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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 06-26-2012 10:20 PM 1662 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ohtimberwolf

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06-26-2012 10:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: orbital sander 5 hole

I need a decent to good orbital sander and I have a lot of 5 hole round paper packs with the velcro type felt on them but I don’t know anything about them (got these at an auction) and how well they actually collect dust. It would be nice for a regular vacuum hose to fit up on it.

Any suggestions? larry

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 10:30 PM

I bought a random orbit variable speed Porter Cable low profile sander model #390 last year that I have run through the paces and it works great. It doesn’t use 5 hole though but you can cut additional holes in the ones you have and use them until they’re gone. The sander also has a round dust port for a bag or a hose. I use the hose with my DC and it really works great. The variable speed is also a good thing to have as well.

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 10:43 PM

I have that same sander as retiredcoastie and agree with what he said.

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#3 posted 06-26-2012 11:02 PM

I have a DeWalt 5” ROS that I connect to my DC. Works really well.

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 01:12 AM

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 11:30 AM

This sander is amazing. It rated just behind the festool in a lot of comparasions

Milwaukee 5 in. Random Orbit Sander

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#6 posted 07-02-2012 10:58 PM

Thanks guys but after doing a lot of review searching on the web I see a constant problem shows up with the velcro type felt on them going bad too quickly for me. I think I will stick with the clamp down type OS since I can cut paper although I don’t particularly like to do it. Maybe I’m too skeptical but I don’t like taking chances, can’t afford it.
Thanks again. larry

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 04:37 AM

There are pad savers available that save the velcro on the pads. They are the same size as the sandpaper and have the holes in them. Makes a good intermediary so the heat doesn’t transfer to the pad.

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 04:49 AM

The ROS sanders sometimes fail quickly because people press down
on them. Be aware that reviews may be written by individuals
who don’t know how to use or maintain the tool.

I’ve had a Dewalt for many years and while I don’t use it much
anymore (got a 6” Festool) I have never had any problem with
it other than a worn brake ring. I also do not bear down on
my sanders because I did in fact read the directions.

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 05:36 AM

My first ROS was a PC that lasted 18 years before it gave up the ghost. Sadly, you can’t get a PC like that anymore. I own the Bosch you asked about (as well as a Bosch detail sander) and I love it. Dust collection is very good with a shop vac and reasonably good with the supplied canister. I don’t know how people could have had the velcro go bad unless maybe they were pushing down the sander instead of letting it rest on the surface so it can do all the work (improper use as Loren suggested). Personally, I think that quarter and half sheet finish sanders are a pain in the ass and I can’t imagine ever buying one again.

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 06:06 AM

The differance between a finish sander and a ROS is night and day. I have 2 DeWalt 5” one PC 5” and one milwaukee 5” and they are all good sanders, my workhorse is the DeWalt’s I feel they are the most aggressive for fine sanding I go for the Milwaukee.

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#11 posted 07-05-2012 11:39 AM

Thanks guys, you changed my mind and I’ll go with the ROSl. larry

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#12 posted 07-05-2012 06:16 PM

Well, I bought the Bosch ROS20VSK at Lowes today. Has the adjustable speed. I hope I like it and at least I will know better how to use it properly with all the advice gi

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#13 posted 07-05-2012 06:22 PM

I had a Porter Cable worked fine for a long time I now have a Black&Decker and it works just as good as the other one.
They all die after a while depends in how often you use it and if you keep your paper too long on it and have to press on it it will damage it.

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