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david2011

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03-01-2021 09:25 AM

Looking to buy a good corded random orbital sander that works well with a dust collection system. I’m not interested in a battery powered one because all of my work in in the shop. My small tool dust collection is with a Shop Vac and Dust Deputy. I don’t want to spend Festool money but I also don’t want to “under buy.” What works for you?

-- David


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tvrgeek

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#1 posted 03-01-2021 09:44 AM

I have the Bosch and am very happy with it. A bit big and bulky, with both 5 and 6 inch pads, but very low vibration.

I have the 5 inch DeWalt and basically hate it. The DeWalt ring that drags to make it orbital lasts about 3 sheets and the hook and loop not much longer. The pad always wobbled.

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controlfreak

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#2 posted 03-01-2021 11:26 AM

I have had good luck with the Rigid ROS. I also use a shop vac & cyclone

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 11:26 AM

I have had good luck with the Rigid ROS. I also use a shop vac & cyclone

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Fred Hargis

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 11:34 AM

I’ve had a Bosch 3725 (now called ROS65) for a very long time, maybe 20 years, and it’s still going strong. Hooked to my vac it seems to catch all the dust. IMO, it represents the best in balance of price versus quality.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Chenier

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#5 posted 03-01-2021 12:44 PM

I’ve been using the 5-inch Bosch (ROS20VSC) for a couple of years, hooked up to a Dust Deputy and shop vacuum. The sander works fine and the combination captures pretty much all the dust.

When sanding epoxy or paint with fine grit (220) some of the very fine dust gets past the Deputy and into the vac, so you’ll want to put a HEPA filter on the vacuum.

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Madmark2

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#6 posted 03-01-2021 02:47 PM

I’ve got two Porter-Cable 5” ROS’s. I’ve had other brands, but they don’t last. I don’t like the power switch, but otherwise they’re fine.

They have a dust bag that can be removed and replaced with a vac hose.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Andre

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#7 posted 03-01-2021 03:06 PM

All my work also in shop, but love the cordless Rigid ROS, have never bothered with a vac. keep the dust bag clean and have no problems:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Axis39

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#8 posted 03-01-2021 03:45 PM

I’ve had mixed results with Ridgids. Had one that lasted me forever, got a second one and it has not lasted as long. It lost the ability to govern the speed… It goes full speed or nothing, and when put under load it slows down way too much.

I still have my Ridgid 6”, which I really, really love.

I had a Dewalt 20 years ago and can’t remember why I replaced it… But, I never looked at Dewalts again, so it musta been something.

I picked up a Bosch a few weeks ago and so far like it. it’s the RO20VSC like Chenier mentioned above. It doesn’t seem as powerful as my Ridgids, but it does a nice job, just the same. It’s gotten the best reviews on the lists of ‘Best’ roaming around the Internet.

I’ve wanted a Mirka or Festool, but have a really hard time justifying the cost, myself. I use them all the time, and I mean ALL the time, but still…

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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Jim Finn

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#9 posted 03-01-2021 08:56 PM

I prefer Makita. Best speed range, inexpensive, and durable.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#10 posted 03-01-2021 09:07 PM

I have a Bosch half sheet sander, among others. It’s more aggressive than I thought it would be and works fast on flat surfaces. It has vacuum dust collection but also a dust catcher that’s very effective.

Aside from that I have Festool and Bosch 6” sanders but their ergonomics aren’t as nice, the paper cost more and they really aren’t much more aggressive except when set to the grinder type mode which is good for stock removal but can interfere with later fine sanding if you aren’t careful with it.

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Wood_Scraps

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#11 posted 03-02-2021 03:39 AM

I’ve heard good things about the ROS’s from Makita and Ridgid.

Personally run a 18v Ryobi. Not sure how it compares to their corded version, but I really like the 18v. Does surprisingly well with just the bag for dust collection. Comfortable with prolonged use, and does a very nice job.

Like a lot of tools, the accessories you choose seem to be more important than the actual tool. Pick a good set of discs, and a ROS from about any brand you can name will likely get the job done.

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75c

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#12 posted 03-02-2021 04:11 AM



I ve had a Bosch 3725 (now called ROS65) for a very long time, maybe 20 years, and it s still going strong. Hooked to my vac it seems to catch all the dust. IMO, it represents the best in balance of price versus quality.

- Fred Hargis

Lol I have one as well about that age. Is yours also built in Switzerland? I think they were wonderful tools.when.built there.

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cracknpop

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#13 posted 03-02-2021 04:23 AM

I also have been very happy with my Bosch (ROS20VSC) especially when hooked to my dust vac.
I used a Porter Cable 390K for several years but never felt it fit my hands well. Happier with the Bosch.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#14 posted 03-02-2021 05:56 AM

I also have a Bosch ROS20. Dust selection with my Fein vac is nearly perfect. I just bought a used Ridgid 6” for one project. I wasn’t expecting a lot. It was used and abused by a guy who retired from building decks. Surprisingly, it does almost as well as the Bosch at collecting dust. It removes a lot of wood with 100 grit paper, is easy to control, and 8s not that much heavier than the 5” Bosch. I’m impressed.

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#15 posted 03-02-2021 06:40 AM



I ve had a Bosch 3725 (now called ROS65) for a very long time, maybe 20 years, and it s still going strong. Hooked to my vac it seems to catch all the dust. IMO, it represents the best in balance of price versus quality.

- Fred Hargis

This.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

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