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12-31-2014 01:33 PM

Well I thought I’d ask the community about their preferences on ROS sanders. In the past, I’ve used Dewalt but like most people who do a lot of sanding, the constant vibration lends to early fatigue and frustration. So what I’ve narrowed my search to is the Bosch ROS65VC-6, Festool, Mirka, and Metabo brands. Does anyone have any firsthand experience with these sanders. I’m not concerned with the price point as I’m looking for a sander to use for the next 10-15 years. For what it’s worth, while the Mirka is a beautiful unit there are not very favorable reviews on it. Thanks and happy New Year to all…

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#1 posted 12-31-2014 03:19 PM

Any help on this please?

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#2 posted 12-31-2014 03:24 PM

I like my Milwaukee ros very much.

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#3 posted 12-31-2014 03:28 PM

Price is no object, get the festool. Low vibration and the best dust collection.
I use the 6” porter cable, but it vibrates you to death after a good while of use.

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 03:41 PM

I got the Milwaukee on A1jim’s recommendation and have been happy with it going on 2 years now.

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#5 posted 12-31-2014 03:49 PM

Having used many brands in my shop, my choice, hands down is the Festool. The excellent dust collection that’s already been mentioned is true, which results in longer disc life as well.

It’s not even close.


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#7 posted 12-31-2014 04:23 PM

Out of the 7 ROS”s I have,I still recommend the Milwaukee but have not used high end sanders .I know Charles Neil prefers air sanders like Mirka because of their low profile and ease of use,but they do use a lot of air so you nead a good size compressor.

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#8 posted 12-31-2014 05:02 PM

I would not trade my Mirka Ceros for any other sander on the market. The low profile and great balance make this sander a pleasure to use. Before Sequestration when I was doing custom cabinetry work for the government I had a few days where I spent the entire day using this sander. It is a strong work horse that shows no signs of slowing down. I first got my hands on one helping build some of his high end boxes, he has had one in a production invironment since they first came out(4 years). Do not think you have to use their net abrasives to get good dust extraction, I use standard 5” 5 hole paper. If you have any direct questions about the sander PM me

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#9 posted 12-31-2014 06:19 PM

Check into air-powered sanders if you have an industrial compressor. If not, then Festool or the Mirka Ceros are the ones to look at. I’ve not used the Ceros but do know that Festool users often consider it an equal.

I’ve used a Festool Rotex for over 7 years (and built hundreds of pieces of furniture) and have been very happy with it. The brushes needed changing about a year ago and the power cord was replaced once. Other than that, it’s functioned perfectly the whole time.

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#10 posted 12-31-2014 07:03 PM

I have a Festool rotex. I sometimes steer it around by the
cord/vacuum juncture to isolate my hands from the vibration.

Bosch makes a similar one that’s less spendy, looks very
similar. Allegedly the Festool sanders are precision balanced
to reduce vibration, but they still make my hands feel
weird after long sessions.

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#11 posted 12-31-2014 07:58 PM

Im a Festool junkie, but I have to say, that in my opinion, the Mirka Ceros is the hands down winner to date, less money and for me, ergonomically a better fit to my hands.

If you have access to compressed air, and a high CFM ( at around 20 cfm ) the air driven ROS, are even less money again, and work exceptionally well. They also have the ergonomics of an automotive sander, easier on the hands and body joints then Festool, or any of the less expensive models. I find the Festool and others too high, too hard to maintain control, too easy to tip. But again, everyone has a preference, the above happens to be mine.

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 12-31-2014 09:27 PM

My personal selection contains 8 ROS units. To date, after two-three years of use, I must admit that I go to my Bosch units with the hepa filter more than any other. I don’t try to take the top off that hepa box, I just put my shop vac into the hole and suck it back out. I also put in another o-ring on the actual unit to hold the heap box on better. (Harbor Freight O-rings)

Interestingly enough, my second choice, and probably the worst of the bunch because of the dust, is my Harbor Freight. Why? It hogs woods off and is so cheap I don’t care if it dies. That being said, it is over two years old. Who knew? Just that the dust collection is almost non-existant. But you cannot beat the price.

My least used? My Porter Cable. POS…

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#13 posted 12-31-2014 09:37 PM

I will add another plus for the Mirka Ceros. The sanding unit itself is so light weight and virtually no vibration makes it a joy to sand. The dust collection associated with this sander is amazing, i don’t even feel the need for a dust mask. I have shown some very bright light onto the area where I sand and cannot see any excess sawdust being thrown off. I cannot smell anything going into the air either. Any other RO sander I could see and smell the dust and that was with wearing a dust mask.
I actually look forward to sanding with the Mirka.

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#14 posted 12-31-2014 09:51 PM

I like festool.

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#15 posted 12-31-2014 09:53 PM

I like Bosch.

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