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Been thinkin about a 6" RO sander.

I've been thinkin about addin a 6" RO sander to the tool box and was lookin at this Porter-Cable 7346 6-Inch Random Orbit Sander.Then i got to thinkin...
Is this not just an angle grinder with a sanding head ?
Couldn't i just purchase a sanding head and install it on my angle grinder?
Anyone do this? Or know if it is possible and where to purchase the head ?
Oh, no wait..an angle grinder aint RO !! DUH Jim

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If they have 'Random Orbit' heads for an angle grinder I guess that would work. Otherwise it would just be a disc grinder. It might be unwieldy, though, compared to a 5" palm ROS.

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If you don't have one at all you might consider picking up a 5" from HF. It's one of the few HF tools that I consider decent and a bang for the buck. I've had one for around to 5-6 yrs now... It's not my primary but it's still kicking and for the $25 that it goes on sale for often is tough to beat.

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If they have 'Random Orbit' heads for an angle grinder I guess that would work. Otherwise it would just be a disc grinder. It might be unwieldy, though, compared to a 5" palm ROS.

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Mmm..now ya got me thinkin dodgeboy.
I wonder if such a thing does exist ?

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If you don't have one at all you might consider picking up a 5" from HF. It's one of the few HF tools that I consider decent and a bang for the buck. I've had one for around to 5-6 yrs now... It's not my primary but it's still kicking and for the $25 that it goes on sale for often is tough to beat.

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Hey Tom, i do have a 5" Dewalt that i bot bout 20+ years ago. It is my primary and it still goes strong as new. I did replace the pad about 3 years ago fer $10. (I'm fortunmate to have a Dewalt parts store very close).
Yesterday is was sandin some 18"x48" glue ups of used pretty distressed old pine with that 5" and relaized that i was spendin waaaay too much time with that 5" on the task.
I got to thinkin that a 6"er will probably cut my sandin time of bigger pieces back quite a bit (?)
I found that particular PC one, ( with polishing attachment) fer $125 on Amazon with free shippin.
It will be a part time tool tho so now that ya meantion it. I think i'll check HF and see if they have a 6"er.

Mmm..somethin about these cold rainy kind o' days that jist makes a fella wanna go online and buy a new tool

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<< was sandin some 18"x48" glue ups of used pretty distressed old pine with that 5" and relaized that i was spendin waaaay too much time with that 5" on the task.>>

That may be where I reach for the belt sander with a 120 grit belt. Then finish sand with the ROS.

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<< was sandin some 18"x48" glue ups of used pretty distressed old pine with that 5" and relaized that i was spendin waaaay too much time with that 5" on the task.>>

That may be where I reach for the belt sander with a 120 grit belt. Then finish sand with the ROS.

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10-4 on that one! (+1)

Although I got to say that ridgid 6" I have with 80 on it'll take material down bout as fast as any belt I've used!

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Jim, that Porter Cable 6 incher will cut fast, I really like mine, I agree with Tom, I like using the RO over a belt sander. The Dewalt is more of a finish sander, at least mine are.

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I have an earlier model of the PC 6" ros, and like it a lot. After I had it a while, I found a Bosch, 6" ros, but didn't like it as much as the PC.
kept the PC and sold the Bosch.
Variable speed is nice on a ros.
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Jim, that Porter Cable 6 incher will cut fast, I really like mine, I agree with Tom, I like using the RO over a belt sander. The Dewalt is more of a finish sander, at least mine are.

Thanks Jim. I think i'm gonna go for it.
I do use my belt sander if/when there is any paint or finish on the wood i'm reclaimin. So i spsoe i need a 6" RO to clean up the BS tracks and then pick up my 5" Dewalt for finish.
Yeah, that's it.

You guys sure can convince a feller he needs to buy a new tool .

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I have an earlier model of the PC 6" ros, and like it a lot. After I had it a while, I found a Bosch, 6" ros, but didn't like it as much as the PC.
kept the PC and sold the Bosch.
Variable speed is nice on a ros.
Thanx Pirate, 'preciate the review.

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<< was sandin some 18"x48" glue ups of used pretty distressed old pine with that 5" and relaized that i was spendin waaaay too much time with that 5" on the task.>>

That may be where I reach for the belt sander with a 120 grit belt. Then finish sand with the ROS.

Bill
I keep my BS loaded and ready for heavy work dodgeboy.

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I just read this month's wood or family handyman, I forget witch. They had a sanding article. They suggest tow five inchers. One ofr either hand. They said it takes some getting used to, but has more sanding area working for you than the six inch at lest cost. Also the five inch discs are more readily available and less expensive.

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I just read this month's wood or family handyman, I forget witch. They had a sanding article. They suggest tow five inchers. One ofr either hand. They said it takes some getting used to, but has more sanding area working for you than the six inch at lest cost. Also the five inch discs are more readily available and less expensive.

All i can say is........

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