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View Poll Results: What random orbital sander
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Old 04-16-2013, 02:25 AM
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What random orbital sander?

I'm buying new tools. What's the best recommendation for a random orbital sander now?
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:53 AM
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Mirka.. Ceros

http://www.mirkaceros.com/CEROS_home.html

Its The best electric random orbital...lightweight, compact , powerful that Ive used and its produced in three different orbit diameters...fine ,med, coarse

Its a Pro tool so its expensive.

Mirka Net sandpaper is superior for heavy removals

A good cheap all purpose RO sander is the Bosch.

http://www.bosch-professional.com/gb...bo-7757-ocs-p/

When choosing a sander you need to identify orbit diameter and determine what work you need done. Paint work needs a fine orbit

You might investigate the 3m RO sanders. They seem to be a copy of the Mirka

http://3mcollision.com/products/tool...bit-28426.html
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:39 PM
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45 years of electric sanding and I vote for, In a 5 in. a Porter Cable, reasonable for rough heavy sanding work but excellent as a finishing unit. In a 6in. a Metabo -I challenge any sander on the market to match this unit for heavy sanding .
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:44 PM
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Thank you. I might have to up my game this time. That 3m is $500 and I was thinking of spending half that. The Ceros is the around $500 too with shipping. They say painting is all in the prep work. I wonder if I'd see a difference using a better sanding tool or if it would make sanding easier for me. I'm not spraying, only rolling and tipping with a brush.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:49 PM
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Sorry I posted at the same time. That's more in my price range. Thank you too. I have some money to spend on new tools. Have to decide how to allocate it and get quality where I'll see it. I have a cheap side too!
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Old 04-23-2013, 11:06 PM
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Rupes. Jeff.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:37 AM
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Mirka ceros here too. If your sanding a lot, a machine like that is great. Also when working overhead, lightweight and powerfull.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:13 AM
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Rupes Tools !! Best Ever !!

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I'm buying new tools. What's the best recommendation for a random orbital sander now?
Here in nz the best ever orbital sander we always use is RUPES brand Every boat company ever work ar in over 35 years uses them they hold 1/2 sheet sand paper for wet and dry !! they go for ever . just motor brushs and the papaer clips that ever wear out not reappy push hard and almost sit on and they just keep going and going for ever!! Like all good not not cheap but then the best you have tp pay for !!
Also in the bame brand is round vecro mechanical driven pad is big dia ameter with a vac system to suck up dust is olmots 100% dust free to work with again is professionall tools not toys !!All R U P E S tools are same !!.
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Old 04-27-2013, 04:14 PM
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Tunnels,

What model 1/2 sheet sander do you use, it appears they have one that has a trigger style grip like what you'd see on a corded drill and some other variants. At 3.6kg, they sound like beasts, do they get used on the sides of hulls?

Lastly, how do they stack up in cutting speed to say a variable speed polisher with an 8 inch pad, or an orbital mud hog?

Hutchins orbital air files have a similar presence in the US, but take a lot of air to run.

Thanks,

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Old 05-04-2013, 01:25 AM
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Over here Mirka Ceros and Mirka Deros (the last one has the inverter built in).

Mirka Ceros and Mirka Deros
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Rupes, if you can't get them, try harder.
I have SS70 and LE7 and their round random sander, all are simply the best.
My poor LE7 has worked its arse off and been rebuilt a few times, but I used it all last week again, and it HAS to be my favourite tool, both for quality of finish, ease of use, and great results.

....oh, did I mention RUPES. (Italy)
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Old 05-04-2013, 04:58 AM
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Have you tried the Mirka machines? Ask for a demo. I was a great Rupes and Festool enthousiast (with the Festools breaking down occasionally) but the Mirka machines changed my mind.
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Old 05-04-2013, 05:07 AM
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Have you tried the Mirka machines? Ask for a demo. I was a great Rupes and Festool enthousiast (with the Festools breaking down occasionally) but the Mirka machines changed my mind.
Are the 3m machines simply rebranded Mirka sanders ?
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Old 05-04-2013, 06:32 AM
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No, these are working on a different voltage, and have less power.
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Thanks Herman will follow up here Monday to find out about them.
Always happy to get a better machine.
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