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Gilley23

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09-12-2017 04:06 PM

Going to be doing a lot of sanding in my house soon and my little Ryobi won’t cut it for in the house use. Also, the little sucker blows a cloud of dust almost every time it’s turned on.

Festool is out, I’m not paying Festool money for a ROS and then have to buy special paper for it. It’s got to be a 120v, 5” that uses the normal 5”, 8 hole paper, as I already have tons of 5” paper. I keep looking at the Bosch 3725DEVS or the Bosch ROS20VSC. For twice the cost of the ROS20VSC, is the 3725 worth it? I’d like to keep it under $150 if that’s possible. I’ve also read really good things about the compact DeWalt and matching Porter Cable models, but it looks like they’ve been discontinued.

Anybody have strong opinions on certain models?


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CharlesA

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#1 posted 09-12-2017 04:13 PM

I got in on the cheap festool, but before that I was using the DeWalt ROS with a Ridgid 14 gal shop vac and that handled all the dust I could generate.

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#2 posted 09-12-2017 04:27 PM

I’ve used a Bosch 3725 for more years than I can remember (15 +/-, I think), and to be honest with the optional connecting device and having it hooked to a shop vac, I don’t see how a Festool can be better. But I did have to cobble together a vent arrangement with the vac, it actually sucked the sander into the wood and I was worried about wearing out the pad. Eventually I did buy a VS vac to solve the problem. I did buy the cheap Festool sander when it was released ($99) but I haven’t used it yet.

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#3 posted 09-12-2017 04:27 PM

I can’t speak for the 3725 but I have a 20 and a 65. The 20 is more of a a finish sander in my opinion. I think the 65 has less vibration and is more comfortable to use for larger projects. The 20 will get into tighter spaces. They both are quality tools, good value for the price. DC on both is pretty good with the included attachment, better with a vac attached but if you go the vac route be sure you have a HEPA filter in the vac or you will just redistribute the fine dust around the house from the vac exhaust anyway. Don’t ask me how I know that….

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DS

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#4 posted 09-12-2017 04:28 PM

I use the DeWalt ROS and it does well even with just the small bag collector it comes with.
It doesn’t look discontinued as the HD big box still sells it for $59.

My only complaint (and they may have fixed it by now) is the switch on the DeWalt gets easily bumped to “off” while I’m working and is a little harder to switch to “on”.
Sorry that I don’t have a better recommendation. Good luck though.

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#5 posted 09-12-2017 05:24 PM

I use a cheap Skil ROS with my ShopVac and don’t really have any dust at all. Been using that sander for three or four years without any issues. About $40. I purchased mine at Wal-Mart.

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Gilley23

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#6 posted 09-12-2017 05:33 PM

DS, sorry I didn’t put the model numbers in the first post, I was referring to the Porter Cable 390K https://www.amazon.com/PORTER-CABLE-390K-5-Inch-Profile-Collection/dp/B001B2EGLK and the Dewalt D26456. Looks like the same sander with different paint.


I use the DeWalt ROS and it does well even with just the small bag collector it comes with.
It doesn t look discontinued as the HD big box still sells it for $59.

My only complaint (and they may have fixed it by now) is the switch on the DeWalt gets easily bumped to “off” while I m working and is a little harder to switch to “on”.
Sorry that I don t have a better recommendation. Good luck though.

- DS


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Gilley23

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#7 posted 09-12-2017 05:43 PM

Fred, can the black handle on the front be removed from the 3725? I’m going to have to sand up flush to a wall in a corner, I want to use the ROS as much as possible to keep the hand sanding to a minimum.


I ve used a Bosch 3725 for more years than I can remember (15 +/-, I think), and to be honest with the optional connecting device and having it hooked to a shop vac, I don t see how a Festool can be better. But I did have to cobble together a vent arrangement with the vac, it actually sucked the sander into the wood and I was worried about wearing out the pad. Eventually I did buy a VS vac to solve the problem. I did buy the cheap Festool sander when it was released ($99) but I haven t used it yet.

- Fred Hargis


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#8 posted 09-12-2017 05:47 PM

I think the best value is the Porter Cable. It runs between $42-$49 at Lowes: That sander is a true workhorse. We use them all day every day in my shop. I connect mine to my 2HP dust collector via the Rockler small hose port kit, and I get almost zero dust when connected this way.

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Gilley23

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#9 posted 09-12-2017 05:53 PM

This one?
https://m.lowes.com/pd/PORTER-CABLE-1-9-Amp-Orbital-Sander/3275809


I think the best value is the Porter Cable. It runs between $42-$49 at Lowes: That sander is a true workhorse. We use them all day every day in my shop. I connect mine to my 2HP dust collector via the Rockler small hose port kit, and I get almost zero dust when connected this way.

- SweetTea


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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 09-12-2017 05:58 PM


Fred, can the black handle on the front be removed from the 3725? I m going to have to sand up flush to a wall in a corner, I want to use the ROS as much as possible to keep the hand sanding to a minimum.
- Gilley23

Well, I’ve never done that…but just for you I looked. There is one socket hex head bolt holding it on, it’s 5MM. Unscrew that and the front handle comes right off.

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Gilley23

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#11 posted 09-12-2017 07:29 PM

Awesome, thanks.

Fred, can the black handle on the front be removed from the 3725? I m going to have to sand up flush to a wall in a corner, I want to use the ROS as much as possible to keep the hand sanding to a minimum.
- Gilley23

Well, I ve never done that…but just for you I looked. There is one socket hex head bolt holding it on, it s 5MM. Unscrew that and the front handle comes right off.

- Fred Hargis


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Mainiac Matt

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#12 posted 09-12-2017 07:47 PM

I went through this same decision making process when my old Skill sander died.

I chose the Milwaukee 6021‑21 5” ROS. I find that it is very powerful and the VS is very useful.

But I love the soft start… that’s a nice feature.

Also, the hose hook up fit’s right in my 2.5” shop vac hose with no adapter or fuss… and it catches almost all of the dust… literally, I don’t see any dust. (note: I have a HEPA filter on my shop vac, so the dust stays in side it).

I made my decision based on reviews here on Lumber Jocks …. specifically, from some of the woodworkers who’s projects I admire.

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retfr8flyr

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#13 posted 09-12-2017 07:59 PM

I have a PC 390K and the DC is very good on that sander. I wanted to get another sander and I was in the same position as you about DC. I looked at everything and one of my main interests was vibration control, along with the DC. I looked at everything and ended up getting the Bosch ROS65VC. I have been very happy with this sander. The vibration control is fantastic and DC is also great with an external DC, I haven’t tried it without but I think it would do a good job.

-- Earl

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bigJohninvegas

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#14 posted 09-13-2017 02:02 AM

I have the bosch ROS20VSC. Very happy with it. The only other I have used is the Ridgid, and it is a POS.
I have a friend that thinks the bosch works about as good as her festool. And given the price difference, better.
Dust collection on the bosch is great too.

-- John

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#15 posted 09-13-2017 03:32 AM

The Bosch ROS20VSC

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