Woodworking Talk banner
1 - 18 of 18 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
103 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I am looking at buying an orbital sander. All of my purchases have been Dewalt and I love them. I have searched the forum and found a lot of thumbs up for Dewalts random orbital.
I also have the Bosch ROS65VC-6 sander I’m looking at. I search YouTube for tool reviews and like the flex in the handle of the Bosch. I have not hand hands on experience with either but seem to be stuck on the Bosch model.

Has anyone here been able to compare the two to one another? My sander now is a cheap black n decker, so I know I would be happy with either one.
 

·
where's my table saw?
Joined
·
29,992 Posts

·
The Nut in the Cellar
Joined
·
1,242 Posts
I've had a Bosch 3725DVS sander for many years (actually right after they first came out). It has the hook/loop base. I've used the snot out of it over the years and it's the sort of machine you can run all day without stressing the motor. It's very well balanced and you can use it with the palm grip or the D-handle and removable front handle. It's so well sorted out, you can actually steer it by just holding the cord. I use a Bosch 16' super flex hose with it and dust collection is really great. I've replaced the velcro base pad twice. SWMBO melted the original one stripping paint off of the basement stairs. I just replaced that pad a couple of weeks ago when it stopped holding onto the sanding disks.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
233 Posts
I have a Porter Cable 5" orbital and it works well, dust collection is a bit of a chore however. I recently started making a large live edge dining table so I picked up a Makita random orbital half sheet sander. It has about twice the surface area of the 5" disks and the paper is a lot cheaper. I really like the way it performs.



https://www.amazon.com/Makita-BO4900V-Variable-Speed-Sander/dp/B0000789HT/ref=asc_df_B0000789HT/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=309802506143&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5807044198436228789&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9028296&hvtargid=pla-423451903817&psc=1
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
563 Posts
I used a inexpensive Ryobi for many years and I liked it but it finally crapped out, didn't like the new Ryobi so I chose the Dewalt DWE6423K Variable speed random orbit sander and it is really nice

 

·
Wannabe
Joined
·
27 Posts
I am looking at buying an orbital sander. All of my purchases have been Dewalt and I love them. I have searched the forum and found a lot of thumbs up for Dewalts random orbital.
I also have the Bosch ROS65VC-6 sander I’m looking at. I search YouTube for tool reviews and like the flex in the handle of the Bosch. I have not hand hands on experience with either but seem to be stuck on the Bosch model.

Has anyone here been able to compare the two to one another? My sander now is a cheap black n decker, so I know I would be happy with either one.
I have a B&D 5" orbital, a Ryobi 5" 18v orbital, and was in the local big box store a couple of weeks back for something else in the tool section where I saw this Bosch orbital sander. I'm thinking to myself, "$200 for an orbital sander, people have lost their minds". So I bought it! LOL Wow, JUST WOW! What a difference between this and the other two mentioned. It's like going from a rough riding, noisy 1979 Bronco to a 2019 Escalade (although for the record, I would rather the 1979 Bronco). I love it and can't speak highly enough about it. This thing will not wear you out on long sanding jobs like others would.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
I have a B&D 5" orbital, a Ryobi 5" 18v orbital, and was in the local big box store a couple of weeks back for something else in the tool section where I saw this Bosch orbital sander. I'm thinking to myself, "$200 for an orbital sander, people have lost their minds". So I bought it! LOL Wow, JUST WOW! What a difference between this and the other two mentioned. It's like going from a rough riding, noisy 1979 Bronco to a 2019 Escalade (although for the record, I would rather the 1979 Bronco). I love it and can't speak highly enough about it. This thing will not wear you out on long sanding jobs like others would.
It is funny you mention the rough riding, because I have the same Ryobi 5" sander and I honestly hate the stupid thing. It is near impossible to control with one hand and rattles my ears even with plugs. I need a new sander and I just might upgrade to the "Escalade". lol
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
103 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
I have a B&D 5" orbital, a Ryobi 5" 18v orbital, and was in the local big box store a couple of weeks back for something else in the tool section where I saw this Bosch orbital sander. I'm thinking to myself, "$200 for an orbital sander, people have lost their minds". So I bought it! LOL Wow, JUST WOW! What a difference between this and the other two mentioned. It's like going from a rough riding, noisy 1979 Bronco to a 2019 Escalade (although for the record, I would rather the 1979 Bronco). I love it and can't speak highly enough about it. This thing will not wear you out on long sanding jobs like others would.

They list the Bosch as a sander/polisher. I almost bought a Milwaukee battery operated polisher for my truck. I’m wondering if this would work well on vehicles as well. All my dewalt tools are going to be jealous of an intruder if I buy the Bosch.
 

