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06-04-2010 05:51 PM

I would like to know any suggestions on the very best brand ROS made for durability. I cannot afford Festool. I would love to run Dynabrade Pneumatic as I feel that would definitely be the way to go. Maybe that will be something we add 2 years from now. I am considering milwaukee next. We will sand between 25 and 30 panels/doors per job and so we really work our sanders fairly hard. I know Ridgid is no good at making a ROS and they just wear out quick. My newest 5” Ridgid ROS does have some modifications done to it from the manufacturer so I am optimistic that the motor will last longer this time around.

Any suggestions on brands from experienced woodworkers who use the ROS a lot, such as in a set of kitchen doors.

Thanks for any advice, Jerry

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#1 posted 06-04-2010 05:57 PM

I’ve had the DeWalt 5” ROS for 3-4 years and it’s still going strong in my one man cabinet shop. With your throughput, wouldn’t a wide belt sander be a good investment?

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#2 posted 06-04-2010 05:58 PM

Oh, and on another forum, I read a fella said he has Festool 5” and 6” and he said his Festool sanders are showing signs of wearing down. The consesus was to go with Dynabrade or a pnuematic sander but that would mean a major upgrade of our current Air Compressor which we just bought and do not plan to upgrade that for a couple of years. I read the Dynabrade sander requires 18 cfm at 90 psi for just one sander. The most we would ever run is 2 sanders at one time which means I see a large air compressor upgrade in the future for us.

I just getting tired of spending 80.00 every 6 months for a new ROS. I wonder if I bought 4 brand new ROS at the same time and rotated them so they only got used every once in a while, maybe that would help!



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#3 posted 06-04-2010 06:00 PM

I’m not a pro nor do I play one on TV. However, my Rigid and PC ROS’s have served well through 5 kitchens and numerous other projects.
The only Milwaukee I’ve used vibrated too much for me. Good sander otherwise. The guy that owns it uses it in making log furniture and he uses it roughly! He likes it.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 06-04-2010 06:02 PM

I have 6 different ROSers and even though some cost more I end upgrading the Milwaukee it has the best feel and has adjustable speed. I think finewoodworking a couple different reviews on ROS and The Milwaukee was high on that review other things you might consider is a soft start and best dust collection.

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 06:18 PM

My PC 5” ROS has served me well for over 8 years. I have had no issues with it at all over that time. hooks up to my dust collector, plenty of power and does an effective job.

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 06:26 PM

Thanks for the responses. Unionlabel, I bet 8 years ago a lot of sanders would have lasted a long time. I am not sure but I am not sure PC makes the same quality as they did years ago. However I love their old routers, and even their newer routers seem great!

I am leaning towards the Milwaukee. Of course the Ridgid does have the lifetime warrenty if I would ever take a little bit of time and register the warrenty, which I always seem to forget about. I am going to get the 6” Ridgid replaced under warranty since my friend was the original purchaser and he can get it done for me.

Thanks everyone!

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#7 posted 06-04-2010 06:26 PM

We use a Porter Cable at the cabinet shop, it is about 5 or 6 yrs old doing OK.
I like my DeWalt better, about the same age not quite as much use but the switch has gotten a little touchy.
My Festool is great (got a very good deal when they first came out) but I haven’t used it as much.
I would also opt for pneumatic given the choice, they have some great models with dust collection too. In my body shop all we ever used was pneumatic, the only sander that will stand up to that degree of usage.

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