|Review by Craftsman on the lake||posted 08-02-2009 12:52 PM||3576 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
Third Update: Ignore the update below. Today, way after the fact I receive the roter plate Bosch, My faith in the company is restored. Good thing too because I own three of their tools, the sander, a 12” compound sliding miter saw, and their fantastic plunge router. I’m glad to see they keep their word even if belated. Thanks Bosch.
Another Update (The above updates this older paragraph) 9/25: Read below regarding velcro problems. Bosch never followed through sending me the new velcro plates. But…. Buying velcro strips, sticking them on the sander plate, cutting dust/air holes and using the mirka pads between that and mirka sandpaper works well.
Update 8/09: This paragraph is a little addendum to my glowing report of the Bosch sander. I’ve noticed that the velcro hooks on the sander are very fine. But it holds sandpaper on well. I recently ordered some sandpaper that is a woven mesh, abranet. It’s amazing stuff as it lasts forever but after using it for a short period of time the velcro hooks on my sander don’t hold sandpaper on any longer. I think this is what has happened. The hooks are so tiny that they push through the abranet sandpaper grid and get sanded off. Upon googling it I find that others are having the same problem. I called Bosch and they’re sending me out two new sanding plates (my sister is having the same issue. I’ve purchased some Mirka pad savers.. basically a velcro pad that goes between the sander and the sand paper. When I get the new parts I’ll see if it makes things better.
Recommendation from what I suspect thus far.
1. When using this sander and using Mirka Abranet sandpaper, use a pad saver in between the sander and paper.
2. When using regular paper sandpaper also use the pad saver as I’d think the velcro hooks at the 8 holes in the paper would wear the velcro off at that point also.
I’ll update this again when the verdict is in.
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This sander has been reviewed three times and once recently. I wanted to add two things
1. My own little review comments: see others for more details
2. The low price available as of this writing
I’ve just purchased this sander; upgrading from a crappy b&d one. I was going to veneer my sister’s oak cabinets and make new doors for her. The current ones have a dark thick stain/varnish combo that actually gets sticky in the heat. She want’s them natural. This sander, after a few minutes of tryout took the goop off the door stiles very easily and it seemed to collect most of the dust. My b&d would have made me think that the stuff was unremovable and the place would have been coated with film. Now we can sand the faces and I’ll just have to make doors. This seemingly well made sander is comfortable (almost no vibration) and feels like a good tool in your hand.
Now the price. After searching high and low online I see that Lowes had it for $69 and still does at the one in NH where I purchased it. Other prices were in the $88+ dollar range everywhere else.
I’ve picked up some mirka abranet sanding disks. They seem to work as well as sanding disks but are supposed to last a long time. Time will tell.
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.