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11-26-2016 04:51 AM

Which do you all recommend, and why? Thank you.


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#1 posted 11-26-2016 06:12 AM

I buy the 3m rubber blocks (kind of a rust color) at Menards. They have some weight to them and feel good in the hand as well as last forever. I keep 3 on hand loaded with 120, 180, and 220. For custome contours like molding I’ll make a profile from scraps or dowels. Covers everything I need.

AJ in Minneapolis

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#2 posted 11-26-2016 12:25 PM

I really like the hand Sanders that use a 5” round sand paper. I share the sand paper between it and my random orbit sander.

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#3 posted 11-26-2016 02:44 PM

So, do you mean hand sanders as in a block of wood with paper, or the electric, vibrating kind?

I like this one. Never thought I’d need or want variable speed, but now that I have it, I’ll never go back.
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#4 posted 11-26-2016 03:31 PM

I jumped into the dark world of Festool with their $99 “Pro-5” deal going on. Fantastic sander for sure, but my old PC 333VS always treated me well. Variable speed is handy in some situations, but I rarely ever use it. Given that it is common on almost all the ROSs and rarely more than a few dollars more, it’s probably better to have it and not need it than the opposite!

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#5 posted 11-27-2016 02:19 AM

I probably should have been clearer, I was asking about electric sanders. I have read that the Bosch, Milwaukee, Ridgid, and Makita were all solid sanders.

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#6 posted 11-27-2016 05:29 AM

I have both festool RO Sanders and rigid for a plain random orbit sander. I went 2 rigid 5inch and the quarter sheet sanders because I think all the major brand sanders are basically the same and with the rigid lsa I can get them fixed free when I have a problem. Festool I bought the RO 90 dx and 125 for fast stock removal and combo finish sanders. Works well for me.

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#7 posted 11-27-2016 01:44 PM

I have had a bunch of sanders over many years. My current favorite is my Festool. I am older and have arthritis in my hands like many others. I find the Festool easiest on my hands a wrists with low vibration. In addition, it has excellent dust collection.

What I am looking for in a sander and in this order….

1. Fit to my hand
2. Low vibration
3. Dust Collection
4. Cost

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#8 posted 11-27-2016 03:02 PM

I’m noticing Festool sanders are liked by several of you guys, is there a particular model that stands out? Im fairly new to the woodworking area, but I have found that it is something that I really like to do. Any help or advice would be great. I have already invested in a compound miter saw and a portable table saw.

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#9 posted 11-27-2016 03:27 PM

I like 1/4 sheet sanders because sandpaper is much cheaper than “tool-specific” ready-made sanding pads. I have a Milwaukee brand 1/4-sheet sander.

FYI, while I own several RIDGID power tools, I have UNFORTUNATELY found out that the RIDGID “authorized” repair centers have disappeared at a rapid rate in Texas, over the past couple of years.

The NEAREST for me now, 2016, is 170mi and 210mi respectively, one way from home. Used to have one ~35mi away, but no more! This great extended distance has changed my mind about buying any new RIDGID power tools. I refuse to be required to travel ~350—500mi round trip TWICE just to get one tool fixed under the Lifetime Service Agreement under RIDGID. Besides the number of miles, that would also require wasting TWO-days of my time PER TOOL to be repaired. That being said, if considering RIDGID’s LSA as a determinant factor, remember that that has become harder and harder to utilize.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#10 posted 11-27-2016 04:10 PM



I m noticing Festool sanders are liked by several of you guys, is there a particular model that stands out? Im fairly new to the woodworking area, but I have found that it is something that I really like to do. Any help or advice would be great. I have already invested in a compound miter saw and a portable table saw.

- bobbylight2

The Pro-5 Festool is on sale currently for $99, but everyone seems to have sold out and are not taking orders. This may mean the sale price is over, you’ll have to check around. $99 is still higher then the other crop of 5” ROSs, but the sander is very nicely engineered.

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#11 posted 11-27-2016 04:47 PM


The Pro-5 Festool is on sale currently for $99, but everyone seems to have sold out and are not taking orders. This may mean the sale price is over, you ll have to check around. $99 is still higher then the other crop of 5” ROSs, but the sander is very nicely engineered.
- splintergroup

Why is everyone is so set on Festool Pro-5 ? Because the ridiculously overpriced sander for some time got less but still overpriced ? it is a specialized sander for small jobs which is only good as a secondary sander. If also uses proprietary discs, which means Festool will milk you for the life of the tool. BOSCH 3725DEVS for example is twice more powerful and is much more useful for regular jobs and takes inudustry standard discs

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#12 posted 11-27-2016 05:02 PM

http://www.bobmarinosbesttools.com/sanding/c/1010/

Depending on your needs there’s a sander for all situations.

I like the Rotex followed up with a finishing sander, a dust free environment is a welcomed
benefit.

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#13 posted 11-27-2016 05:22 PM



I like 1/4 sheet sanders because sandpaper is much cheaper than “tool-specific” ready-made sanding pads. I have a Milwaukee brand 1/4-sheet sander.

FYI, while I own several RIDGID power tools, I have UNFORTUNATELY found out that the RIDGID “authorized” repair centers have disappeared at a rapid rate in Texas, over the past couple of years.

- HorizontalMike

+1 for the economy of the sandpaper options. At HD they’re having a special on the Ridgid 5.5 Amp Trim Router that includes a free 1/4 Sheet Sander for $99.00. I own the sander and it’s a great little tool with the added feature of being able to connect a standard 2 1/4” shopvac hose directly to the sander making for an almost dust free sanding experience. Well worth checking out.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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#14 posted 11-27-2016 06:55 PM


I like 1/4 sheet sanders because sandpaper is much cheaper than “tool-specific” ready-made sanding pads. I have a Milwaukee brand 1/4-sheet sander.

FYI, while I own several RIDGID power tools, I have UNFORTUNATELY found out that the RIDGID “authorized” repair centers have disappeared at a rapid rate in Texas, over the past couple of years.

- HorizontalMike

+1 for the economy of the sandpaper options. At HD they re having a special on the Ridgid 5.5 Amp Trim Router that includes a free 1/4 Sheet Sander for $99.00. I own the sander and it s a great little tool with the added feature of being able to connect a standard 2 1/4” shopvac hose directly to the sander making for an almost dust free sanding experience. Well worth checking out.

- Ripper70

Mike,

I like the router sander combo for $99. When purchasing a router, is a plunge base a necessity?

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Ripper70

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#15 posted 11-27-2016 07:17 PM



Mike,

I like the router sander combo for $99. When purchasing a router, is a plunge base a necessity?

- bobbylight2

A plunge base is useful, if needed for a particular application, and is an option found on bigger, more powerful routers. The router in the Ridgid combo deal is a smaller, hand-held tool that’s especially useful for specific applications. See here.

-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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