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  • Sanders: Random orbit vs 1/4 sheet palm

    Hey all--

    Question: When would one use a random orbit sander vs a 1/4 sheet palm sander? Are they for differing applications? Which would be user for finish work? Which for aggressive surface removal?

    I'd appreciate any clarification!

    C

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    I use my ROS for just about everything except edge sanding. I find that a finish sander works best for me when edge sanding. The ROS is a very versatile tool in that it can be used as a finish sander as well as a rough sander for the aggressive removal of material. You can accomplish these tasks just by changing paper grit. If I could only have one of the two types, the ROS would win going away.
    I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

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    • #3
      C,

      I agree with Dave, ROS is just a darn nice tool to have and it was my first choice too (I see on your other posting that you bought the Ridgid 2600). Actually, I also went back and bought the 1/4-sheet later. One of the reasons for the latter is that it offers additional versatility with a wider variety of sanding media, it's great for edge sanding, and I've even used "scotch" pads on it for cleaning old surfaces. Both are great tools.

      CWS

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      • #4
        Good Morning,
        I was at my local HD last night and they had a display model 2610 ROS marked down to $104.00. Is this a good sander for the price? I have a makita 5" ros and a ridgid 1/4 sheet but am addicted to tools. will the 2610 do anything the other two will not?

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        • #5
          The 2610 won't do anything that you can't already do with your other two sanders. It will do some things faster but not necessarily better.
          I decided to change calling the bathroom the "John" and renamed it the "Jim". I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.

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          • #6
            I like the 2610 for the dual orbit pattern. You can switch from 1/4" orbit for fast material removal to 1/8" orbit for fine finishing. I think it is a great sander and since mine was 249 CDN, 104 seems like a deal. Just remember the paper is more expensive and a bit harder to find

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