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post #1 of 6 Old 01-17-2009, 10:14 PM Thread Starter
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Which random orbit sander should I buy?

Hello,

I want a random orbital sander, and Iíve seen three of them that I like. Has anyone had experience with any of these, and if so, which would you recommend?

DeWalt D26453K, 3 amp, variable speed
Milwaukee 6021-21, 3 amp variable speed
Bosch ROS20VS, 2.2 amp, variable speed.

At my local HD and Lowe's, the Milwaukee and Bosch are both $69.95, and the DeWalt is $79.95 All of them have the same speed range, about 7000 to 12000.

What I donít understand is why the Bosch is rated at only 2.2 amps.

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Louis
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Probably because the Bosch is rated more correctly. I.E. the rating is continuous duty, rather than peak, which is how tool mfr usually "inflate" their tool rating.

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I own the Bosch. It has plenty of power, no matter what the amperage draw. I actually use it at mid-speed most of the time. I am very happy with it. I find it easy to operate, with little vibration and I really like the filter system. It is easy to clean out. I started buying more Bosch tools after purchasing this sander I was so happy. It is also very easy on the ears. (I still use ear muffs.)
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I have 3 of the DeWalt models in my shop. (overkill I know, but it's a long story) I love them and wouldn't trade them. They are quiet and for my purposes, do a fantastic job on anything that I use them for. My only issue with them is the dust port. They claim to hook up to a shop vac hose and yet the size of the port is the same as the hose so they do not connect. An adaptor was needed. Not a big deal if what you are concerned about is the performance of the tool.
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Two thumbs up on the DeWalt. (truth be told, I have never used the other models)
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I have not looked at one is several years. But my old Bosch has been a workhorse. I have a couple of Bosch drills and been impressed with them. While not brand loyal I would seriously consider another one if needed. FWIW.
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I like my Bosch too, though older. I would look at FWW mag though. I believe there was a comparison done farily recently on random orbit sanders. I seem to remember a few findings that were surprising. They had some clear winners that weren't the most expensive.

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