right-angle sanders rock, February 19, 2005
Reviewer: Shantara "tool Xpert"
i've used the bosch and love it. this sander is a
right-angle sander. this means the gearing is off-set from
the sanding pad, providing considerably more torque, thus
providing faster stock removal. it delivers similar stock
removal to a light-weight belt sander. maybe "jonman"
should use a light-weight belt sander, bosch mini belt
sander (for inside curves), or makita's band file (also,
for inside curves). metabo, festool and now the rigid
clone of the metabo all offer dual-orbit settings. one for
agressive stock removal, one for fine finishing. these are
mid-weight random orbit sanders and are lighter duty than
the right-angle sanders. i think "jonman" would be much
happier with one of these. even lighter duty, are the 5"
palm random orbit sanders, porter-cable makes a sweet one,
the 333vs. to flatten the surface, after the random orbit
leaves the slight divets it does, i use the bosch 1293d
1/2 sheet finishing sander. it's large enough to flatten
the surface, unlike a palm sander. it also gets into
corners. if you must own a palm sander, get the
porter-cable 0330 random-orbit 1/4" sheet sander (most
palm sanders are not random orbit). i use the dewalt 443
6" random orbit, as it was the best at the time, 8 years
ago, as well as the bosch 1/2 sheet finishing sander. i
own a belt sander, but don't usally use it for furniture
because my 6" random orbit works so well. i use the bosch
mini belt sander mostly for trim and scribes and inside
curves. i also use the porter-cable detail sander, but
it's not that powerful. maybe i'll buy the bosch detail
sander one day.
One capable sander, July 27, 2005
Reviewer: B. BRITTON "The Restoration" (ND) - See all my
I bought this sander to fill the gap between the belt
sander and the block sander. Good choice; the locked in
aggressive mode really takes off material. I really like
the random orbit mode; I can hold it flat on the work with
one hand and it doesn't want to jump around. Nice. One has
to wonder if the unhappy reviewer got a knock-off Bosch
and not the real thing. This is a useful tool
There Goes Bosch! Rebuttal, October 26, 2004
Reviewer: Tom Diver "TD"
I don't know what product "Jonman x484" is talking about,
but it can't be the Orbit Sander. I have been involved in
woodworking for over 20 years and own a variety of Bosch
tools. My latest purchase was the Orbit Sander to cut down
on "sanding" time, and the product lives up to
expectations. The two speeds allows you to "rough" sand
and "finish" sand without changing tools. It is also very
comfortable to use, almost like it was made for my hands.
Also, once again, Bosch included a place for the wrench in
the design of this tool. I love that feature! No more
looking around for the right wrench to change out pads.
The only negative is I feel that they should include a
vacuum attachment as a bonus.