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Freud Random Orbit Sanding Disks Go the Distance

Freud Random Orbit Sanding Disks Go the Distance

828 days ago by pintodeluxe | 9 comments »

Home Depot switched from Norton 3X to Freud abrasive products. I have tried the 120 grit and 150 grit 5” hook and loop disks, and they work very well. The ceramic blend of abrasives keeps cutting upwards of an hour of continuous sanding. I change them out of habbit, but they look like new and are still making sawdust. I didn’t have any disks come loose from either my Bosch or Dewalt sanders. The disks do not load up with dust like some brands. Cost is cheap – a 50 coun...

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Festool RO 125 FEQ

Festool RO 125 FEQ

857 days ago by Kent Shepherd | 22 comments »

Whenever Festool is mentioned, there are always two totally different responses. One is–I absolutely love it and can’t wait until I can buy more of their products, and two–it is way overpriced and there is no way I’ll ever spend that much on a power tool! Maybe, just maybe, both answers are actually very valid, depending on your needs. I do ask though, have you actually used the tool? If your opinion is based only on price, you may not be quite fair. Being a professional woodworker for ...

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Festool RO 125  sander and CT 26 dust extractor

Festool RO 125 sander and CT 26 dust extractor

155 days ago by Sandra | 45 comments »

Woodworking background – Hobbyist Bought from: Lee Valley Paid: $1126.00 for both components Pros:Automatic start of dust extractor Long lasting abrasives Amazing dust control Reasonable noise level Variable speed and two sanding modes Cons: None other than price Without a doubt, this is a luxury purchase for a hobbyist like myself. Previous to this sander, I had been using a Bosch ROS which worked just fine. The dust control however was lousy. I work out of...

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Rockler's remarkable red rubber sanding block

Rockler's remarkable red rubber sanding block

852 days ago by DHS | 6 comments »

I purchased a sanding block for the first time yesterday. I had taken my mother to lunch on Sunday afternoon and then to reward myself for this good deed I visited the local Rockler Woodworking store and browsed the discount racks. I bought some sanding disks, a quart of Titebond III, some space balls, and then just for the heck of it, I purchased a rubber sanding block for $3.99. What a wonderful device. I don’t know why I’ve never used one before. Perhaps it was my abrasive high-school...

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Not perfect, but FAR better than the 3M rubber block!

Not perfect, but FAR better than the 3M rubber block!

813 days ago by dbhost | 5 comments »

A little disclaimer here. I hate sanding, anything that slows the process down, or fails in the process that I do not want to be doing in the first place earns instant hatred from me, which was what got me looking for a new sanding block in the first place. I started out with a 3M rubber sanding block which is basically the same design as this Norton, just different materials. And it’s the choice in materials that makes all the difference in the world. Simply put, the Norton is a nic...

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Pleasantly surprised by the 93431 HF Random Orbit Sander

Pleasantly surprised by the 93431 HF Random Orbit Sander

800 days ago by Tennessee | 11 comments »

I have to admit, I am a sucker for a good random orbit sander. We all started off many years ago with the square ones that always left swirl marks, and then one day there it was, the round, 5” random orbit sander. My first was a Porter-Cable with the stick-um pad, which soon got a hook and loop system and served me well until the wheel would just start spinning out of control as soon as you lifted it off the wood. They had come down so much in price I bought another, this time variab...

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Festool RO 90 DX Rotex Sander

Festool RO 90 DX Rotex Sander

575 days ago by mbs | 8 comments »

Here’s my woodworking background which may bias your interpretation of the review: I have 20+ years of hobbyist experience. I traveled a lot for work and typically made one big piece of furniture a year. I made a large portion of the furniture in both my houses which includes beds, cabinets, tables, chairs, entertainment centers, and dressers. I’m currently making a Hal Taylor inspired rocking chair. I like high quality tools and I’m willing to pay a premium over entr...

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Bosch ROS10

Bosch ROS10

757 days ago by rasp | 4 comments »

I purchased this sander at Busy Bee Tools for 49.99 on sale. I thought that was a pretty good deal at the time, and I felt Bosch had a solid reputation. I had bought this sander in late summer of 2009 before attending college. We had a few at the kitchen shop I worked in, and it was my favourite over the DeWalt sanders. They had about 15-20 DeWalt ROS’ in a milk crate for parts, but nobody ever spent any time to condense the broken pieces into working sanders, so it goes. I have u...

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Good Sander with Lots of Little Features

Good Sander with Lots of Little Features

755 days ago by lab7654 | 0 comments »

I bought this sander after minor in-store deliberation because it seemed like the best deal. I got it a little over a year ago for $40 on sale at Sears. It comes with a bunch of detail attachments for specific jobs. They look useful, but I haven’t really used them. The sander came with paper for each of the attachments, in assorted grits (60-80-120). The “pressure control” is basically a system of lights that tell you how much pressure you are applying. Could be useful, but ...

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Powertec BD6900

Powertec BD6900

725 days ago by Tennessee | 3 comments »

For decades, literally, I have used a Toolkraft 6X48 sander with a slightly undersized motor. I believe I took it in on trade for some refinishing work back in the late 70’s. But the bronze bushings were finally wearing, it wouldn’t track right anymore, and the motor was pretty shot, so I started looking. Settled on a Powertec from Southerntool after the HF unit on sale for $199 was out of stock USA. Southerntool is an Amazon associate dealer. Paid $268 including shipping.Sol...

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