Well Robatoy, after reading the review from your link, I know what I
would do. Especially if it came with a small finishing sander. I have
two sanders from them, one is the 6" ROS that looks like the Bosch with
the extended handle, and 5" that you hold the housing. Both variable
speed. The 6" even has a variable stroke.
I bought these when they had the famous "lifetime" warranty on them,
which I understand is back. I bought these because I had torn up my
last PC sander, and I found the DeWalt sanders I used to be nothing but
crap. Expensive, but crap. I was glad when they died out so I could
throw those rattling bastards away.
So I put the guys out on a house with the 6" HD sander with 60 and 120
grit to sand fascia. I was determined to really show my commercial rep
at HD how crappy his tools were, too. He did not care; he said "go for
it.. what do I care?" His reasoning was yours; most tools they sell
are weekend tools, some heavy weekend use, and lots of one project
tools. How many actually wind up in the hands of contractors? While
they were told at training that they were trying to tap the contractor
market, they wanted pricing to be homeowner friendly.
To sum it up, the sanders work better than any other I have owned. I
am disgusted. I wanted these to be crappy tools as I would like to buy
SOMETHING that is an old school branded tool that works better than
Chiawanese tools. But they built these tough. The 6" has sand MILES
of fascia/siding and trim to prepare for paint. Yet it still hums
right along and does good finishing on a new cabinet preparing for
The 5" gets the worst of it. The guys drop it, throw it in the tool
box (the carrying case long destroyed) and generally use the damn thing
as a grinder. Runs like a champ. As much as I hate seeing these tools
on my job (I want my clients to think I am using something they can't
just walk down and buy at the lumberyard equivalent of WalMart) I have
bough another one of each of these sanders and they stay in my truck in
their cases for me to use as needed.
I think you and I are the same vintage and remember when you bought a
tool, you used it hard on the job for a couple of years, and you took
it to the job for new bearings and cord. Then a couple of years later,
new bearings, cord and switch. Then repaired as needed. I have an old
Rockwell saw (long retired) that I bought in 1975 that has had 3 sets
of bearing put in it and it still runs like a sewing machine. I have a
Milwaukee saw that I bought in 1977 that has had 5 sets of bearings,
several cords and now has a heavy duty hammerdrill switch in it. It
was worth rebuilding years ago, and it was cost effiecient.
Now, the saws cost what they did 30 years ago (Rockwell 315 and 346C
were $125) and rebuilding costs as much or more than a new saw. My old
Milwaukee that served as me so well is no longer worth rebuilding. The
trigger is a little iffy (this one lasted 10 years though) and the cord
is frayed at the housing and literally smoked last time I used it, and
it really needs new bearings. Cost from Milwaukee repair here was the
same as our little tool repair shop: new bearings $85, new trigger
$42, new cord made to fit but not OEM is $22. All prices include
labor since they would have the saw apart anyway for bearings.
So the "old school" brands have us where they want us. Use the tool
until it breaks or it needs maintenance, and it is time to throw it
away. And they secure this position by having shorter and shorter
warranties on them. They are trading on their name, and that is an
account long overdrawn with me.
So if a tool pops up that has any kind of "lifetime" or one/two year
warranty, I would really be inclined to try it, especially if I could
take it back, if it was aggressively priced, and there was a good
chance that I could actually wind up with a good tool in the process.
And if this sander now comes with a 1/4 sheet sand as a "gimme" for
trying out the new product, I would probably go for it. (Yup, after
buying the 6" and the 5", I bought the 1/4 too, and it has outlasted
the Dewalts and kept up with the PC.)
PLEASE do us all a big favor and let us know what you think if you buy
and use this machine. I would love a tool review on this machine if
you could take a few minutes and commit your thoughts to writing.