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494 days ago

Morning all. I’m thinking of getting an orbital sander. Most likely around the $100 mark. I find the magazine
reviews pretty much non committal and the owner reviews very biased. Then you go to the owner reviews on Amazon and every brand has huge problems and they are mostly all junk. I found the same problem when shopping for a band saw. If you don’t mind….What do you folks use and what are your impressions good and bad. Thank you.

-- Mark


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brtech

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#1 posted 494 days ago

At $100, you are in the upper end of the low range product (the Festool and Mirkos are the high end). Porter Cable and Dewalt make fine ROS in that price range. I have a PC, and it’s fine. A bit more vibration than I would like, the “bag” is useless, and I need an adapter from my shop vac hose, but it is reliable, reasonably quiet, and works well.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 494 days ago

I’ve had this bosch ROS for a few years now. It’s been so, so, nice compared to my (much older) dewalt. I did think the dewalt is well made though. What I like about the bosch is that it’s well made, has super dust collection with a vac. and has virtually no vibration. You can sand 2 hrs straight and no tingly feeling in your hand. I’ve done a lot of sanding with it. I expect by this time that I will have it most of my woodworking life.

Amazon has 82 of the 99 ratings in the 4-5 star range. it’s rating is 4.5 stars overall. It’s $69 on amazon and is $59 right now at Lowes. 18 high ratings there too.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Earlextech

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#3 posted 494 days ago

Get what you need at a real tool store – not a big box. You’ll get pro quality instead of homeowner quality. I like my Porter Cable ROS.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#4 posted 494 days ago

I own 7 ROS including Bosch,porter cable, but my favorite one that I always grab for first is this one.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-5-in-Random-Orbit-Sander-6021-21/100609940#.UWwdMqKG0g8

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wiswood2

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#5 posted 494 days ago

I got two dewalts no problem
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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BinghamtonEd

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#6 posted 494 days ago

I like my DeWalt…$85 at the BORG or Lowes. I’ve owned it for about 2 years. I think it’s basically the same as the comparable PC version.

It works great. The little back collects dust OK at best, but hooking it up to my Shop Vac worked great, and made the paper last longer. Now that I use Abranet on it, I get almost no dust at all when sanding.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 494 days ago

Have a couple PCs and a Rigid. By far, I like the Rigid best. Smoother operation and more aggressive.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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syenefarmer

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#8 posted 494 days ago

Porter Cable, Bosch, DeWalt, Milwaukee, Makita, etc are all good contractor quality sanders. I would stay away from B&D, Skil, store house brands, HF, Grizzly and any of the other low end sanders. Find the contractor quality brand that fits best in your hand and buy that one.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 494 days ago

This is a different opinion of one who doesn’t do carpentry for a living. I bought (because of my small budget for this hobby/life we all love) the Skil ROS about 5 months ago. It was reconditioned and it cost me about 40 bucks. That sander is made along the same fashion that Bosch is made. It has been perfect. It has excellent dust collection when hooked to a vacuum, and has done everything I have put it through. Bear in mind that I don’t do this for a living and am not using it for 16 hours a day. But for all of the projects that I have done, I have spent a fair amount of time sanding with it and it has been easily controlled, works well with my hand. And now I don’t approach sanding with as much loathing as I used to.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 494 days ago

“Get what you need at a real tool store – not a big box. You’ll get pro quality instead of homeowner quality. I like my Porter Cable ROS.”

Funny, an online search doesn’t find porter cable sanders at any ‘real’ tool stores. A bunch of online stuff but not at places like woodcraft, rocklers. etc. Lowes and Home depot seem to be their major retailer.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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NiteWalker

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#11 posted 494 days ago

I have the same sander as BinghamtonEd and love it. It’s identical to the pc 390 except for the color.

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

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PhilG

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#12 posted 494 days ago

I too have the Dewalt sander like BinghamptonEd. Works very well for me. If you have a budget of $100, I’d make sure you set aside some money to get various grit papers for your sander. Just like ink cartridges for a printer, you’ll be spending more money on sandpaper than you do on the sander over the life of this thing.

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BinghamtonEd

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#13 posted 494 days ago

Side note : Do you own card scrapers? I’ve found that since I purchased mine (and they’re relatively cheap), I use the ROS less. Not trying to de-rail the topic.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#15 posted 494 days ago

I’ve had one B&D, one Ryobe, one Porter Cable, three Ridgid, and two Dewalt. May of had a Craftsman (or was it a Skill?) years ago. Truth? I couldn’t recommend any of them, they are all what you should expect from a $40-$60 tool. I consider them “expendable”, you know, like drill bits or rechargeable batteries. So it no longer bothers me when I have to replace them. Flip a coin

-- Jim from Doniphan

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