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ROS or sheet sander?

At the risk of showing my ignorance...what's the benefit of one over the other? The orbital seems like it would leave marks across the grain and not very good for finish sanding. I have an old B&D sheet sander that is pretty good for finish work, but the foam is wearing out and I need to replace it. I considered the ROS, but not sure it is a replacement.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-20-2017, 12:34 PM
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I have only two power sanders. One is an old , all metal Craftsman 4" belt sander monster. It's probably around 50 years old.

The other is a small Ryobi orbital that's about 15-20 years old. The Craftsman is only unleashed when I'm doing something like sanding our deck. I find the Ryobi, despite its age, does a really nice job of pretty nearly any other sanding I need to do, from hogging off old paint to smooth finishing.

Oh, I have a third. A Craftsman detail sander (triangular sanding head) that doesn't see much use.
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I have 3 hand sanders - a Random Orbital (Chicago Pn) which I am using more and more, a sheet sander (B&D) which used to be my preferred sander but now collects dust at an increasing pace and a belt sander (B&D) which I only break out for rough sanding.

I do not notice any issue using the random such as grain swiping or marring of the grain at all.

I also have a sanding machine which I only use when I've screwed up measuring and have to even out a project LOL
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post #4 of 4 Old 11-20-2017, 06:59 PM
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I use both. I have a variable speed ROS (Bosch) that is used for most work. I also have a 1/4 sheet orbital sander (Makita) for places the ROS can't reach and for rubbing/buffing out finishes with non-woven abrasive pads. I also have a variable speed 3x21 belt sander (Ryobi) for the occasional heavy hitting. I find the ROS to be the most versatile, but the 1/4 sheet is also very useful in woodworking. Properly used with the proper grit sequence both types will leave wood just right for finishing.
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