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01-24-2011 09:33 PM
g.baritt I bought a planner over a year ago, and I do home remodeling, I dont know how I had gotton along for over 50 years without it. They are more expensive than sanders, I would get a random orbital later on, maybe a Bosch
12-03-2009 03:16 PM
CanuckGal If you look in the auto section of your hardware stores you can buy refill polishing kits for auto polishers (like Simonize). They make these in various sizes an you can get them to fit a ROS. I purchased one from Canadian Tire for 10.00 and it came with the pad, one wax applicator and 3 polishing sleeves.
12-03-2009 03:15 PM
Ghidrah I've had the same 6" Porter Cable for well over 15 yrs.
Beware, it may be difficult to find 6" discs locally, it seems everyone carries 5".

Because of it and the cost I always buy them by a 50 count box, its pretty expensive but much less than 5 count packs over an extended period and you always have them.

I don't know if all brands have the vacuum holes in the disk, it is an advantage in that it draws fines away adding longevity to the disks, (no clogging) and may add longevity to the ROS, no fines build up in the windings

One more thing, a rubber eraser, (for sanding belts, drums, etc.) work well on the ROS too.
12-03-2009 10:52 AM
Mike Wingate I have a Bosch ROSander. With a polishing pad.
12-03-2009 01:06 AM
BigJimAK Yes you can, Ed. They work with any 5" or 6" ROS with a hook & loop "velcro" pad. I don't know the vendors on your side of the pond, but here's a US link.

SURBUF 5-12 PADS
12-02-2009 05:44 PM
ebeard Just to quickly add to the last message - if it's possible to get an ROS that also helps polish wax and oils that would be even better... (should they exist?...)
12-02-2009 05:43 PM
ebeard Thanks again everyone for your help. Mind is made up. An ROS it is.

Have been looking around at reviews for models in the UK and it seems a pretty mixed bag - does anyone have any good recommendations?

Thanks again,

Ed
12-02-2009 12:29 PM
Ghidrah I have an old Mak 3" power planer, except for planing down door widths and closer angles, I haven't found another use for it on anything wider than the 3" blade.
Cross grain planing of the tops and bottoms of stiles never came out smooth, sometimes burning, sometimes chipping still have to sand. If something causes the planing process to stop it very difficult to pick up where you left off without creating a divot.

I've always felt safer with my jack plane on stiles. If I have to cut a door down, I razor cut the line and then cut it with a circ.

As for finish sanding I use the palm and ROS to smooth out the roughest part of joints and imperfections but always end up with a sanding block and maybe steel wool pushing in one direction with the grain.
12-02-2009 02:13 AM
BigJimAK Ed,

If you check carefully you will see the Random Orbital Sanders (ROS) are round. The round disk spins while oscillating, making the scratches it leaves less visible.

If you see a square sander, it is a "pad" or "finishing" sander, and works much, much slower.

The ROS was developed to approach the sanding rate of a belt with quality nearing that finish quality of the pad sander.

Since I've purchased my ROS my finishing sander hasn't been out of the box, although they are better at getting into corners. That said, the ROS is so much quicker that it's work sanding before assembling to get around that!
12-02-2009 12:50 AM
ebeard Thanks everyone. It was a hand power planer I was thinking of, not a table thicknesser: so it sounds like an ROS it is given the majority of the replies.

I've noticed some have round bases and others rectangular ones: is there much difference between the two and benefits to 1 type over the other? Thanks again
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