allows for flexibility if you ever sand veneer, or other woods of varying hardness.

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#2 posted 09-21-2018 05:23 PM

I have that Bosch and like it a lot. I don’t use a ROS very often but when I need one, I’m glad I have it. The DC works pretty well on it too which was one of my big concerns. I would definitely recommend it. Take it with a grain of salt though, it’s the only ROS I’ve ever owned.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 09-21-2018 06:42 PM

I have Makita, DeWalt and two of the Bosch ROS20VSC, and the Bosch is the best of them all. It’s not super aggressive and I use it for mostly 120 grit and above.

If you want a fine finish, it’s the way to go. For faster cutting there are other models that will perform better.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 09-21-2018 06:44 PM

I have that one, and also have a Milwaukee and a Festool one as well. The Bosch is a good value and I see it as a decent sander that has held up for quite a while. The Festool one I have, not sure the model quite a bit better though. Bought it on an introductory deal a year or two ago for a low price, if I remember.

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#5 posted 09-21-2018 09:22 PM

I use one quite a bit, and from my observation, the ones with a handle coming off the back work the best, they give you the most hand support. I personally recommend the Makita sanders for their robust design. My personal favorite, and much better than the Dewalt, in my opinion. Hope this helps!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#6 posted 09-22-2018 12:56 AM

I have that one, and also have a Milwaukee and a Festool one as well. The Bosch is a good value and I see it as a decent sander that has held up for quite a while. The Festool one I have, not sure the model quite a bit better though. Bought it on an introductory deal a year or two ago for a low price, if I remember.

- ShaneA

I bought that Festool one too and am not impressed. I like my Bosch better. Not sure if my shop vac dust extraction is too much for it, but it leaves little swirl marks. Maybe I’ll sell it. Idk

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#7 posted 09-22-2018 11:43 AM

I have three PC ROS sanders including one of those awful little squatty models; and the Bosch sander that you are considering. The Bosch out performs all of the PC sanders except for the one that is the original 90’s model that still performs well. I bought it new when they first came out and have used it a LOT. It is almost equal to the Bosch, but not quite. But the Bosch, you will like it.

-- "Now I'm just another old guy wearing funny clothes"

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#8 posted 09-22-2018 02:47 PM

I have the dewalt, bosch, black and decker, ryobi, and a few others, 5’’ ROS, all seem to work ok, some do collect a little more dust than others, but one thing they all have in common is the felcrow tends to melt of go away, with lots of use, not sure if i’m overheating them or what, but have to say that spots on the sander pad tend to not have the hooky lau stuff after considerable use, meaning a lot of time,

me thinks some makers do make new pads, ya think, as i have not looked into it.
rj in Az

-- Living the dream

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#9 posted 09-22-2018 04:23 PM

I have two as I like to keep them sitting with different grit paper.

I am very pleased with every Bosch tool I have bought in the last dozen+ years. They run well, and have comfortable grips, good ergonomics. My Bosch is a more pricey version (3725DEVS), but I bet it represents the one you have in mind well.

My other one is a Makita BO5041. That one is in your price range, and I do think it is very, very good. Runs well, has a good handle, overall nice.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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#10 posted 09-22-2018 06:14 PM

MJC Wish you were closer, I have two never used. One CSV and one CSVK that I bought new and only opened them up to see them, forgot about them and now have no need for them. You could have them BOTH for $80.

The hose adapter is with each one.

-- Just a barn cat, now gone to cat heaven.

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#11 posted 09-22-2018 09:47 PM

Which ever sander you decide on, check to see how it feels in your hand while holding it down on the wood. some sanders feel different while holding them to sand. I bought a couple sanders that don’t feel comfortable while using. I keep them on my shelf as back up sanders. I won’t buy that style brand sander again.

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#12 posted 09-23-2018 12:41 AM

Yes, I agree about trying them out before buying, if you can. I haven’t been able to do that over the years, but wish I could have. My buying, even after some internet looking, has been hit and miss. I have an old Makita that has lasted a decade or more. Had to replace a part or two over the years. Had a Bosch for a while, but I don’t think it was ‘right’. It wasn’t smooth operating so I gifted it to my sister. What works Ok for me, lasts pretty well, and attaches to a shop vac for improved dust collection, are the $60 Ridgid ROS. My shop dust collection isn’t the best, so hooking the sander to the shop vac helps a good bit. I keep sniffing the Festool sanders at Woodcraft, but that’s a lot of money, and would it be 5 times better than what I have. I’m afraid to find out. :-)

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#13 posted 09-24-2018 12:22 AM

Thank you all for the input. I am going to start with the Bosch and save up for something better. Wolf, I wish I was closer and I would be all over that.

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#14 posted 09-25-2018 02:14 AM

I know I’m late to this party, but I loooooove my ROS65VC-6. It’s the best machine I’ve bought so far. Hopefully its little cousin will make you as happy.

-- "Many folk like to know beforehand what is to be set on the table; but those who have laboured to prepare the feast like to keep their secret; for wonder makes the words of praise louder." -Gandalf

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#15 posted 09-25-2018 02:59 AM

If you have a battery system, I’d go cordless. Hate being tied to a cord.

I usually hate ryobi tools but I actually like their battery sander. DC could be better.

I have dewalt batteries too, but they didn’t have sander at the time. I wasn’t going to have 2 expensive systems so I went with the ryobi

At 40 bucks I figured I would have burned it up by now(full time builder), but it’s held up pretty good.

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