Anybody have current suggestions? Have used the PC 333/334's for years
but they're now 343/344 and 8-hole pad instead of 5.
Anybody know if anyone's making a 5-hole any more? I am _not_ wanting
to have to stock another batch of paper at this point w/ the amount of
5-hole on hand.
Anybody know if the Milwaukee 6021 (or any other suggested) pads will
interchange w/ the P-C three-screw mounting? Can still get the
replacement pads (or at least could a few months back); I'll swap 'em
out if necessary.
OBTW, Festool/etc. is not in the price range for any suggestions... :)
I have a Bosch 6" that doesn't fit your criteria, but is a very usable tool.
In 5", I have a Festool Rotex125, but you don't want to hear about that.
There is no comparison between the two in quality and functionality.
That said, the Bosch stood me in good stead for ten years, before I knew
what excellence in a ROS was all about.
But would you risk the investment in the Festool on exterior siding in
preparation for painting on old barn w/ hired help also a possibility?
It's quite an abusive life and could go thru 8 or may 10 of the PC's for
the loss of one light green one... :)
Owing to it being T&G cove and only 3" width, the dust-collecting
ability isn't any advantage because there's not enough flat surface for
even the 5" to ride on and in order to get into the cove one is always
using an edge and so adding a lot of lateral movement as well. I'm too
fastidious to put a tool of that type thru that kind of abuse even if it
weren't the dollar output itself. :)
OTOH, if were in the shop doing your kind of work any more I'd consider
it a likely choice; wish there had been such a thing available wayback
while doing the ante- and early post-bellum restoration/rehab work in
Lynchburg I've spoken of previously lo! those many years ago...
I'll look at the Bosch offerings and see what is there as somebody else
mentioned them as well.
It is hard to argue with 50 dollars, even if the performance is only
at 75% to that of a Festool. ( 75% of 5 x 8 hour days, will give you
an extra day off every week.)
In most cases a unit like that will do the job.
If the 'job' is doing a lot of 'jobs', the extra spent on a Festool or
other genuine pro products, quickly becomes a wise and pleasant
That's not to say that Leon's desire to sand rather than sleep isn't
genuine, but even a Festool sander doesn't quite make the cut, so to
Maybe that frickin' Mirka might...18 amps.. EIGHTEEN !! Bet the
frickin' thing smells nice too...dammit.
If the 6" Ridgid in its recent incarnation is any indication, the 5"
will probably suck too.
IMHO, you really can't go wrong with Bosch or Milwaukee in most cases.
You have to be specific as the 125 more describes a round 5" sander, not one
in particular as indicated below.
The Rotex indicated above is in a class all by itself as far as speed and
quality of output and the Rotex is the unit that Swingman, Robatoy, and I
are most always talking about.
The new sander is the RO-90 ... check it out on youtube. Dealers are
taking orders on them but they either just arrived here in the
US/Canada, or will shortly.
Awesome piece of machinery, a lot of dynamite in a small package.
There's always bigger and better no matter what ... always a better bass
player, guitar player, drummer, somebody with a bigger deck, etc.
wherever you go, so you learn to get used to it. :)
IOW, do/buy something you get satisfaction out of and resist looking back.
There is a Festool ROS that is considerable less expensive than the
Rotex125/150. It is more of a finish sander rather than an all around
agressive/finish sander. And yes the Rotex 125/150 are $400/$500
I'm glad I took your advice and bought into the Festool sander gig, and
I'm glad I took your advice and got the Rotex125 instead of the 150.
I tend to go toward bigger is better in that kind of tool (the more
surface area the quicker I'm done kinda thinking), but the 150 would be
a bit much to handle in the marathon sanding sessions that I'm wont to
do when I finally get started.
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