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04-01-2015 10:07 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource sanders power tools orbital sanders

I’ve heard that a random orbital sander can remove much more material, quicker, than a sheet sander due to the extra movement. I have been thinking about getting one of these for this reason as well as the fact dust collection is suppose to be better.

I was looking at this Rigid OS: http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-5-in-Random-Orbit-Sander-with-AIRGUARD-Technology-R26011/100053683#customer_reviews

Which seems to get good reviews and I like the lifetime warranty. It also appears to be easier to connect than the Dewalt one.

The sheet sander I have now is:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-2-4-amp-1-4-Sheet-Pad-Sander-D26441K/202067909
it’s rated for 14,000 RPM’s where the rigid I was looking into getting is 7-12,000 RPM’s.

I’m not sure if this is comparing apples with apples or not, but I don’t want to buy one if it’s the same power as the one I got!

Rigid also sells this one, but it looks bulky and is littered with bad reviews!
http://www.homedepot.com/p/RIDGID-6-in-Variable-Speed-Dual-Random-Orbit-Sander-with-AIRGUARD-Technology-R26111/100523155

Thanks in advance!

-- Keith


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#1 posted 04-01-2015 10:17 PM

By the way, I’m sure Festool is better, just out of my budget. I like the Rigid for warranty and dust collection reasons! I also looked at this Dewalt as my sheet sander seems to be bullet proof, but it’s a pain to connect to a shop vac!

http://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-5-in-Orbital-Sander-D26453K/100671644

-- Keith

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#2 posted 04-01-2015 10:21 PM

I have the DeWalt—I haven’t had any connection problems.

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#3 posted 04-01-2015 11:13 PM

Charles it seems like the dewalt had a weird quick release connection. Did you buy an adaptor? I would love to see your setup on it. I got a hose to fit on the inside, but wven with duck tape, it always fell off.

-- Keith

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#4 posted 04-02-2015 12:20 AM

The greater the radius of the orbit, the faster it will remove stock BUT the smaller the radius of the orbit, the smoother the finish (less chance of swirl marks). I’m not sure what your options are as far as orbital radius with the Ridgid and DeWalt.

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#5 posted 04-02-2015 12:29 AM

I vote for the Ridgid

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#6 posted 04-02-2015 12:42 AM

I have that Dewalt and liked it well enough, but when it was time to replace it I went with the Milwaukee.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwaukee-5-in-Random-Orbit-Sander-6021-21/100609940?MERCH=REC-_-PIPHorizontal1_rr-_-100053683-_-100609940-_-N

It’s been a year now and I’m happier with the Milwaukee. It’s the same price, and I mostly like the feel of it. It doesn’t vibrate near as much as the Dewalt.

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#7 posted 04-02-2015 12:48 AM

Thanks guys. The size is 5” and the only reason I was leaning more towards the rigid one was the lifetime warranty. I almost got a new chop saw after 8 years because they couldn’t find a small replacement part.

-- Keith

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#8 posted 04-02-2015 12:50 AM

By the way, would both of these units remove more material than a sheet sander with the exact same rpm rating

-- Keith

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#9 posted 04-02-2015 12:54 AM

I have the predecessor to that Dewalt. When you disconnect the bag, you’re left with a round plug for a vac hose. I would say it definitely removes more material than a 1/4 sheet sander. A palm sander only vibrates where an orbital sander also turns. I have been thinking about a new one though. I feel like mine is not doing much anymore.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 04-02-2015 01:14 AM

This how I hooked mine up. It’s hard to see, but the tabs seemed to get in the way of the hose slipping over the whole thing! I’m sure there’s a part out there that would work, I’m always surprised by the lack of standard concerning dust collection!

-- Keith

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#11 posted 04-02-2015 01:19 AM

Ok, that’s the same connection as on the ROS. I use a smaller hose to go to my sander. I don’t always use dust collection for the sander, but when I do…...

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#12 posted 04-02-2015 01:25 AM

Your sure right random orbital sanders are far better than pad sanders

I like this one

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

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#13 posted 04-02-2015 01:59 AM

I have the 5” Ridgid you pointed to.
It has worked well for me for about 3 years.

I bought it when my old 1/3 sheet sander’s pad disentigrated.
Was amazed at how much faster and cleaner it was.
I got the Ridgid mainly for it’s dust collection connector options.

It’s worth noting there are only two manufacturer’s of these sanders that sell for similar prices.
Look at the pad without the sanding disk attached. You will see some are attached by 3 screws and some have 4 screws. Most of the parts of the 3 screw machines are interchangable and the same for the 4 screw machines.
Milwaukee, Ridgid and Ryobi are pretty much the same, in other words. DeWalt, Bosch, Porter Cable are also about the same.

There are other high end sanders also, like Festool, that are very much different; also more money.

A good acessory for any sander is the Abrinet sanding disks. I don’t own these, but have used someone elses. They tell me they outlast sandpaper disks more than 10X.

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#14 posted 04-02-2015 02:22 AM

Thanks crank! Your post as well as the others helps very much!!

Do the abranet discs work on any sander??

-- Keith

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#15 posted 04-02-2015 02:25 AM

+100 on the Abranet discs!

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