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dschlic1

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08-17-2021 04:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question sander

I have a Skill ROS which I purchased many years ago. Still works, but vibrates a lot. So I would like suggestions for a new ROS with the following:

Low vibration
Corded
Under $200


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LittleShaver

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#1 posted 08-17-2021 05:59 PM

Card scraper.

Sorry, but I hate sanding with a machine.

-- Sawdust Maker

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pottz

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#2 posted 08-17-2021 06:17 PM

well ive used dewalts.porter cable,bosch but when i really found the perfect sander was when i got a mirka.festool is also at the top.but those are also at the top of the budget.ive preferred the dewalts at the lower end.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Phil32

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#3 posted 08-17-2021 06:26 PM

Consider fixed belt/disc sander & other process improvements to reduce the amount of finish sanding to be done with the Random Orbit Sander. I use a Dewalt ROS, but as a wood carver I believe tool marks add an element of authenticity.

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Rich

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#4 posted 08-17-2021 06:54 PM

With a $200 budget you have plenty of options. Bosch, DeWalt and Makita are all fine choices, most for under $100. To make full use of your $200, you might want to take a look at this Festool.

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

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Madmark2

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#5 posted 08-17-2021 08:03 PM

I have two of the PC 5” ROS’s. One for coarse (120) and one for fine (220). They’re cheap enough to be a consumable. I had a bright colored one that didn’t last 6 months. I get at least a year or two on a PC for ~$80.

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tvrgeek

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#6 posted 08-17-2021 08:12 PM

For an orbital sander, the Bosch is hard to beat. I have a DeWalt too, and it is one of the reasons I hate DeWalt. Never used the Mirka but it has the ” you will believe when you get one” reputation.

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prazbotta

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#7 posted 08-17-2021 08:41 PM

I have the Rigid 5 inch Random Orbit Sander, and like it a lot. The dust collection bag it comes with ‘works’, but poorly. However, you can hook a 2 1/4” shop-vac hose (or dust collector) to it and it works much better. It has variable speeds as well, which I am not sure if there are pros and cons to, but I keep mine at ‘6’.

Reviews are all over the place, and the only negative thing I can say I experience is the pad spins extremely fast if you are not actually sanding. This can cause a scuff when placing the pad back on your work, or cut you if you touch the edge of the pad. Neither have happened to me, I just turn it off when taking it off the work surface, and turn it back on when I want to go again.

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Knockonit

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#8 posted 08-17-2021 08:55 PM

i have one of all of them, Bosch is the one, some of the best dust collection and hogs off the goods with good paper and easy on the hands.
rj in az

-- Living the dream

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bbc557ci

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#9 posted 08-17-2021 08:59 PM

I’ve been using my PC 333 ROS for about 20 years… I think. Just ordered a new pad for it. That tool just won’t die (knock on my ol’ wooden head)

-- Bill, central NY...no where near the "big apple"

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tvrgeek

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#10 posted 08-17-2021 09:01 PM

Fast spin is a worn out damper ring. My DeWalt lasts weeks. Just slightly less than the Velcro crap they use.
Bosch vibrates your hands less than lessor machines.


I have the Rigid 5 inch Random Orbit Sander, and like it a lot. The dust collection bag it comes with works , but poorly. However, you can hook a 2 1/4” shop-vac hose (or dust collector) to it and it works much better. It has variable speeds as well, which I am not sure if there are pros and cons to, but I keep mine at 6 .

Reviews are all over the place, and the only negative thing I can say I experience is the pad spins extremely fast if you are not actually sanding. This can cause a scuff when placing the pad back on your work, or cut you if you touch the edge of the pad. Neither have happened to me, I just turn it off when taking it off the work surface, and turn it back on when I want to go again.

- prazbotta


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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 08-17-2021 10:05 PM

I see several replies, but only 2 links to products. My point being that saying a brand name, and not the model number you are currently in love with may lead to another person doing the human nature thing, and buying a brand based on price. Could be they will be happy, but could be they won’t. As with anything the low priced units get bought buy the price shoppers may not actually be the unit the suggesting person is so happy with.

I see a couple of Bosch votes, yet the BASE Bosch ROS is only a 2.2 amp wonderturd which I can easily halt with moderate hand pressure. They do have a 3.3 amp model, but you’ve escaped that under a hunnert range, so coveted by shoppers.

My suggestion as the suggesters aren’t doing a great job of suggestiing by pointing out which unit they want is to go to the makers, and do a comparo of your own.

Bosch found here. They have a lot of them, but only 2 in the sub 100 bux ROS 5” line, but a few of their sanders will take all comers.

DeWalt found here They use the same tool, but change what it comes with to confuse you.

However DeWalley has a newer entrant coming in at a whupping 6 AMPs to grind it up 2 handed the way real Men do it. I wanna try this beastie. At just 89 bux think I may just go pop for one

Micky Mousekitas found here.

If you can possibly try one before plunking down hard earned cash it’s best. I was all jazzed by advertising about the Festool Rotex, then a friend offered to let me use his. Saved me further arm pain, and a buttload of cash. Worst vibrating POS I have ever held, and they are wayyyyyyy over that 100 dollar benchmark.

Have fun shopping. :-)

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SMP

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#12 posted 08-17-2021 11:00 PM

depends on your workflow and what you build. my ROS is a Bosch that I believe I paid $69 for maybe 10ish years ago. does everything I need a sander to do, which is basically prep for finishing.

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pottz

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#13 posted 08-17-2021 11:28 PM

as you can see op their as many opinions as there are sanders.the only way you’ll find the one thats perfect for you is do your homework and try as many as possible,which can be hard to do.if your close to me you can come over and try out the dewalt,bosch,pc and mirka.problem is once youve tried out all but the mirka and you try it last you aint gonna want any of the others. ;-)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Knockonit

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#14 posted 08-17-2021 11:44 PM

for me its the vibration that doesn’t hurt my hands or wrists, have a couple ros that just numb me up so fast, not a pleasure to use or they are so heavy one can’t maneuver them as well a light one. probably the reason i have so many, some are like new and not used much unless the usual culprit is broken, till i replace
good luck, each persons milage will differ for sure.
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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xedos

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#15 posted 08-18-2021 07:33 PM

Rotex is not a ROS . It can be converted to random orbit, but it has more in common with a belt sander.

The festool ets125 req fits your criteria (almost) and is the best of any mentioned , hands down. Lowest vibration, best dust collection , and most consistent scratch pattern. If you sell the carrying case, you will be well under 200 bucks.

https://www.festoolusa.com/products/sanding-and-brushing/random-orbital-sander/576070---ets-125-req-plus-us

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