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Offline zukinut

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Makita Rotex style sander
« on: May 15, 2018, 07:53 PM »
Has anyone used this, or seen it in person?

https://www.toolnut.com/makita-bo6050j-multi-mode-random-orbit-6-inch-sander.html

Thanks in advance
Will

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Offline TinyShop

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Re: Makita Rotex style sander
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 01:15 AM »
Hmmmm, according to ToolNut this tool is manufactured in Japan. My interest is piqued!

That said, and according at least to Amazon reviews, it has a propensity to fail after only very limited use. Moreover, it only comes with a 1-year warranty. Still, I too am curious what folks have to say about it.
« Last Edit: May 16, 2018, 01:33 AM by TinyShop »

Offline PaulH99

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Offline ColossusX

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Re: Makita Rotex style sander
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 07:17 AM »
I've been debating on these two plus thr 2 smaller Rotex. The Makita because I prefer the brand, the Bosch has some great reviews and has been around for awhile. Then there are the Ro 90 and the 125. There are so few reviews for the 6050J that it's hard to make a final decision.

Offline waho6o9

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Re: Makita Rotex style sander
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 08:37 AM »
Stick with Festool, there's a reason why the competitors charge less. 


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Makita Rotex style sander
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 11:26 AM »
I’ve been using that Bosch 6” dual dual mode RO for about 15 years and a Bosch 6” finish RO for even longer. That’s why I don’t have any Festool 150mm sanders.

Offline zukinut

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Re: Makita Rotex style sander
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2018, 01:12 PM »
I think the competitors charge less partly because they don't have the hype associated with festool.  Festool is great stuff, no doubt. I have an ec125 and love it.  It's way more refined than the ridgid it replaced.   But I don't think it's 350$ more refined.  I gladly paid for the festool and will never get rid of it. 

The Bosch that's been used for 15 years is probably better than the ones that are available today, unfortunately.  Lord knows my 25 year old makita skill saw is WAY nicer than the newest version of it. 

Offline JimD

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Re: Makita Rotex style sander
« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2018, 09:31 PM »
I've only had my Bosch for less than a year but I like it a lot.  I've never used a Festool sander so I can't compare but the Bosch is the nicest sander I've used.  I used it to strip a bunch of clapboards that had peeling paint.  I was surprised how fast it tore the paint off.  Dust collection is good.  It is controllable with one hand although in rotary mode with 40 grit it isn't much fun.  With 100 or finer, like I would normally use for woodworking, in random orbit mode it works fine one handed.  I still have an old DeWalt 6 inch that is shaped similarly.  There is no comparison.  The Bosch both sands faster and is much more pleasant to use.