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10-20-2013 03:39 AM

OK. Over the last six months I have purchased and returned three brand name random orbital sanders which all had a four plus star rating, two of which I gave three chances each. My problem has been that the hook and loop pad does not hook and loop very long and soon after that the brake clutch does not want to do its job either. Throughout all of the reviews I came across a small handful of similar complaints, but the majority said the would buy these products again. So , am I and the minority of others doing something we shouldn’t or is this just a problem we must live with and keep extra parts around for quick repairs? For your info, I do a lot of sanding so the tool is used a lot, but I do not put pressure on the sander I let it do the work. Thank you in advance for any suggestions you might come up with.

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 03:43 AM

Go with the best, Festool is one of them.

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#2 posted 10-20-2013 03:53 AM

Don’t know if you have a big compressor but my Dynabrade was one of the best tool buys I ever made. It almost makes sanding fun! And it is WAY less expensive than the Festool

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 04:04 AM

I’ve used the Festool ROS and I wasn’t anymore impressed then when I use my Milwaukee ROS did the same thing just as good for 1/10th the cost, I’ve heard good things about the air ROSs though, I don’t have a compressor big enough to handle one yet but some day.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 04:24 AM

I own 7 ROSs and I favor my Milwaukee ,I have never owned or tried a Festool so I don’t know how well they work and i probably never will given Festool’s cost . I also have heard good things about Dynabrade’s air sander.


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#5 posted 10-20-2013 07:50 AM

Pads and brake rings are consumables on most
ROS models.

Festool sanders are good quality tools, but the
velcro and pad can still wear out, just like
the sandpaper wears out. If your hands are
numb from the amount of sanding you do,
something like a Festool or a Mirka may help
with that.

How many sandpaper circles do you go through in
a month?

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 03:03 PM

What name brand sanders are you using?

Through the years I have used several. ( these are the electric sanders used) blk and decker, makita, Ryobi, Bosch,porter cable,dewalt.

Of those listed I have used varying grade qualities within that respective brand (pro level to grab and go level)

Can’t say what the best sander out there is but I can say that my search is over now that I have acquired a stack of festool sanders.

I have also found that combined with their abrasives I now will use 120 where I would normally used 80 gritt and so on.

Hope your search ends soon !

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 03:32 PM

I’m wondering what you consider ”but I do not put pressure on the sander I let it do the work” .

I have been using my mid grade Makita ROS and high end Milwaukee ROS for the 5 years.
I have yet to change rings or pads on either one.

I also have been considering going to the Mirka Abranet system, but I haven’t determined what I actually need to convert my ROS’s or Jitterbug sanders. If anyone has that info, I would appreciate it.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 03:44 PM

I have had a 5” bosch for many years, I average about 3 hours per month (much heavier use in spring and fall) and have had to replace the Velcro pad once. I use figure pressure to guide the sander and the sander’s weight to push down.

Last time I used it I noticed that the rubber cord had dried out and started cracking / tearing, so will need a new cord soon.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 04:01 PM

The state of many ROS is deplorable these days. Even brands that I have considered tried and true in the past, are crapping out quickly, and have obvious design and fabrication changes. It is very difficult to make a recommendation… when even batch by batch there are vast quality differences… I have every brand mentioned in this thread, except the mirka and the Dynabrade, and the only one of consistent and trustable quality is the festool.

-- Who is John Galt?

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Kaleb the Swede

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 04:04 PM

I just bought the 1/ 2 sheet makita ROS. It’s a great tool. It can do either hook and loop or using the small clamps. Needless to say I don’t use the hook and loop. It saves huge time also being a half sheet. It is on sale at Home Depot for 160 right now.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 10-20-2013 04:29 PM

I use a Bosch, a PC, and a Rigid. None have ever given me any mechanical problems.
I long ago gave up on velcro pads. They never last.
Sticky back is still my choice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Gene Howe

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#12 posted 10-20-2013 04:31 PM

Which Dynabrade do you use? I’m confused by all their different models.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 10-20-2013 05:03 PM

The pad on my Makita broke for the second time. The pads are expensive, so I may be looking for a new ROS instead. Milwaukee looks good. I also had a Skil ROS. I had to buy it because I needed one right away. What a POS that is.

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#14 posted 10-20-2013 06:07 PM

I might be lucky. My older PC should have died years ago but it still goes. The only problem I have is the dust cup no longer latches properly but a little black tape does the trick. I heard Milwaukee tools are coming back strong after that “experiment” performed by their german owners (a case study in how to kill a respected brand in no time at all).

Perhaps it’s the paper you are using? I’ve had very good luck with USA1 stuff from

And to MrRon…you are right. Parts for these things almost make it a no-brainer to toss an otherwise good machine. I still have an old Milwaukee brand 1/4 sheet that chewed off its gripper teeth (easy enough when you think of it…vibrating full abrasive on metal). Easy enough…$12×2 plus shipping to replace parts worth maybe $1 for a sander that I could replace for $40. Sad I think.

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#15 posted 10-20-2013 06:16 PM


I’ve converted my ROS to Abranet. It is great. You need to make sure you purchase and use the Abranet Protective Pad, which fits on your regular hook pad and protects it from damage.

The product is great, works well and lasts a long time.


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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