random orbit sander under $200.00 ??

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Forum topic by eddy posted 08-21-2012 04:35 PM 1741 views 0 times favorited 31 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-21-2012 04:35 PM

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so my sander is on its last leg (sanding over 200 cutting boards will do that) there are so many to chose from
i am not sure where to go i like the porta cable 390k just looking for some hands on reviews here

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 04:41 PM

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 04:51 PM

I know it’s a little over your stated price point at $230, but the Bosch 1250 is an absolute beast for the kind of heavy-duty use you’re talking about.

I use a Ridgid like the first one Bert linked for finish work, but the Bosch is my go-to when I need significant stock removal.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 04:51 PM

I would go with a 6” sander.

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 04:54 PM

I have a Porter cable that is about 15 years old and I have been very happy with it. But at that price point you can get a very nice ROS.

Check out the Makita BO6030, or for just a bit more than your budget, you could look at the Bosch 1250DEVS. But for under $100 you could get a very serviceable sander from just about any brand you prefer. These are the top rated on Amazon and there are MANY for less than $100.

ETA: CharlesM and I both like that Bosch! he posted while I was typing :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 06:16 PM

wow that bosch looks like a beast i would like to put my hands on one to ck it out

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#6 posted 08-21-2012 11:06 PM

I’ll be followin along to see everyones 2-cents…. I’ve been thinkin of getting a a 6” ros myself soon. Sorry I have nuttin to contribute, but, I too will appreciate all responses along with eddy

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#7 posted 08-21-2012 11:17 PM

if you got that many cutting boards.

you need to try 150 ro festool

my guess is at 3 dollars an hour you pay for it in saved time.

tell woodcraft you want to demo it on one of your boards

i have bosch and the big rigid sander…they are nothing compaired to this

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 12:31 AM

I have the 390k and love it. No need to look for a different sander IMHO.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 12:49 AM

I have a mid 90’s Porter Cable 6 inch ROS, essentially a grinder with an oscillating head. I don’t know if PC quality is still there, but Makita and Bosch make great sanders as well.

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 02:28 PM

Hi Eddy,

I thought you had a drum sander but I don’t see one in your shop. Wouldn’t that maybe be a better way to go? I’ve seen articles about making them.

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 03:48 PM

I have a PC 330 speed block and it is absolutely terrific. I’ve done a couple dozen bread boards and a number of larger case goods—it still runs like new. Light enough to handhold vertically for edges of breadboards, yet powerful enough to tackle sawmarks on oak end grains. While it can be very aggressive, the 1/64 inch orbit will produce a perfectly smooth surface with no marks when using 220 grit paper.

It’s a quarter sheet which, for me means less tossing of partially used up pieces of paper and let’s me get into tight corners.

Sells for around $100.

-- I dream of a world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 03:54 PM

I have the porter cable 5’ random orbital sander. Its a great sander, but I would go with the bigger porter cable sander. I think its a 6’ and retails for about $100.00. Its a great sander, I would buy it.


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#13 posted 08-22-2012 07:12 PM

so many choices still looking i still would like to put my hands on a bosch. i dont like to buy blind and all i can see for the is internet stores the festool sounds great but a $450.00not incluiding a vac. little out of my leage
yes randy i do have a drum sander i have a jet 16/32 look at the last picture of my shop. i use it to flatten the boards then a ros to get the surface to about 320 befor finishing lots of input from you guys thanks i have a problem with over thinking things and draging them out so i may not have a sander for another week or so

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#14 posted 08-22-2012 07:24 PM

check out dewalt and bosch

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#15 posted 08-22-2012 07:38 PM

MESA, AZ 85204

As Ducky911 opined, the ro150 Festool is worth trying. You get a 30day
try out and if it isn’t up to snuff you get your money back. No questions asked.
The savings alone on the sandpaper is worth the investment. You use
less sand paper to do more work, and it more than makes up for it
in the long run.

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