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Forum topic by ohtimberwolf posted 03-28-2014 12:38 PM 876 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ohtimberwolf

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03-28-2014 12:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bosch sander vs 8 hole

Is this a good sander and is this a good buy? I want a VS 8 hole but is there a better buy for the money?
larry

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bosch-5-in-Variable-Speed-Random-Orbit-Sander-Polisher-Kit-ROS20VSK/202691143?N=5yc1vZc28sZ9u

Free shipping to the house.

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#1 posted 03-28-2014 01:17 PM

Yes. This is a very nice sander (I have one) but I think you can do better on price. I saw it at $59 at Lowes earlier this week.
Be aware that you’ll need an adapter if you want to use it with a shop vac.

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#2 posted 03-28-2014 01:20 PM

I did a lot of looking at ROS sanders 8 months or so ago. This sander got really good reviews and I believe they were very impressed w/ the dust collection. The top in most of the reviews I saw was the low profile porter cable. It gave the best results and most even sanding with no swirls and was comfortable to use. I have both the PC and a Dewalt VS ROS in the shop and the Dewalt just gathers dust. The PC really is a pleasure to use.

I am not sure if it was this month or last, but I think Woodcraft had the PC on sale for $89 or so.

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#3 posted 03-28-2014 01:21 PM

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 01:36 PM

I have the dewalt version (same sander but yellow) of the sander Marcus posted and love it.

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

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#5 posted 03-28-2014 05:15 PM

I had to go out so these answers to my post I saw when I got back from running errands. I bought the Borsch while I was out for $59.00 Suits my little usage ok I think. Thanks guys.

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#6 posted 03-28-2014 07:47 PM

We have one of the Bosch and a few of the PC sanders in my shop. The Bosch is a good sander but didn’t hold up as well as the PCs have. The little white rings that acts as a brake on the pad wears too quickly IMO and, while dust collection is marginally better to start, the o-ring that holds the filter box in place gets loose after a few months.

We’re blessed to stay busy so tools, especially sanders, see a lot of use. In a hobby shop, I’m sure they would both be great tools but in our shop being used 5-6 days a week to make a living, the PC fits my needs better. I’ve only tried one of the Bosch sanders so I may have just got one that slipped thru quality control as I’ve heard a lot of great reviews of Bosch tools.

-- Lyall & Sons Woodsmiths...Custom handcrafted woodwork since 1989

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#7 posted 03-29-2014 12:12 AM

You did good. The bosch is one of the better sanders that isn’t the 390k/d26456.

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

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#8 posted 03-29-2014 12:18 AM

its a good sander. But I like the bosch 1/4 sheet sander better. It eats wood but is fine enough to do delicate sanding.

The only problem with the 1/4 sheet is paper ripping where the ROS have more stout paper. But that’s a minor because the 1/4 is so much finer.

-- Jeff NJ

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#9 posted 03-29-2014 12:23 AM

I can’t comment on the Bosch, but I can recommend the Porter-Cable low profile sander. I got one when they first came out, and am very happy with it.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 03-29-2014 12:32 AM

It is not a good buy simply because it is not a very good sander. I’ve had one

I’ve owned and used several Bosch ( low to high end)

If your set on Bosch you’ll need to plan on 150.00 bucks and up if you want to experiance their worthy options.

Pretty simple, there is not a decent ros on the new market for under 100 bucks

Good luck with it
JB

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#11 posted 03-29-2014 01:34 AM

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#12 posted 03-29-2014 02:21 AM

JB, what was wrong with it?

156 reviews on amazon with a 4.5 star average doesn’t seem bad to me.

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

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#13 posted 03-29-2014 02:56 AM

Nite walker, it is not make nor designed for a long service life .

Electronics (switch) is cheesy, all that really means if it is a daily user you’ll be lucky to get 6 months out of it or even less if you have a heavy sanding schedule

If you just need to do a little sanding occasionally you may like it and if you have nothing else to compare it too you may even love it !

The price is attractive for sure but that price should be a red flag as well.

When it comes to bosch, look at the models made in switzerland, not china.

Bosch like many other companies should be embarrassed by their lower shelf products, but hey it does make for more product for your next garage sale.

Good luck with it
JB

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#14 posted 03-29-2014 11:59 AM

Thanks all you guys, I really do appreciate your comments. It will be used very little, probably only until I’m out of the stack of disks I got for next to nothing in a box at an auction. I have other types also that are inexpensive and they are still running.

Lowes had this sander at $120 marked down to $99. I posted here the next day then found the same sander at HD for $79.00. Then I had to leave so while I was out I stopped at lowes and asked them if they would honor HD pricing and when I went over to the shelf the sander was marked down to $59 so I bought it.

It will work for me so no regrets for the time being. larry

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#15 posted 03-29-2014 02:59 PM

After you use it for a while give us a review.

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