·
The Nut in the Cellar
Joined
·
1,242 Posts
I use my 3725DVS as a polisher to rub out paste wax on wood finishes. I have a couple of bonnets for it. Works just fine for big surfaces. I also have a Ryobi 18 volt cordless 6" polisher with a couple of bonnets for it also. The cordless Ryobi is the older blue/yellow model, not the current hyper-green unit. Both are random orbit, but neither one does inside corners well though and the bonnet ties tend to come loose and fly around. Be careful using either on automotive finishes, as it's real easy to rub through the finish on edges and creases. I haven't used either on my cars since clear coating (and my cars are garaged when not being driven) became the norm.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,056 Posts
I bought the Harbor Freight random orbital sander and returned it. It looks the same as the Walmart one. I returned it because I hated the dust collection port and dust collection bag, plus the vibration was unpleasantly strong. I replaced it with a Ridgid ROS from Home Depot. I like the round dust port on the Ridgid ROS. The dust bag stays attached if you use it, and it comes with a standard shop vac fitting, which I use most of the time. See my post #7 in this thread:

Post:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/walmart-hypertough-sander-206736/#post2038599
Thread:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/walmart-hypertough-sander-206736/
 

·
where's my table saw?
Joined
·
29,992 Posts
Dust port issues ...

I bought the Harbor Freight random orbital sander and returned it. It looks the same as the Walmart one. I returned it because I hated the dust collection port and dust collection bag, plus the vibration was unpleasantly strong. I replaced it with a Ridgid ROS from Home Depot. I like the round dust port on the Ridgid ROS. The dust bag stays attached if you use it, and it comes with a standard shop vac fitting, which I use most of the time. See my post #7 in this thread:

Post:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/walmart-hypertough-sander-206736/#post2038599
Thread:
https://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f12/walmart-hypertough-sander-206736/

There were 2 versions of this in the store at the time I bought mine:



This one's dust port is rectangular an nothing will hook up to it except it's own bag and that's OK for small jobs. What I've found over the years is there is no standard size dust port and no standard size small vacuum hose, so it's a crap shoot. You need to have on hand several size reducers/adaptors to make the connection. Plastic bottles necks and other sleeves will work.

https://www.homedepot.com/b/Plumbing-Pipes-Fittings/Fernco/N-5yc1vZbqpfZ4hs


I made the mistake of buying 3 of them at the store and did not look closely at the package description. I ended up with 2 different types, the other 2 were not on sale and cost twice as much. I returned the 2 odd ball ones and got my money back, went online and ordered 3 more. They disappeared after delivery, went to my neighbor's house by mistake, sat there for a week on her table. I called Walmart to complain, so they sent out 3 more, no charge. She confessed to confiscating the 3 original ones, so I ended up get 6 in total, 3 of one type and 3 of the other. :wink:


My inventory of ROS has taken 25 years ...? to accumulate and here's what I have. They all seem to vibrate about the same:
Walmart Hyper Tough 2112 with rectangular port 2.4 AMPs

Walmart Hyper Tough AQ20020G round port 2.5 AMPs

Dewalt DW412 round port 1.9 AMPs

Porter Cable 343 round port 3.0 AMPs



The best sander I own is a Milwaukee 1/2 sheet, 6 AMPs ? no longer made. Virtually no vibration and cuts really fast despite being a 1/2 sheet. I learned about this sander from my friend who makes custom raised panel doors, who has two of them and has to do a whole lot of continuos sanding for production.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1 Posts
I use the orbit sander Makita BO5030K 5, I am very happy. I am renovating the floors in my house and I think that a sander like this is a perfect for me. I have had it for some time, and I have to say that it has always been an awesome sander for me. Everything I tried doing with it was done perfectly, It is partly because of a good sander, but still it has to be because I am good with it. When you master a tool, everything is easier.

___
https://www.bestorbitalsander.com/sanding-a-deck-with-a-floor-sander/
 

·
Registered
Termite
Joined
·
5,963 Posts
We always used the PC 332 and 333 model sanders In the cabinet shops. These are the two I still use today and buy good used ones whenever poosible. Because there more difficult to find, many shops went to Dewalt orbital sanders. ..
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
50 Posts
I use the orbit sander Makita BO5030K 5, I am very happy.
I also use this Makita. Our local tool store had about 7 types of orbital sanders lined up all in a row. It was nice to be able to see which one(s) fit my hand the best. In this case it was the Makita. After 4 years it is still working well. It is smooth running. The dust control bag is only o.k. I had to add a hose clamp to it to hold it on better. It should probably be added to my dust control system, but I like a "hose free" freedom of movement in such a light tool.
 

·
Bruce Jennings
Joined
·
84 Posts
I'm giving a Rockwell a shot. It sports an outside ring (approx. 1/2"w) and the center disc (4"w). It's a 5" and boasted "minimal vibration" ...which it has lived up to so far;).

Edit: oh yeah it's a 2 piece hook & loop (in case no one picked up on that)

Bizz
 
1 - 18 of 18 Posts
Top