|Review by Chris||posted 06-21-2008 02:19 AM||3621 views||1 time favorited||14 comments|
Over the last couple of months both my palm sander and ROS have bit the dust; of course they were about 8 or nine years old. I received this as a fathers day gift and boy am I glad I did. I decided to try out the claims I’ve heard regarding the efficient dust collection and life of the paper, not to mention the speed that it smooths a rough surface.
A couple of months back I picked up a Big Leaf Maple slab and had done nothing with it; You can see the rough saw marks in the first picture. I started with 36 grit and worked my way up to 400 grit. All in all it took about 15 minutes to get to the stage were I applied a little Waterlox and took the final picture. The majority of the time was spent with the 36 grit; As you can see in the second picture it’s hard to tell I even used it. That’s impressive in my book!
A Couple of Observations:
1) When in the aggressive or Rotex mode it can be a little hard to handle
2) You can’t use this without the dust extractor! I did this while wearing black dress slacks. No dust what so ever!
3) The paper life is phenomenal. I used that same 36 grit paper on some rough Red Oak and a 72” long 18” wide rough Pauduck slab and it still looks new.
If you could only own one sander, this is it! It is a little pricey (thus the 4 star rating), however with the extended life of the consumables, total control of dust, and a 3 year warranty I think it’s hard to beat.
-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein