OK fellas....I'm stuck and can't decide on which random orbit sander to
get. I've whittled it down to the following sanders (all variable
Makita BO5012K (new)
I'm sort of leaning towards the Makita as the Porter's seem to have
motor problems and I've read the Bosch's are real aggressive + the
Makita (and Bosch) come with cases.
Anyway...any help is appreciated!
Preston...after doing some research in the newsgroups +
amazon.com....the Porter 333 seems to have a problem with the motor
burning out + a little more "problems" than the Makita or Bosch. Don't
know if it's that model only, but fortunately the Porter 333VS has
actually got good reviews.....that's why I'm stumped. There's not much
reviews for the Bosch's and nothing really on the new Makita, but my
gut feeling is either Makita or Bosch. I just want to purchase a tool
for under $100.00 that will last me a long time. It's only for home
use, so I just want to make a smart decision. I don't own any power
tools from either of the 3 brands, but historically...all 3 are good
brands, but the Porter being the better priced probably than the other
It may have more posted problems because their are many more of them out
there. Sort of like saying 1,000,000 Chevy's needed new tires last month
while only 100 Ferraris did. Therefore,, Ferraris have less tire problems.
I treat power tools, especially sanders, under $100.00 as a through
away tool. It works till it stops, through it away, and buy a new
one. I wish I could tell you different, but sanders are an usuable
product. A power tool that sells for less than $100.00 does not have a
very long life in a shop like mine than uses it every day.
I won't be using the tool everyday, Mike...only on weekends and even
then it won't be non-stop sanding....10-15 minutes here and there and
that's it. So...I'd like to consider it as a "consumable" item, but
for what I'll use it for and as often as I'll use it...I really
can't....it's more of an "asset" to me.
I'm sure all 3 brands are decent...I just need something to push me
over the hill on whichever brand. I don't have any experience with any
of the 3 brands...so that doesn't help. Cost is not a major
concern...no problem paying $20.00 difference on one brand over the
I have the Bosch 3107DVS which does include variable speed to adjust
some of its aggression. It does come in a cardboard box, which might
be adequate for home use. I like it very much, it has done all that I
asked it to do. It was more than $100 as I recall. Its aggression was
controlled by going to a finer grit.
unfortunately the Makita and Bosch's are not available locally...only
online. Of course, I went by Home Depot & Lowe's and held the Porter
333....that's feels fine, but they don't carry the other brands...which
is wierd as they carry their other tools. Didn't really care for the
I just used the Makita for the first time last night. 10-minute test on
poplar with 3 different grits:
As compared to my old 1.7 amp non VS Makita of which I was very fond, here
are my impressions.
1. Shape: same height and weight (light), but the top is just a tab wider
and less convex than the prior model. It did not fit my hand quite as well.
But I have smallish hands.
2. Vibration-Very good. noticeably less than the old one.
3. Aggressiveness - I was not overwhelmed but it was only a 10-minute test
and I was using a different brand of paper than usual. I would have to say
that the test was a bit inconclusive, but the rating is still "perfectly
adequate but nothing to write home about"
4. H&L - *very* grippy... maybe it's just new, but I the hooks look
different to me
5. Dust collection - I had low expectations and they were exceeded. The
baggy got maybe 3/4 of the dust (tough to judge). The weak point as I could
tell was the elastic connection between the baggie and the connector. A fine
mist of dust was "blowing out of the seam. It appears that this little beast
actually creates a bit of air-flow.
Conclusion: If I could touch the competition before-hand, I would. But I
couldn't and didn't. Since I put a premium on weight as a criteria, I think
I made the right choice *for me*.
I haven't a clue. I thought that since I was buying I might as well move a
bit "up-market". I suspect that it might be handy when sanding between coats
if finish when I want a really light pass.
Only time will tell if I actually use the feature.
a single speed ROS would be fine in a production setting where flat
surfaces only were being sanded and the conditions were controlled-
always the same abrasive, always the same material with the same
veneer thickness, etc.
the variable speed allows you to slow way down for applications where
the pad only makes partial contact- like on curved surfaces. at full
speed it would do significant damage to a curve, but slowed all of the
way down you can use it to sand roundovers and fair in parts that need
a delicate touch.
when you are dealing with thin veneers it is useful to be able to slow
the ROS down to gain control of stock removal. it's easy to burn
through at full speed.
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