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06-11-2012 12:35 AM

Topic tags/keywords: sander orbital random orbital sander help question

Hey guys- It’s this time again.
I need a orbital sander!
What orbital sander would you recommend guys?
Any comments or any chat about which sander is the best is appriciated!

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#1 posted 06-11-2012 12:53 AM

No one has a “best” orbital sander?

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#2 posted 06-11-2012 01:07 AM

I don’t own one, but the high school shop has a bunch of the Dewalt orbital sanders. I think they’re decent. I imagine that they must be durable for they still running after all the abuse from students.

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#3 posted 06-11-2012 01:28 AM

I own a Dewalt variable speed random orbital sander and I am liking it so far. It works really nice and I think that the variable speed is important. I have also tried…and really want a festool RAS….but those are a little more costly. I guess it really depends on how much you wanna dish out!!

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#4 posted 06-11-2012 01:31 AM

Festool rocks!

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#5 posted 06-11-2012 01:41 AM

I use a Ridgid, but I have a brand new DeWalt I haven’t used yet. I’d suggest a 5” because the paper is easier to find.

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#6 posted 06-11-2012 02:01 AM

Any one own a porter cable 390k?
That one so far looks the best for budget, use and reliability

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#7 posted 06-11-2012 02:13 AM

I have been using the Porter Cable 390K for about 1 1/2 years and I am very pleased with it. It is a little big for me to use one handed for a length of time but I think that is true for any sander this shape. I had tried a friend’s PC 382 and don’t think it is near the sander as the 390K. I have yet to hook it up to dust collection but the attached canister catches alot. I would certainly buy it again.

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#8 posted 06-11-2012 02:21 AM

I like the Dewalt ROS that I have two of them. Absolutely love it and I have for “nice” things and one for “grimy” things. Sometimes I hook it up to a vac, if I’m going to be working for a while, otherwise the bag works great and is big enough to be useful.

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#9 posted 06-11-2012 04:05 AM

I have an old Porter Cable and old Craftsman. The PC is quieter

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#10 posted 06-11-2012 06:22 AM

I wore out a Bosch that was pretty good, but the Festool ETS 150 that I replaced it with is excellent. With a vac attached it is great at picking up almost all of the dust.

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#11 posted 06-11-2012 11:09 AM

I’ll be looking more into the PC 390 K.
Seems like a good machine with a brushless motor

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#12 posted 06-11-2012 11:39 AM

DeWalt and Bosch are both good sanders and I had both for years without problems. However, Festool is far superior in terms of dust pickup (virtually no dust) and low vibration.

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#13 posted 06-11-2012 12:13 PM

I have an older PC 333, a Makita BO5010, McCulloch MA8410 and a DeWalt D26456. Of the four, I like the Porter Cable 333 the best but unfortunately they don’t make that model any longer. Next in line performance wise would be the DeWalt D26456 although I find it a little large in diameter to hold onto at times, I have small hands. The Makita really hogs off material but I’ve found it leaves swirl marks and the McCulloch was my first sander years ago and not one of my better purchases.

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#14 posted 06-11-2012 12:38 PM

I have the PC390 and it is a nice sander. The only drawback is that it kicks out a dust cloud every now and then, but I use it above my downdraft table. You can also look at the new bosch sander that boasts minimal vibration. I have it’s lookalike (can’t remember the number) and it’s better than 10 yrs old.

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#15 posted 06-11-2012 01:37 PM

I have used a DeWalt DW421 single speed sander for more years than I can count. It simply will not die. I recently bought the PC 390 and the new Milwaukee because I got an incredible deal on both. I gave both a workout this weekend on a cherry tabletop I glued up. After I ran the belt sander over it, I “played” with both of the new sanders. Kind of my own “magazine type” test. I tried to bog each of them down. Tested dust collection. Looked at swirl marks and wood removal rate. What felt comfortable and what didn’t. I really like the low profile of the PC 390 but the Milwaukee felt good in my hand too. with both of them, you can hang on to these sanders all day long and there is little vibration. thats was always the draw back of the DeWalt. It vibrates a bit and you feel that after a long sanding session. I thought the PC was a little finiky about staying attached to my Fein Turbo II shop vac. the hose came off twice. No big deal but it was annoying. No such issue with the Milwaukee. At top speed, there was no question in my mind that the Milwaukee really hogs off wood compared to the PC. Its very aggressive when you need it to be and it can “finesse it” if you need it to. Of the two sanders, I give the edge to the Milwaukee.

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