I have both. The ROS is more aggressive than the palm sander. The
downside of the ROS is the special sandpapers it requires. The palm
sander takes a quarter sheet of any kind of sandpaper (lower cost than
the hook-and-loop papers) and I consider that a big plus. I think the
ROS has become more popular than the standby palm sander. My palm
sander has a longer cord than my ROS--that may not be deciding factor,
but there have been times that I do appreciate the convenience.
On 26 Oct 2004 10:33:44 GMT, email@example.com (Kevin Daly)
that might depend on where you live....
when my old ROS died about 5 years ago, I was looking for a new one...
it was about the time that all the finishing sanders with round and
triangle heads appeared...
Not only did I have a hard time finding much of a selection in local
stores, but most people were surprised that I WANTED a ROS, with all
the other types available...
To me, the ROS fills the gap between the belt/disk sander and the palm
IMHO, using one type (ROS/palm/finishing) of sander to do everything
is like using an 1/8" router blade to rip boards.... you need to give
up the "crutch" of overusing a favorite tool (or software *g*) and
decide if it's really the best tool for the job at hand..
I had a Makita PS forever and it certainly fit the bill for me. Then
I was given a Porter Cable ROS and my poor little Makita PS sits idle.
Here are my impressions of the ROS vs. the PS
1. it is quieter
2. it is more aggressive
3. better dust collection
4. THERE ARE FAR FEWER SANDING SCRATCHES (my most important
5. it is easier on my hands. far less post-use fuzzies in the hands
the big negative,
the paper is certainly more expensive. 90 cents for a square sheet
cut in four makes 22 cents each. The cheapest ROS paper I have found
at Lee Valley is about 60 cents. CDN dollars.
Hope this helps.
firstname.lastname@example.org (brandt) wrote in message
Take a look at http://www.woodessence.com/abrasivesdefault.html
I've bought a box of 50, and even with shipping, it came out better
than HD or LV. (But then, I have lots of unused sandpaper sitting
Have a compressor? I finally went to a
Porter Cable ROS. It died within a year.
I then bought a 5" Dynabrade 5" ROS.
About 8 -10 times faster than the P.C..
The P.C. was noticably better than my
1/2 sheet Rockwell that I had always
sworn by. The Dynabrade is far superior
to the P.C. ROS.
I bought mine on closeout from jjkair.com.
It was about $400 but the closeout price
was about $115 w/ shipping. Believe I
bought the 11011. Along with the sanding
time cut to 1/10th, you will also see far
fewer sanding marks. The speed dial is right
next to the trigger. Can do gentle work or
carve spruce Cello and violin tops.
I would never go back to electric sanders.
Don't buy a cheap ROS, they are just a
waste of time and money. I bought the
Dynabrade for my own use but I also use
it comercially. Have used cheaper model
Dynabrades. Good, but not as good as
the top of the line.
For my employer, time is money, so I have
no option as to air or electric. Need a very
high quality finish and need it quickly. Only
air power will give us that. In defense of
electric sanders I understand that the big
(and heavy!) Fein produces very good results
and will do so quickly. The Fein is heavier
and expensive. Being electric it is also
expensive to repair, and will have a very short
service life when compared to pneumatic
Stopped by my Dad's shop the other day.
Used his 5" Dewalt electric sander. These are
great for frustrating your 6 year old son. He'll become an accountant and not
worker after using that kind of toy.
A good electric ROS now seems like a slow burnisher. You won't know the
agony you suffered until you use a very
good air powered ROS. You'll need a larger compressor but this is the perfect
argument for buying one.
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