|Review by bensaw||posted 04-03-2009 05:59 PM||4294 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I picked up this sander last night at Lowe’s for $52. Seemed a little sturdier than the bargain basement ones from Black and Decker and Skil. The sander seemed stable and was coformtable in my hand so I brought it home.
The ROS20VSK from Bosch already has a review here on Lumberjocks. In fact, that review is what sealed the deal when I was at the store. I wanted to see if the experience of this sander would be the same as the ROS20VSK. I don’t know the relationship between the 1297DK and the ROS20VSK. The ROS20VSK seems to be variable speed.
Took the box home and cracked it open. Comes with a sturdy carrying bag, punch plate, and not much else. The only thing on hand to test it out on is a project with a few pieces of select pine waiting to be sanded. As is customary when I work with this stuff, I had scracthed the heck out of it while handling for cutting and shaping. It’s really hard to avoid doing this since it’s so darn soft. I needed to get these dings and scratches out so that I could stain the peices.
I picked up some 220 grit sandpaper while at the store and I was easily able to attach a sheet to the clamping system on the bottom of the sander. The clamping system has a roller on the back clip which pulls the sandpaper tight as you lock the clip. This worked great with no hassle. Sandpaper was smooth and tight across the base.
Went to work on the pine. As suspected, the sander has very little vibration. I don’t think my hand would get numb even if using it for hours. All total I probably used it for about 35 minutes last night. Felt good. Worked good.
Dust collection was great. Only very fine dust was left on the surface of the pine. Noise was pretty quiet. Somewhere between my milwaukee circular saw (which is VERY quiest) and my Rigid shop vac.(pretty loud)
It didn’t wake up the wife or kids though, so that’s a plus.
In the other Bosch sander review the poster said that he felt the sander might be a little underpowered. This certainly wouldn’t show itself sanding out unfinished pine. But I can see how that might be the case with this sander as well. I didn’t think the on/off button was “mushy” as the other poster said. This seems to be a rubber cover over the switch to keep dust out. Nothing wrong with that in my book.
Between the nice price point, the dust collection, smooth operation, good noise level, comfortable feel, low vibration….I’d say this one is a winner.