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Forum topic by Dagobah posted 12-28-2016 10:40 PM 4127 views 0 times favorited 41 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Dagobah

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12-28-2016 10:40 PM

I’ve been using a porter cable ROS, but the vibes have recently started bothering my arms (I’ve got a desk job and a case of carpal tunnel to go with it).

Are there any random orbital sanders out there that transfer less vibrations?


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brtech

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#1 posted 12-28-2016 10:47 PM

The new Festool PRO5 ROS has considerably less vibration than my PC ROS. Better dust collection and better sanding to boot. It’s currently still sold out, but I think it will be available again soon. I paid $99 for mine, but that was an introductory special.

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tealetm

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#2 posted 12-28-2016 11:14 PM

anti vibration gloves.

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bonesbr549

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#3 posted 12-28-2016 11:16 PM

Oh man, I had the PC for a long time. I bought a festool never picked it up again. Not perfect but ergo is built in. So you do pay for Festool but you get what you pay for!

Highly recommend their hepa vac’s as well. Good Luck!

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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Quikenuff

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#4 posted 12-29-2016 12:00 AM

I have a Bosch ROS65VC-6 and it was like switching from driving a dump truck to driving a Cadillac. I don’t have a Festool sander to compare it to nor am I looking for a replacement. Spending that much on sander, I had buyers remorse while I waited for it to arrive and man, did that disappear the second I turned it on and put it to wood.

Quik

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#5 posted 12-29-2016 12:24 AM

The lowest vibration electric ROS currently sold is the Mirka Deros, the Festool ETS EC sanders are not far behind with the brushed Festool ETS sanders a little behind them. The Bosch ROS65 is slight step up in vibration but is significantly lower cost than particularly the Mirka which is $595. While I don’t have the numbers at my fingertips since all of these are sold in the EU they are actually objectively tested for vibration and the numbers fall out as I have outlined.

The Mirka Ceros and Deros are by far the best electric sander I have ever owned or used.

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Dagobah

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#6 posted 12-29-2016 01:01 AM



The lowest vibration electric ROS currently sold is the Mirka Deros, the Festool ETS EC sanders are not far behind with the brushed Festool ETS sanders a little behind them. The Bosch ROS65 is slight step up in vibration but is significantly lower cost than particularly the Mirka which is $595. While I don t have the numbers at my fingertips since all of these are sold in the EU they are actually objectively tested for vibration and the numbers fall out as I have
- AHuxley

Any idea where the Porter Cable lies in relation to the Bosch? As long as it’s reasonably better, sounds like I may want to start with the Bosch.

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AHuxley

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#7 posted 12-29-2016 01:53 AM


Any idea where the Porter Cable lies in relation to the Bosch? As long as it s reasonably better, sounds like I may want to start with the Bosch.

- Dagobah

I have never seen an objective test on a PC but if it is the 333 then the Bosch is significantly better but it is much more of a sander, if you are mainly working with items flat on a bench then no issue if you are working on preassembled sides the weight can be more of an issue and certainly working above your head but that is usually limited to site work.

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Woodknack

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#8 posted 12-29-2016 02:15 AM

I bought the $99 Festool and it an outstanding tool, very low vibration.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Dagobah

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#9 posted 12-29-2016 02:42 AM


I bought the $99 Festool and it an outstanding tool, very low vibration.

- Rick M

Are these still out of stock everywhere? And is the price above $99 now?

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#10 posted 12-29-2016 03:28 AM



The new Festool PRO5 ROS has considerably less vibration than my PC ROS. Better dust collection and better sanding to boot. It s currently still sold out, but I think it will be available again soon. I paid $99 for mine, but that was an introductory special.

- brtech


Of course as Festool PRO5 is a finishing sander with only 3 mm oscillation.

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 12-29-2016 03:48 AM

You haven’t felt vibration until you use the Ryobi ROS.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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JBrow

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#12 posted 12-29-2016 04:02 AM

Dagobah,

I am not sure you experience the same problem, but after extended sanding with the Port Cable sander, my fingers can begin to numb-up. I am not sure whether this discomfort is due to sander vibration or whether it is because my arms and hands remain more or less in the same position for a prolonged period (maybe both).

When this begins to happen, I don a pair of arm bands on the fore arms, just below the elbow and cinch the bands snug. I purchased the arm bands from the drug store for about $20 each. I found that numbness goes and stays away, I suppose because the arm bands keep muscle, tendons and ligaments tight together. I have also used several forms of carpal tunnel wrist/hand slip-on braces, but since the arm bands are effective and less difficult to wear when working, I prefer the arm bands.

It may be worth a mention to your doctor the next time you have a visit.

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dalepage

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#13 posted 12-29-2016 04:57 AM

Festool! Mine started vibrating so I sent it to the factory and they fixed it free.

It’s the best sander I ever used, much less owned.

If your tools are making you buy arms bands to counter the vibration, you need a new tool.

-- Dale

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Woodknack

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#14 posted 12-29-2016 05:04 AM



Are these still out of stock everywhere? And is the price above $99 now?
- Dagobah

Don’t know, haven’t checked. I already bought one so I don’t keep tabs on the price or availability. You might try Toolnut or another Festool retailer.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#15 posted 12-29-2016 05:07 AM

I’ve had white finger in the past from a lifetime of vibrating tools. My Mirka Ceros does not give me any problems. It is virtually vibration free.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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