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Forum topic by lab7654 posted 11-20-2012 03:15 AM 1060 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-20-2012 03:15 AM

It’s getting to the point that relatives are asking what I’d like for christmas, and I know I’ve been craving a ROS for a while now. After reading the reviews and checking prices, I’m set on the Bosch 5” one. Only one problem—I found the models ROS10 and ROS20VSK… they look the exact same, but the ROS10 is $16-20 cheaper. What is the difference here? Even the model numbers are pretty different.

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 03:19 AM

I’m not sure, but I’m guessing the VS means variable speed.
I dunno.

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 03:22 AM

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 04:38 AM

Looked up both on the Bosch website and as waho pointed out, the later is indeed variable speed (7,500-12,000).
Plus the later also includes a carrying case which seems like it will be the hard plastic case, not a little box. Personally, those factors would justify the added expense but that’s up to you.

I’d check out Jim’s link though, he definitely knows what he’s talking about.

-- Ben from IL

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 09:57 PM

Jim- I considered that one, but the Bosch seemed a little more suited to my needs. How has it performed for you?
Ben- The variable speed is probably worth the extra money, but I probably wouldn’t use it much.
Jonathan- Thanks for the link. The reviews strengthened by push towards the Bosch sander.

I’ll probably go for the ROS20VSK, since I like having cases for things. Plus the variable speed will most likely come in handy some day. Thanks for the comments everyone!

-- Tristin King -- When in doubt, sand it.

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