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rstermer 06-12-2009 11:52 PM

Bosch 3107 DVS 5" Random Orbital Sander
 
I had a DeWalt 4.5" ro sander before I bought the Bosch, but after a number of years the pad disintegrated, so I bought the Bosch as a replacement. I bought this tool because I hate to sand. I read a review of RO palm sanders and the Bosch unit, smaller than the one I purchased, was ranked #1. So, I figured I'd buy the heavy duty model and maybe it would get the job done even faster. That thought was spot on. This sander is a wood removing demon when set at its top speed, but will treat your work gently when set at a low level. I am extremely happy with my purchase, which was a refurbed unit, and would recommend it to anyone.

If there are any downsides to this machine it is that it is a lot larger than the 4.5" units, and is so powerful it regularly vibrated loose the screw that held the pad on the sander. A drop of blue locktite and a wave washer under the head of the screw solved that problem. I purchased an adaptor to hook the dust collection port to my shopvac. It works well when hooked up, but it is difficult to keep it hooked up, as the adaptor keeps falling out. I am still working on that problem and will post my solution when I get it solved.

Overall, I would rate this tool at 8.5-9 on a 10 point scale. If I hadn't encountered the problem of the screw backing out and if the dust collection setup was a little better, it would get a 10.

rstermer

Mike 06-13-2009 01:15 AM

Thank you for the review. To keep the hose attached you should be able to drill a small hole through the hose end into the tools dust port and secure it with a small wood screw.

westend 06-14-2009 12:38 AM

Good review, thanks. I was actually looking at the Bosch line of RO sanders. Did you purchase through CPO, by any chance? They have the 1295DVSK deeply discounted, at present.

rstermer 06-14-2009 07:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by westend (Post 120930)
Good review, thanks. I was actually looking at the Bosch line of RO sanders. Did you purchase through CPO, by any chance? They have the 1295DVSK deeply discounted, at present.

I did purchase from CPO. I've purchased a router, 18v jigsaw, and this sander from them. The router and sander have both been good tools. The jigsaw though has been a bit of a problem, not much endurance from the battery pack. I'm not sure whether that is my fault, or it's just a crummy tool.

They have been easy to deal with and the customer service has been good.
rstermer

westend 06-14-2009 11:05 PM

Thanks again, for the response. I will probably buy the Bosch sander from CPO.
Sounds like you have a battery problem with the jigsaw. If you search, online, for "fixing rechargeable batteries", you'll see a lot of hits for fixing NiCd batteries. I won't link directly to the procedure as it can be dangerous and I have no way of knowing who will try it.
I have a corded Bosch jigsaw(1590) and it is cutting exactly like the day I bought it. It is a heavy tool but that is good as it doesn't jump all over the work like some of the cheaper jigsaws I've had.
How is the Bosch RO sander working out for you? You probably haven't had it in constant use so maybe little to report? I'm curious as to the amount of use you are getting out of the sanding discs, as well.
Good luck and keep the reviews coming.

rstermer 06-15-2009 09:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by westend (Post 121041)
Thanks again, for the response. I will probably buy the Bosch sander from CPO.
Sounds like you have a battery problem with the jigsaw. If you search, online, for "fixing rechargeable batteries", you'll see a lot of hits for fixing NiCd batteries. I won't link directly to the procedure as it can be dangerous and I have no way of knowing who will try it.
I have a corded Bosch jigsaw(1590) and it is cutting exactly like the day I bought it. It is a heavy tool but that is good as it doesn't jump all over the work like some of the cheaper jigsaws I've had.
How is the Bosch RO sander working out for you? You probably haven't had it in constant use so maybe little to report? I'm curious as to the amount of use you are getting out of the sanding discs, as well.
Good luck and keep the reviews coming.

I haven't done an awful lot of sanding with it. What I have done though has really impressed me. It is ten times the sander my old DeWalt was. It does use a lot of pads, but then it takes off a lot of wood in a very short period of time, so I guess that's par for the course. It could also be the pads I'm using which are whatever brand Lowes sells. I've seen reviews for other brands and the claim was made they last much longer. I can't remember the brand name, but if it comes back to me, I'll post.

Thanks for the idea on the battery. I've about decided to sell the saw at our next garage sale and buy one with a cord. If I do, it will probably be a Bosch as well, other than the battery issue, I like the feel and performance of the saw.

rstermer


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