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What is the advantage (if any) of a Random Orbital Sander over a 1/4 sheet finish sander?

I have a belt sander (used on large rough pieces)
a 1/4 and 1/2 sheet finish sanders and one of those Mouse sanders that I use to get into really tight places.

I've been thinking about getting a ROS and was wondering if it was worth getting what with the other four sanders I already have.

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ROS seems to get the job done quicker than the finishing sander.

I started out with a finish sander, then finally got a ROS, it was like night and day.
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If you really want to get the project done, get the random orbit. I have a DeWalt and it does pretty good. And I don't really like Dewalt. Eventually I want to replace it with the Mirka Ceros sander.

Measure Twice Cut Once -- It's a lot easier to cut more off then it is to cut MORON.
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I have the Dewalt too

2 of them, the 3rd one stopped osscillating, it just spins. But my advice is to get one that will hook to a shop vac. I won't use mine without it as it creates a dust storm where ever. I use it to sand drywall compound, and there is nothing more dusty, and it works great. You can't even see any dust, but the shop vac filter gets clogged in a hurry.
I use a soft vac hose, to connect it to the shop vac because it fits and it's light weight for moving the tool around without a large dia Shop Vac hose attached. It uses those hook and loop discs. bill

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2 of them, the 3rd one stopped osscillating, it just spins. But my advice is to get one that will hook to a shop vac. I won't use mine without it as it creates a dust storm where ever. I use it to sand drywall compound, and there is nothing more dusty, and it works great. You can't even see any dust, but the shop vac filter gets clogged in a hurry.
I use a soft vac hose, to connect it to the shop vac because it fits and it's light weight for moving the tool around without a large dia Shop Vac hose attached. It uses those hook and loop discs. bill


Speaking of drywall dust, an oldtimer told me he never used a sander; always used sea sponge instead. I have yet to do a whole room with that technique, but it has worked wonders doing repairs. You have to catch it just right in the drying process, to be efficient. Simply amazing, zero dust.

A few years ago, I had to do 3 walls in the living room, and totally forgot about his suggestion; until I was finished. Massive brain fart, I guess.

Harrison, at your service!
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Thanks guys. I've been looking at the Roybi at HD. Its on sale right now, so if I end up not liking it I will only be out $25.00.

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Get the Rigid if you are going to go cheap.

Measure Twice Cut Once -- It's a lot easier to cut more off then it is to cut MORON.
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