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post #1 of 45 (permalink) Old 05-18-2014, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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Default I Think I'm In The Market For A New Orbital Sander

Last year I purchased an inexpensive B&D orbital sander and used it very little over the following several months. The other day I wanted to use it and the rubber shroud that fits between the disc and the main body of the sander came off. I just parked it and went on with what I was doing.

Yesterday I was sanding the lid for a cedar chest project without having much luck getting it flat. I decided to try the orbital sander and much to my delight it did a great job of sanding the way the surface of the lid.

So, now I'm in the market for a new Orbital Sander and would like to purchase a good one and don't know what to buy. I checked the price of the Festool sander and was a bit blown away at the price which made me wonder what you get for that kind of money for a sander compared to a Bosch or a Dewalt for much less, soooo. I'm asking members of the forum for some input to help me decide what to buy.

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I think your best bet is looking at reviews on amazon.

The Bosch has much better ratings (4.5 stars aver 175 raters) versus Dewalt at 4 stars over 27 raters. Porter-Cable is reviewed similarly to the Dewalt. Good luck!

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My Dewalt has held up good, don't have the model number right now but it uses the 5" sanding disc & a dust bag on it, there are a couple of cabinet shops I have visited & they all use the same one I have.

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About seven years ago I replaced my B&D sander with this Makita which runs circles around all my previous ones. It cost me about $A80.00 with an extended warranty and came complete with the punch plate.
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The Dewalts are decent and can sometimes be found on sale which I don't see on Bosch but maybe it's just the area I live in. I got one of my Dewalts for $50C, another for about $70. I never see the Boschs that cheap. I have 3 Dewalt orbitals, one PC, and a PC 1/4 pad now. I've adopted the idea that it is better to change sanders than it is to change grits. The velcro pads wear out and they are a bit pricey to change.

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You might want to have a look at Makita BO5031 Random Orbit Palm Sander. To quote my own review; I´ve been a sceptic to random orbit sanders but was curious and bought this Makita after reading a few reviews. Not a sceptic anymore - it´s excellent at its task. A plained board will be smooth, nice and shiny after a short run with 60,120 and 240 grit. Variable speed and a suprisingly low noise level. Dust extraction is good too, nothing more to ask for. About £80 in UK. Good luck with your search!
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I have to agree with Chuck. 5" round hook and loop is the way to go. The one Bosch with great ratings is $159 on Amazon. The Dewalt is about half that cost and is rated higher. I had a PC 1/4 sheet sander that I loved, but it failed after about 20 years. I am now using a 5" round hook and loop, and love it too. I would not go back to a 1/4 or 1/2 sheet sander.


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I'd wear out the B&D before I went shopping for a new one.

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I am exceptionally happy with my Dewalts performance. Of course as always you get what you pay for. My little Ryobi does a decent job ifor most of us who are not pro's.
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