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packetsmacker

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653 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: orbital sander

i have a craftsman ROS that’s about 5 years old. I noticed it seems to do this strange thing as if it gets caught on the wood and jerks the sander. I suspect its not working correctly. My understanding is the ROS spins in an elliptical fashion. it seems if you move the disk around, powered off, it moves at two points so there is the elliptical motion and a spinning motion if that makes sense.

should i replace it or try to take it apart and give it a good cleaning? I probable only paid $30-$40 for it. I if i should get a new one what do you guys/girls like best? I am not a pro. I used my old sander for a lot of home repair stuff as well but I don’t think i need a heave duty sander.


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lieutenantdan

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#1 posted 653 days ago

Get a new one. It is not worth the stress.

-- "Of all the things I have lost in life, I miss my mind the most."

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teejk

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#2 posted 653 days ago

try letting the sander do the work without any downward pressure on your part (that’s how they are supposed to work…Dewalt/PC machines will not work at all with pressure…your hand is only used to guide even though the top of the old PC made it look like a handgrip).

5 years old on a Crapsman probably says you got 4 years more out of it than most so consider yourself lucky. as noted above you could try to repair but in most cases the parts will cost more than a new one (I have an old Milw and 2 PC’s that run good but didn’t make sense to repair).

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 653 days ago

You said the magic word “Craftsman” Not worth the effort. After buying and using 8 different ROS’s I found this this guy and it’s great.
http://www.amazon.com/Milwaukee-6021-21-Random-Sander-collection/dp/B0012RWCF6

Sometimes you can find them refurbished for $20-$40 less.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 653 days ago

If you get a new one stay clear of the Ridgid. I have a 5” and a 6” and both need new pads, the 6” broke the rubber pad under the velcro pad too. POS>

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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RussellAP

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#5 posted 653 days ago

I’m with Jim, I’m going to have to get me one of them Milwaukee ROS. I have a dewalt 5” so should I get a 6” Jim?

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 653 days ago

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Brandon

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#7 posted 653 days ago

I have the Milwaukee 5” ROS and love it. It has been very dependable and hasn’t given me any trouble. I had to replace the pad once (my fault) but that was only $6 from the Milwaukee store.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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pintodeluxe

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#8 posted 653 days ago

bosch and Dewalt make good 5” ROS’s

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

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bladedust

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#9 posted 653 days ago

Home Depot has them brand new for $59

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?productId=100609940&storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&PID=1796839&cm_mmc=CJ%2d%5f%2d1796839%2d%5f%2d10368321&SID=26570103&AID=10368321&cj=true

-- ok, is it cut once measure twice, cut twice measure once???? I know....I'll just keep cutting until it's long enough.

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 652 days ago

I prefer the 5” Russ
Good price Bladedust, Thanks

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Brandon

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#11 posted 652 days ago

I bought mine at HD and they even accepted an HF 20% off coupon. So I’d definitely give that a try.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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packetsmacker

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#12 posted 652 days ago

wow thanks for all the info everyone. I think I will try the Milwaukee.

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 652 days ago

I hope you like yours as well as I like mine.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Tennessee

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#14 posted 652 days ago

Jee wizz, Jim…am I gonna have to go out and get a Milwaukee ROS now? I just got the new Bosch with the little Hepa on the back and I love it. Tool freak that I am, I just know I will have a Milwaukee in my hand next time I am out looking around. It’s hopeless…

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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a1Jim

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#15 posted 652 days ago

Hey Paul why do you think I own 8 ROS ? :)) Could I be a tool freak too? LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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