|Review by lumberjoe||posted 10-28-2013 07:36 PM||3514 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This is truly a 5 star sander (unfortunately with a 5 star price to boot). I’ve always been an ROS guy but never able to get a mirror smooth finish without some hand touch-up in certain areas. This sander delivers!
Overall Construction This sander is well built. It’s heavy, yet ergonomically pleasing. The front handle comes off if need be. It is solid, quiet, and vibration free. It comes with a dust port fitting, or a dust collection tube with a filter inside (that works surprisingly well – much better than a bag). I sand with the tube on a downdraft table. The trigger has a lock-on for better hand placement. The included soft pad works well- especially on contoured and rounded over edges. There is also a punch to make holes in standard full sheet paper. No need to buy special pads.
Loading paper. Sheet sanders are annoying to load paper. This one is not. The loading and tensioning system is super fast, accurate, and predictable. It takes longer to cut a sheet in half than it does to seat it on the pad.
Vibration – or should I say lack thereof. There is little to no vibration at all using this sander at any speed. It’s quite heavy, but really easy to control. It glides effortlessly across the piece and doesn’t track or move around.
Variable speed. It actually works and is more than a polite suggestion. There is a noticable difference with every turn of the dial.
Finish Quality. You’ll have to see for yourself, but it is amazing. Not a scratch mark revealed with the mineral spirits wipe down through 600 grit.
The not so good
Dust collection is just ok – even with a vac. As mentioned I use it on a downdraft table and it’s not too big of an issue
It really is a finish sander. Don’t expect to load this up with 60 grit and hog off material Rotex style. I have used 80 grit paper on it and I could not believe how smooth the finish was. Through the higher grits the results are amazing.
It’s huge. You aren’t getting in tight spaces with this bad boy. It’s great for panels, cutting boards, and if you pre-sand before final assembly. With the design of the sander you can sand right up to the edges – front and back.
Overall I would definitely recommend this. The finish quality side-by-side with a piece sanded using a higher quality ROS is huge. It also makes much quicker work of one of the most annoying jobs in woodworking. Because there is just about no vibration at all, it’s very comfortable to use.
If you need a finish sander – here it is