Festool Rotex 150. Excellent dust control. Pricey.
6" Ridgid (really a Metabo, German made) a lot of bang for the buck.
I have owned 2 6" Porter Cable ROS's.. one a VS and a regular one. Can't
kill 'm since 1986. Almost daily usage. (Brushes and a cpl of
All parts interchange with the Metabo/Ridgid. No shortcuts, like
bushings instead of bearings...just an orange jacket..thatsit.
That Ridgid is a LOT of sander. The two modes are very useful once you
get a feel for when to use which one.
I bought the Ridgid last year after one of the magazines rated it a Best Buy.
It's a fine sander, as as you pointed out, it really is a Metabo. I'd buy it
again. In fact I did... for my brother's birthday.
For the rest of you: please note neither Robotoy nor I misspelled the brand
name. Look at the name the next time you're in Home Depot and you'll see....
Hopefully you won't find too many rigid tools there. <G>
Do not rule out the Rigid. I just went through the same purchase. Took a
look at all of them and decided on the Rigid as it drew more amps.
My first Rigid tool, and to be honest, I am surprisingly impressed. Nice
long cord, good dust collection, good power, nice case with plenty of
I really do think that whomever designed this, actually put some real
thought and research into the sander.
Case in point, they actually put a picture of a sander on the side of the
case, as to be able to ID the case as it sits on the shelf. All of the
other cases I have I label them as to the contents for easy selection.
Dewalt has the model number on the side of the case, but that does me no
Even has a picture on the lighted plug. At first I thought it was silly,
but the picture really helps when you start cleaning up and have 4 plugs
coming out of your outlet.
Small things, but impressive along with the plenty of power and good dust.
Only wish I could say good things with the wealth of Norton discs I
purchased along with the sander. I think they are designed to clog only
after a couple of minutes.
Again it really does seem like a tool that a user designed.
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If it is in English, thank a
It's probably the best of the litter listed. Unless you plan on using
it for only short periods at a time, I'd suggest taking it apart and
removing the friction belt that they added to stop the thing. It's
nothing but a heater (actually an o-ring around a solid pin).
I have the DW VS and am very happy with it.
I would choose this way:
Narrow it down to hook & loop
Narrrow it further by only those with VS
Pay attention to the DC connection-(some are oval and require an
expensive adapter for your vac)
Make sure the hole pattern is standard-(you don't want to be stuck with
something you can't get sheets for)
Pick the one that feels right when you pick it up
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