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Forum topic by Steven H posted 04-11-2010 01:16 AM 1196 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Steven H

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04-11-2010 01:16 AM

The Lowes near me has a DEWALT D26453Kfor sale for $70 and Bosch ROS20VSK
I already have a porter cable 343k sander, not sure should get one with variable speed or not. Is there a difference in variable speed? I hate changing sandpaper, so planning to get second one.

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 03:06 AM

I just bought a Ridgid R2601 from HD for $89(CDN). I’ve never used a ROS before, but I really like the variable speed – so far. It gives me a little more control when I need it. If a power tool is under $100 I expect to replace it at some point – hopefully a few years and not months – but at some point I’m sure.

-- Mike Guilbault, Penetanguishene, Ontario

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#2 posted 04-12-2010 03:29 PM

I use a Bosch ROS with variable speed. The speed settings run from 1 to 6. I almost always run it at 5. It is purely a “feel thing”. The sander feels right at that speed. Any faster feels too fast and any slower feels too slow.

There may be better reasons to have variable speed. I just don’t know what they are.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 04-12-2010 10:36 PM

I guess it depends what material your sanding, like plexi galss for example.

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 11:23 PM

You might want to look at:

Tools of the Trade just did a review and both models you’re considering were rated. I have the Bosch ROS20VSK and I like it. I’m always running at the fastest or next to fastest depending on how careful I need to be. I like that option, but I never use the slowest speeds.

-- Failure is the road to success if you learn to learn from your mistakes - Vince, Greenville, SC

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