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Hi everyone,

I said goodbye to my ROS that lasted about 7-8 yrs and paid $30. That was the second one. I am looking to invest in a better quality tool now and have some questions after doing some market searching. I think I have it down to 3 brands and would like some opinions. I won't be using it every day but more frequent than in the past.

1- Is it worth having the variable speed ?

2- Bosch 5'' ROS20VSK var. speed HD $107 2.5 A OR 1 SPEED $75

3-DeWalt 5'' DWE0423K var. speed HD $118 3A OR 1 SPEED $90

4-Makita 5'' BO5041K VAR. SPEED HD $139 3A OR 1 SPEED $88
Or should I go cheap B&D $50
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Never tried one variable speed, but from other variable speed tools I've used, if I need another I'll just get a one speed.
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Consider pneumatic, Dan. Pretty light weight and really fast!
You just have to get used to the air hose.
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I'm in the same spot. I'm seriously looking at the Dewalt. Some of my sanding needs to be done a little more delicately than a one speed sander would provide, and the variable speed Dewalt's low end rpm is around 6000, I think. I'll be waiting a week or two to buy one, so I'll be interested in what you decide.
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My SIL bought me an FWW Tool Test issue for Christmas which happened to have a test on ROSs. You may find this hard to believe but the new Craftsman came in as best overall value. The most expensive Festool model at about $600 US came in best when price was no issue. I recently bought a Bosch, the one without VS and it was on sale for $50. It came in quite high on the list when attached to a vac. It did okay without the vac. They said all models did better with a vac attached. And they said that they couldn't find a reason to need VS on them. It just didn't seem to help. I also already had 3 DWs (I prefer changing sanders to changing the paper). One of them I got for $50 on sale. The others were around $80. They scored a little behind the Bosch. Another surprise in the test was that the $200 Festool did really poorly.

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My kids bought me the Makita BO5041 5" Random Orbit Sander . Like the removable front handle and the option to attach a hose for dust collection. I am happy with the variable speed option. Don't think you could go wrong with this choice.
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Dan,

These things sure have changed over the years. I had one and ended up giving it to a friend because my old Coleman compressor at 26 gal. and 5 hp still wasn't powerful enough. I now have a DeWalt 200 PSI that should do the trick but then I will hear the compressor going all the time ??? I think I"ll consider it but no Princess auto in Quebec. I'll go to Cornwall or Ottawa.
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Jim,

The DeWalt's low speed is 8000 rpm. The one speed is 12000. Bosch goes down to 7500.

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Chuck,

Thanks for your opinion which I value. I am now looking at the single speed sanders that are less expensive. I didn't see the Craftsman yet but I'll look for it on the net for Rona & Reno Depot both carry the line in Quebec. We don't have any Lowe's because they kept the existing names here. I used to get so many magazines every time they would hit the news stands I was there. I now have so many that I haven't bought one in over a year. When I need an article I flip through the apx. 200 or so that I have and enjoy articles that I forgot were there.
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No Lowe's in Vernon. We still have a Rona and it almost seems that they are trying to replace the Bosch and DW tools with the Craftsman. They aren't the Craftsman that were lightweight, light duty like Sears had gone to near the end. These ones have some weight to them. My son has a battery powered DW oscillating saw and the Craftsman one has the same general design and uses the same quick change system which is by the way the best one to come out so far. Easier and faster than my Fein is. Maybe Craftsman is worth another look again. I'm not sure what the warranty is on them. If I remember right the ROS is $80.
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