I am thinking about buying a PC tool for $150 and they have a $25 discount
at $200. I can always use another ROS. Amazon no longer carries the 333,
only the 333VS.
Is there any advantage to a variable speed sander or is it just a gimmick?
(The Fein multimasteris variable speed, but the instructions say to use the
highest speed for everything.)
Just to be clear here, you do realize that the PC 333vr can be had for $80.
Anyway I do not know if the VS on this particular model would be much of an
advantage. I have been using a 7335 style 5" right angle PC ROS for about
15 years. It is a single speed and is rather aggressive. There are times
that I wished that I could slow down the sanding speed when finesse would be
preferred over speed.
I've got the 333vs and find I use the variable function quite often
when I want to go at it slowly. It's nice to be able to crank it up for
work and slow it down for the finesse work. My only complaint with the
is the little dust collector. Doesn't stay on at all although I think they
it since I bought mine (3 years ago).
If all you are going to do is sand large flat surfaces it may not make any
difference. But if you want to sand edges or delicate work or sand between
coats or rub out a finish then it may. Cheers, JG
I have the Makita VS unit.
Power sanding between coats of finish would just not be possible at full
speed, too agressive.
Also good for releiving and edge with extra control.
I'm glad that I spent the extra $30 for VS. It's nice; I use it;but it's not
really a *must-have* feature.
For what it's worth, I own two (don't ask) Grizzly G9910 variable speeed
ORBITAL (not true ROS) sander. Variable speed up to 10,000 rpm. I find the
variable speed control to be very helpful because I use it for shaping and
light sculpting. At high speed, with 80 grit, it removes wood quickly
(maybe a little too quickly at times) and the lower speeds allow some needed
BTW it retails for around $30.
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