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Does anyone out there know of a professional 6 inch Random Orbit sander with no nasty spare part secrets? Here in Australia we have the $100 trick. Some brands have $100 6 inch pads. Others have $100 bottom bearing assemblies.

IS THERE A REASONABLE 6 INCH SANDER WHICH DOESNOT COST THE EARTH WHEN NEW AND MAKE YOU SICK WHEN IT NEEDS PARTS AND REPAIRS?

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Can't help there, Peter. My tools are all very much hobby use.......
 

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Peter, here in SA we face similar expensive replacement parts - I have a Metabo 6", which has been a fantastic work horse for me for about 23 years, but the cost of replacement pads make your eyes water! But since I started using a pad saver, my eyes don't water quite as much. Can't help with the bearing issue though.

Here is a link to the Mirka pad savers that I use.
 

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Is it the brand that's expensive? What is the brand?
Hi Rebelwork
I do not understand what is going on in the market with spare parts so I will not mention brands. What sanders do you use in your work? What is their service history like? Do I really need a gear driven eccentric sander in my proposed wood art hobby / buisness?
Peter
 

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Spare parts for tools are high everywhere. For me in the U.S.A. I did replace a pad on my PC orbital sander for about 1/2 the cost of the sander. About a year later the sander died a valiant death. I got my moneys worth from the sander as it lasted 6 to 8 years? Will I replace the new orbital sanders pad if needed or other parts if they break down? Probably not and would just buy another new one in the $60 to $80 range
 

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Spare parts for tools are high everywhere. For me in the U.S.A. I did replace a pad on my PC orbital sander for about 1/2 the cost of the sander. About a year later the sander died a valiant death. I got my moneys worth from the sander as it lasted 6 to 8 years? Will I replace the new orbital sanders pad if needed or other parts if they break down? Probably not and would just buy another new one in the $60 to $80 range
 

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Hi Marco
Wow, do you think that a sander in that price range will do just as good a job or nearly as good a job as a trade name brand? If so , may I ask what brand you are going to buy? With the way the age pension here in Australia and returns from megre investments is going, your sanders may keep me till that final cabinetmaking job is done FOR ME.
 

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I've been using PC sanders snce the 90's will replace parts as long as they are available...

Personally I have used pretty much all of them from Dewalt to Festool..

In the US we pretty much use 5" sanders in the shop.
 
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