I was shopping for a ROS and visited the local Sears store. They had
several available. There was a Porter Cable (2.2 A), Dewalt (2 A) and
the Craftsman (3 A and 3.2 A). I'm very temmpted by the more powerful
Craftsman and wondered if anyone here has opinions of the different
My level of woodwork makes the 6" ROS seem pretty pricy.
I have owned the PC 5 inch and 6 inch right angle, the Bosch 5 inch and the
Dewalt 5 inch. Overall, it is the sander used the most. I prefer the Dewalt
over the PC but I would buy either before I bought the Craftsman. The Bosch
was not as pleasing to use but was more powerful. I would recommend the
velcro over PSA very strongly. The velcro is a better quicker less messy
system and the holes allow for vacuum pick up. If money were no issue I
would get the Fein.
I have a PC and a DeWalt. I think the PC is built a little better, but I use
the DeWalt more because it is more comfortable to hold (for me, YMMV) The
more powerful does not always translate to better.
I'v owned 2 Makitas that I have liked very well. The Bosch I disliked only
because I found that *I* do not care for a D-handle.
Based on my experience with the Bosch, my bet is that a 6" is a better
second sander than 1st. A 5" palm is mush easier to handle when you are not
sanding a large horizontal surface. I have used my 5" palm in such crazy
places as up an extension ladder to clean up some peeling exterior trim.
If you ever want/need to use it one-handed, you want a 5. If you already
have a 5 and want to speed up sanding of large areas, get a 6.
I bought a reconditioned Bosch fom the repair center 7 years ago with
the velcro pad. It works fine for me. Sanded stuff while I built the
house including hardwood floors and steps and one car I repainted. As
you can see from other posts everyone has their favorite if they have
used more than one. I just have experience with a few Bosch disk
If $$ is no issue, and you want electric,
then buy the Fein. If you want the best and fastest and your time is worth
thing to you, then get the top-of-the-line
Dynabrade. The Dynabrade is one
purchase I will never regret. Soooo much
faster than my 5" P.C. ROS.
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