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KayBee

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08-17-2010 04:27 AM

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I need a new random orbit sander. Which one? I’m leaning toward a 5” because the discs are cheaper. Some kind of dust collection is important. Don’t think I can afford a Festool and can’t wait for a deal on ebay. Also, my hands are kind of small, but regular woman sized. So, folks what’s the best thing out there? Best deal going on discs these days?

karen

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way


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Todd46

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#1 posted 08-17-2010 04:27 AM

dewalt

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#2 posted 08-17-2010 04:58 AM

I bought a porter cable and have hooked up my small shop vac to its dust port. Pulls all the dust up through the holes in the base of the hook and loop. Not a bad substitute for a festool!

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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cutmantom

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#3 posted 08-17-2010 05:14 AM

at a cabinet shop I used to work at the rigid seemed to last the best

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KayBee

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#4 posted 08-17-2010 05:29 AM

1 vote each for dewalt, ridgid and pc. Thanks for the feedback. BTW, which porter cable?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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jsdnnoanybtr

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#5 posted 08-17-2010 05:45 AM

I am partcial to the Bosch sanders, most any of them. Specifically this one
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-3727DEVS-Variable-Polisher-Canister/dp/B0000VUN7Y/ref=pd_sxp_grid_pt_0_2
or the one down in price from it.
http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-3107DVS-5-Inch-Polisher-Canister/dp/B0000223H5/ref=pd_sxp_grid_i_0_1
I have several. Use ‘em mostly for metal though.
Stay away from the Craftsman in general. Way too much vibration. I got a couple of them as well.
Here is a sweet heart of a half sheet sander
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-6010-6-Sheet-Orbital-Sander/dp/B00004T170/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=industrial&qid=1282016941&sr=8-1-catcorr

PS: small man hands here

-- jsdnnoanybtr but you can call me jr

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#6 posted 08-17-2010 06:33 AM

The Ridgid 6” ROS is a replica of the Metabo of old. I’ve had mine for 7 years and it is one helluva workhorse that has been my “go to” since I got it. IMHO it can’t be beat.
good luck,
Don

-- Don in San Diego, Ca.

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#7 posted 08-17-2010 06:47 AM

I have a PC 343VS And a Ridgid R2601 both are 5” and they are great sanders. I’ve had the PC for 3 years and I’ve had the Ridgid for a year and 1/2 never had a problem with the PC the Ridgid’s pad H&l quit sticking a few months back but I quickly recived a replacement pad from the LSA that Ridgid offers.

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#8 posted 08-17-2010 07:09 AM

I have one of the small green borch (it just the cheap serie of the blue)
but it has served me well 12-15 years now
not that it is used every week but it has twohands grib if you need it
and you can atacsh a wacumcleaner to it

Dennis

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#9 posted 08-17-2010 07:53 AM

i will second JR, dust collection without a vac is still quite effective, but it is well designed to be hoocked to a vac. then it leaves no dust behind at all.
it’s comfortable to use with it’s front and rear handles.

dewalt hasn’t got the best image in europe, though it’s an expensive brand here, the quality is not up there(anymore?) with the other big players festool and bosch, and maybe makita aswell.

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#10 posted 08-17-2010 02:09 PM

I own a PC, Bosch and Rigid. All have their good and bad points. For some reason though, I always seem to be using the Rigid more than either of the others.

Aaron….Mine too! What’s an SLA? Did the new one last any longer?

-- 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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#11 posted 08-17-2010 03:13 PM

I owned 2 Dewalt, sold them because of the vibration to buy Porter Cable. They have been good performers for me for over 10 years.
Also have the 6” PC, which I don’t use nearly as much.

I recently looked at the Milwaukee 5”, it is light and easy to grip. Not too sure about the DC but I am sure tempted to try one.

Lots of options out there now!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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ABrown

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#12 posted 08-17-2010 03:50 PM

Gene, The LSA is a Lifetime Service Agreement that RIDGID offers In addition to the 3-Year Limited Service Warranty. The Lifetime Service Agreement provides the original owner of RIDGID Brand tools a lifetime
of free replacement batteries, free service and free replacement parts. To Get Lifetime Service
Agreement, you got to register your product and give them a proof of purchase. and you got to be the original owner. I’ve had the new one for a couple of months and it’s still sticking.
Hope that helps you out Gene.

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#13 posted 08-17-2010 04:39 PM

Karen,
The Porter Cable 390K low profile is the one I have. You just pull off the small tube in the back that houses the dust and hook up a shop vac. You say you have small hands. Try the 343vsk version. Smaller gripping area (it just sits a little higher than the other one.) But no matter the choice make sure you get a hook and loop. You can quickly change back and forth between grit sizes.
Good luck.

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#14 posted 08-18-2010 02:05 AM

I also have the PC 390k and I like it.

-- In God We Trust

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#15 posted 08-18-2010 02:24 AM

PC 390k

-- DaveH - Boise, Idaho - “How hard can it be? It's only wood!”

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