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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 03-14-2015 06:40 PM 1628 views 1 time favorited 49 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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03-14-2015 06:40 PM

I have done my homework.

I spent several hours reading reviews and comments on LJ’s…..... and elsewhere.

Went to three woodworking stores to determine hand comfort….. which I never found to be much of an issue with the top brands

Even tried to do an Excel matrix of pluses and minuses for each/all machines…. (yeah I am anal)

I am stuck !!!!!!

Finally decided all I needed and wanted are recommendations and comments stemming from hands-on experience by guys….. my fellow LJ’s….. who use the usual top-name brands…......... all on one forum.

Can’t do a Festool, but other than that cost is not much of an issue for a tool as important as a good ROS.

Doesn’t look like I have enough air for a Dynabryde (close, but no-go).

Criteria is simple:

• Aggressive (maybe very aggressive) with lower grits
• Good enough RO action to pretty much eliminate each grit’s swirls on it’s own
• Able to put the higher grits to work for the purpose for which they are intended …..fine, no swirl finishes.
• Dust collection would be a plus, but note I listed that issue last. (I can figure out what works for me)

I use Mirka sandpaper (heavy duty mostly) exclusively.

Recommendations and WHY are sincerely solicited…….......... and appreciated !!!

Thanks in advance

Bruce


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SASmith

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#1 posted 03-14-2015 06:46 PM

I am very happy with my Bosch 1250DEVS

Pros:
Aggressive
2 orbital settings
dust collection port
Variable speed

Cons:
Heavy
$200+

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Fred Hargis

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#2 posted 03-14-2015 06:50 PM

This one. I’ve used it’s predecessor for over 12 years now, so in addition to meeting all your criteria….it has a long life. As for DC, I attach a hose with the adapter they have nad it gets pretty much all the dust. The one problem with this is that the vac can actually suck too hard, having the same effect as pressing down on the sander as it runs. I had to (at first) cobble together a vent to the vac hose to solve the problem. Eventually I got a VS vac (Fein). I was thinking my Bosch would kick the bucket about 5 years ago, and bought a PC395 as a backup (it was rated quite highly then). It’s still sitting on the shelf unused as the Bosch keeps on humming. It comes in a 6” version if you’re so inclined.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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Bill White

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#3 posted 03-14-2015 06:51 PM

I have an American made PC 733 that has served me very well.
If I were to buy today, it would be a Bosch.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#4 posted 03-14-2015 06:51 PM

Thanks for response #1.

Greatly appreciated.

Bruce.

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#5 posted 03-14-2015 06:51 PM

Thanks for response #2

Greatly appreciated.

Bruce.

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#6 posted 03-14-2015 06:52 PM

Thanks for response #3

Greatly appreciated.

Bruce.

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b2rtch

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#7 posted 03-14-2015 07:13 PM

I have a Rigid and I am happy with it

-- Bert

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#8 posted 03-14-2015 07:15 PM

Thanks for response #4

Greatly appreciated.

Which model do you have Bert?

Bruce.

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b2rtch

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#9 posted 03-14-2015 07:19 PM

5.00” ,the only thing I do not care for on it is the switch.

I use it connected to my shop-vac with the cyclone on it and it works great, no dust.

-- Bert

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#10 posted 03-14-2015 07:22 PM

Thanks Bert…. I knew you would come through for me.

Brestest and Warmest to your sweet Mary

Bruce

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b2rtch

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#11 posted 03-14-2015 07:37 PM

Thank you Bruce.
How is Michelle?

-- Bert

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#12 posted 03-14-2015 07:41 PM

Bert, she is happy and healthy and a new grandma – another girl. So she is giddy sewing stuff.

I am doing MUCH better than I have any reason to expect. True Blessings. We all know that.

Hope the same for your family.

Please tell Mary the subject of our interest is Lost in the Wind again. So sad. So expected.

Sincerely…. Your Good Buddy Bruce

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waho6o9

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#13 posted 03-14-2015 07:48 PM

I’d trust A1Jim’s opinion on the Milwaukee ROS

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#14 posted 03-14-2015 08:01 PM

Thanks for response #5

EXTREMELY HARD TO ARGUE AGAINST JIM’S RECOMMENDATIONS !!! (I gave Jim’s recommendation very much weight in my matrix).

Greatly appreciated.

Bruce.

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JoeinGa

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#15 posted 03-14-2015 08:16 PM

I had the Dewalt 5” for over 5 years. When I went to replace it (the motor was getting weaker and weaker with each use) I found that the same model # in a new Dewalt is actually a bit bigger in the handle. I liked the feel of the old (smaller) one better. Asked about the ROS opinions here and I also took Jim’s recommendation to try the Milwaukee. Caught the Lowes manager in a good mood that day and got a 10% discount.

So far, so good. The handle is not quite as big as the newer Dewalt, but it’s not as small as the old model I had either. And this Milwaukee is the first one I’ve ever had with variable speed. If (or when) I have to buy another, it’ll DEFINITELY have variable speed again. I use that feature ALL the time.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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