|Review by PhineasWhipsnake||posted 02-13-2010 04:20 AM||3780 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
I took a deep breath and forked over the money for this sander on the strength of the reviews on Amazon and in a couple of woodworking magazines. I’ve been a woodworker for 50 years and have had many random-orbits, belt sanders, profile sanders, etc., but this baby actually lives up to the hype. I just finished a kitchen remodel where I built about a dozen drawer boxes as well as face frames & cabinet doors. This sander cut my sanding time literally in half. Since most other random orbit sanders cost anywhere from $40 to $120, the $240 price of this thing had me doubting if I wanted to spend that much. It has variable speed, plus normal random orbit and a “turbo” mode that puts the disc in direct drive for more agressive sanding action.
The normal random orbit setting is as good as any sander I’ve used for the final finishing, and the turbo mode is a real adrenaline rush (do I need to get a life, or what?) that requires your work to be clamped down securely, as well as two hands to hold on to the sander. The included dust collector fitting works quite well hooked up to my shop vac, and the tool is quite well balanced and easy to control once you get the hang of it.
I’ve been using this thing for about a year now, and my other sanders pretty much just sit there. Compared to Festool and other European brands, the Bosch is a bargain, and outperforms those brands, according to some comparison tests I’ve seen.
-- Gene T