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Blackie_

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10-02-2014 01:01 PM

I’m planning on purchasing 2 orbital sanders today and have read more positive then negative reviews on the HF Chicago electric Random Orbital Palm Sander but with the past luck I’ve had with HF (all bad) I made a vow to be very selective of what I buy from there, the only item that I still have that’s working like a champ to my surprise is my HF DC which is heavily used, I even had a high end furniture maker that has used them all but he too relies on the HF brand orbital sander and recommended it, so I just don’t know, should I stick to my vow?

I currently have in my inventory a Skil iron shaped palm sander (Its Ok) lightly used but still low end and a Dewalt Orbital, so now I’m in the market for two more Orbital sanders though I favor name brand dependable sanders the coast would put me over the $120.00 mark in which two HF would barely put me over the $50 mark, so I was hoping I could get opinions from you fellow LJ’s.

1. Buy dependable
2. Buy a gamble at $25.00 each in which to me is what HF really is.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs


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distrbd

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#1 posted 10-02-2014 01:11 PM

Are you happy with your Dewalt orbital? I have a D26451K and so far it’s worked like it should,the dust collector works well too.I highly recommend it.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 10-02-2014 01:15 PM

Yes Ken very happy with it, it also gives me a sign of satisfaction knowing I can rely on it, my gut is telling me to stick with my vow, but still thought I’d ask this question in the forums.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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RogerBean

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 01:16 PM

Whenever, over the years, I’ve yielded to the temptation to go with something less than top quality, I have always regretted it later. I am no longer tempted to try to save a couple bucks. I am much happier. My current go to sander (though I don’t use power sanders all that often) is a Porter Cable low profile. The brake feature is handy.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 01:19 PM

Yep Roger me too, I agree, what pushed me to ask this question is why would a high end furniture maker recommend it, and with his reputation in furniture making after him telling me that kind of threw me a curve hence the reason I asked this question.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 10-02-2014 01:20 PM

I have the DeWalt low-profile 5” sander, and I really like it. I use abranet discs on it and they last a long time and never clog, and allow my shop vac with the cyclone to get 99% of the sanding dust. I would recommend it.

Regardless of what brand you go with, I think the HF is just that, a gamble. Maybe you’ll be satisfied, maybe you won’t. Even if it doesn’t die, are you going to be as pleased with its performance as a sander from a more reputable brand? Who knows. I buy quite a few things at HF, but I generally steer clear of their power tools, unless I need it for only one specific job, and don’t care if it doesn’t last.

For things that I’m going to be using day in and day out, I prefer to buy the most dependable that I can, within budget.

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

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 10-02-2014 01:23 PM

Hi Randy. My brother bought one of these sanders a year ago, model 69857 and has not had any problems with it yet.
He doesn’t give it much use since he is out of town a lot but he guessing he has 8 hours on it.
I tried it myself and it seemed to work just as good as my Milwaukee.
The only difference I see was the Milwaukee runs much much smoother and quieter. I like the smoother and quieter myself. If you go to purchase one at HF ask to test it in the store to make sure it works. That way you could judge for yourself. I have seen others do the same. I Hope that helps.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 10-02-2014 01:44 PM

IF you have a big enough compressor, buy a Dynabrade Spirit from AB’s Gloves and Abrasives. I’ve had mine several years and haven’t picked my DeWalt up since I bought it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 10-02-2014 01:57 PM

Andy, I know what you mean about dependability and thanks! but I have to stay within budget, I looked at the pricing on those, one is prob be all I’d need with switching out sanding pads but it’s still a bit high for me.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Woodwrecker

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#9 posted 10-02-2014 02:16 PM

I have both.

The DeWalt has a little less vibration, and a little better dust collection. ($139.00)
I use my HF’s for rough work and such, and use the hell out of them, and they keep coming back for more. (under $20.00 with a super coupon)

I am getting the impression that HF’s quality has come up in recent years on certain products.
I hope this helps.

-- Eric, central Florida

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CharlesA

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#10 posted 10-02-2014 02:23 PM

Not much more than a HF.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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ChefHDAN

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#11 posted 10-02-2014 02:42 PM

My dewalt VS ROS is my go to unit, ive had to replace pads and the collection sock but it’s still running well. Biggest difference I notice when I grab the PC or a Skill POS, (gift from Mother in Law) is the noise and the vibration, I’ve actually put the Skill out in the garage sale two years in a row and no one wants it.

These guys have 5 of them in stock for $65
http://www.amazon.com/Factory-Reconditioned-DEWALT-D26453KR-5-Inch-Variable/dp/B0007LXUT0

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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BinghamtonEd

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#12 posted 10-02-2014 03:05 PM

Dan, if you have a DC or shop vac, I’d recommend ditching the collection bag. I noticed once I did, the paper lasted a lot longer and didn’t gum up. When I moved to abranet, even better.

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

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paxorion

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#13 posted 10-02-2014 03:22 PM

I somehow accumulated a slew of 5” random orbit sanders in the last 2 years. I had a cheapo Craftsman from years ago that had so much vibration, it always left my hand shaking after use. That can’t be a good thing and long-term will lead to repetitive strain injury. I strongly advise against inexpensive sanders because there is absolutely an ergonomics difference, which translates to longevity of woodworking career.

Eventually I got a Dewalt D26451K as well (no variable speed) which was a vast improvement. The sanding speed seems a bit slower than the Craftsman (likely because it wasn’t flying everywhere and shaking profusely in use) but I had far more control and my hand experienced significantly fewer physical repercussions. The Bosch equivalent is the one CharlesA posted.

Recently, I bought a Bosch ROS20VS, as I found the lack of variable speed to be a problem when sanding smaller pieces (i.e. anything slightly larger than the 5” pad…not anything smaller than the sander itself). Firing the sander up at full speed, even with a non-slip mat or bench cookies makes it very hard to control the pieces. With that, I now have 3 sanders for use depending on the situation. It also means I can dedicate sanders to specific grits, with the Craftsman for 60/80 (rarely used), the Dewalt for 120/150 (usually start at these grits), and the Bosch for 180/220 (usually finish at these grits).

-- paxorion

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distrbd

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#14 posted 10-02-2014 03:34 PM


Dan, if you have a DC or shop vac, I d recommend ditching the collection bag. I noticed once I did, the paper lasted a lot longer and didn t gum up. When I moved to abranet, even better.

- BinghamtonEd


+1.
Those Abranet discs do last a long time,although the recommended platen protector need to be installed in such a way so it does not restrict the air suction.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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CharlesA

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#15 posted 10-02-2014 03:55 PM

Everybody has their opinion and experiences. I’ve been very happy with my variable speed Bosch ROS, and I’ve been very happy with Bosch reconditioned tools. Here’s the whole sander lineup at the moment.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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