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Offline jetset95

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Re: Best sander for home DIY / woodwork shop?
« Reply #30 on: April 20, 2017, 07:37 AM »
Thanks everyone for the thoughts and insight into this. I've managed to try a few of the related dual action sanders to the Rotex family, but both the Bosch and Makita versions only come in a 6" pad and they are really too big for my needs, hence my earlier comment about looking more at the Rotex 125. I assume that sanding discs from other manufacturers can be made to work even if the holes don't match up if I want to avoid the higher cost of the Festool pads.

For a purely flat sander, then the RTS 400 looks like a good bet but would struggle to clean up more challenging boards so I think the 125 is where I'm headed. If Bosch or Makita did a smaller version the cost saving would be very tempting, but I don't fancy that big head burning through thin British boards so for a dual action it looks like Festool is it...

I'm really enjoying the posts on here, lots of interesting thoughts and ideas to try out when I get the shop kitted out properly.

Thanks all - have fun and be safe.

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Offline Holmz

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Re: Best sander for home DIY / woodwork shop?
« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2017, 07:45 AM »
It's me again, DrD, before you decide, look at what sand paper cost and selection you have with the round sanders.  As I said earlier, I have 3 round sanders, and the half sheet RS2E.  I do a fair amount of sanding (all connected to CT26 dust extractor) and nothing I've encountered yet couldn't be taken from rough finish, for example reclaimed barn wood, to 1000+ grit polish using only 1 sander, the RS2E, or its Bosch and maybe Makita (not sure if Makita makes one) counterpart.  And, the paper cost is way cheaper/less expensive!

If I were to have only one sander, it would be the RS2E - although the RAS115 is handy for scooping out chair seats.

Brother, I like a 1/2-sheet too.

I am going to also go against the grain here and suggest that a belt sander would beat an RO-150 if one wants FLAT as well as smooth.

Whether it is the Festool BS105 or the deWalt (and maybe the Makita??)...  with the frame that one can get with them it allows the sander to somewhat hover over the surface.

If I was primarily doing reclaimed wood, like pallets, then I would suggest looking at what is available in belt sanders... (Which I think is less options than in the past)

Offline DrD

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Re: Best sander for home DIY / woodwork shop?
« Reply #32 on: April 20, 2017, 08:45 AM »
@Holmz
Thanks for reminding me of the belt sander.  I've got a 20+ year old Craftsman that can hog stuff off while being able to keep a pretty flat surface.  Grit selection is pretty good too.
Dr.D

Offline leakyroof

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Re: Best sander for home DIY / woodwork shop?
« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2017, 09:26 AM »
I'm going against the grain here and suggesting not buying any Festool sanders, but instead other brands which will accomplish the same and cost half as much or less, especially for home/DIY work.

If you want a larger Rotex then look at the similar 6" Makita, you may need to find a UK retailer but here is the one in the U.S.: http://www.acmetools.com/shop/tools/makita-bo6050j

Also, most brands have quality 1/4 sheet, 1/3 sheet and 1/2 sheet finish sanders. Take your pick. I have Makita 1/4 and 1/3 sheet sanders, and a Bosch 1/2 sheet sander, all of which do an excellent job depending on size of the material or job. I have zero interest in the Festool equivalent products because believe it or not, other brands make excellent tools as well.

Now with all that said, I do have the Rotex 90 because the pad size is somewhat unique with only Metabo (that I have seen) also having a similar product. I also use a 6" Mirka Ceros for large projects, it's smooth and small and keeps going now for 5 years.
  I have the Metabo sander you mentioned, not in the same league as a RO 90 due to its even smaller pad size and really gentle orbit and material removal rate. It's a nice sander though.
Not as many Sanders as PA Floor guy.....

Offline Holmz

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Re: Best sander for home DIY / woodwork shop?
« Reply #34 on: April 20, 2017, 06:10 PM »
@Holmz
Thanks for reminding me of the belt sander.  I've got a 20+ year old Craftsman that can hog stuff off while being able to keep a pretty flat surface.  Grit selection is pretty good too.

They do belts from something like 40 to 800 grit. I always would stop at ~80 or ~120 years ago, and suspect it is different when one is used 240 or 320.

There are not many with frames though.
I have been having a hard time finding a deWalt in 4x24 with a frame. But the BS105 looks nice on paper.

Offline rst

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Re: Best sander for home DIY / woodwork shop?
« Reply #35 on: April 20, 2017, 08:47 PM »
We use Makita 9924DB and 9904DB in our glass fabricating business and they are practically indestructible.  I connect them to vac hoses using the old style Fein step adapters.  These adapters were GREAT, they were flexible and could be adapted to almost any application...so of course they are discontinued.  The newer ones look like they are a rigid plastic.  Same thing happened to the Fein vacs...the new ones do not have variable suction control at the vac.  I have three of the older ones and would never trade them for the new ones.   

Offline Bob D.

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Re: Best sander for home DIY / woodwork shop?
« Reply #36 on: April 20, 2017, 08:48 PM »
I didn't know DeWalt offered a 4x24 belt sander.

PC used to have one about 12 years ago
before they went totally overseas.

I just looked on their website and they don't
even offer the DW433 3x21 sander any more.
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