|Review by PaulLL||posted 02-27-2014 05:02 AM||3063 views||1 time favorited||15 comments|
I got a side job refinishing the slabs in the picture. They are stair treads going on a steel staircase that I built at my day job. 16 of them that our original finisher messed up with a crappy faux finish white wash, instead of the faux limed oak look that it was supposed to have. I was using my 5” King orbital to sand off the white but “unfortunately” is took a spill off my bench. So I checked my Popular Mechanic stack, remembering there was a sander ranking in one of them and the Bosch won.
This is where I was first impressed with the Bosch, when first turned on, even at it’s highest speed there is very little vibration and it is half as loud as my King. The handle is very comfortable and fits nicely into my hand, with easy access to the on/off switch.
It was taking me about 40 minutes to sand off each slab with the King, the Bosch, 20 min! It works amazing fast, removing paint quickly and with very little effort.
The dust collection also worked a lot better then I was expecting. My King didn’t catch anything, But as you can see in the empty canister, which removes very easily with a twist and pull, this thing catches a lot. That picture is after only 1 side of a slab!
The only thing that made me give this a 4 instead of 5 stars is that the lid to the canister is a little difficult to remove, so it is easy to pull it off with a too much force and throw sawdust everywhere. You have to squeeze the side and lift up on small tabs at the back. I haven’t quite figured out how to do it smoothly, but this one complaint could actually be a positive, because maybe the opposite is the lid pops off all the time.
I think that’s about it, after my first night of use. I have a few more nights worth so maybe I’ll have more to add after that.