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  • What Kind of Sander?

    I have an old B&D finishing sander but realize I need to upgrade in that department if I am going to do any semi-serious woodworking. I would appreciate any advice as to what kind(s) of sander I should buy. Randon orbit sander... belt sander... ??? Appreciate the help! Dave

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    Dave,

    I have a belt sander, a finish sander and a ROS. I use the ROS much more that the others, so if I were only going to buy 1, it would be the ROS. Mine is a Porter-Cable and the only problem I have had with it, is that the dust collector falls off sometimes. I have an older model and I have read that has been corrected on the newer ones.

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    • #3
      Bob
      Thanks for the input. I told SWMBO that I wanted an ROS and she asked if that wouldn't leave like circular marks in the wood. I had no idea if it would or not.

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      • #4
        Dave,

        The random orbit action eliminates the swirl marks and allows you to go with or across the grain.

        I have the porter cable model without the variable speed, but would have gotten the one with it, if it had been available when I bought mint.

        Here is the Amazon site that lists this sander and it shows customers' reviews (and it's on sale!). My SWMBO loves anything if it's on sale.
        web page

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        • #5
          Bob
          Once again my thanks. Will be adding a ROS to the xmas list.

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          • #6
            Got to ask you Bob R... What is SWMBO??? Can't quite figure that one out???
            Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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            • #7
              Big Johnson,

              She Who Must Be Obeyed

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              • #8
                Bob R,
                Very nice... I would never have gotten that... I will have to try the "SWMBO" line one of these days... I usually call mine the "Staw Boss" since we live around a farming community...
                Regards,<br /><br />Big Johnson<br /><br />Pictures: <a href=\"http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php\" target=\"_blank\">http://www.woodworkersweb.com/modules.php?set_albumName=albuv85&op=modload&name= gallery&file=index&include=view_album.php</a>

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                • #9
                  I have the DeWalt DW423K variable speed, 5" random orbital sander. I like it because of how well it is counter-balanced. I can sand a long time without fatigue or pain with this one. One note: Most random orbital sanders use 8 hole disks but the Porter Cable uses 5 hole. At least where I live, a selection of 8 hole disks is a lot more plentiful than 5 hole disks.

                  See link: http://www.dewalt.com/us/products/to...?productID=124

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