|1. Bosch 1250DEVS||2. Bosch ROS65VC-6||3. Makita BO6030||4. 3M 20325||5. Ridgid ZRR2611|
|Material||Rugged die-cast aluminum gear housing||Rugged die-cast aluminum gear housing||Cast metal fan housing||Aluminum body and durable composite cover||Hard plastic housing|
|Dimensions||12.0” L x 6.0” W x 6.0” H||14.25” L x 6” W x 6.9” H||12-1/8″L x 5-7/8″ W x 7-1/8″H||6.39”L x 3.26” H||N/A|
|Product weight||5.3 lb.||5.3 lb.||5.2 lb.||1.74 lb.||6.3 lb.|
|Motor power||6.5 amp.||3.3 amp.||2.7 amp.||0.28 hp.||4.0 amp.|
|Voltage||120 V||120 V||120 V||N/A||120 V|
|Speed range OPM/RPM||3,100 – 6,650 OPM||5,500 – 12,000 OPM||4,000 – 10,000 OPM||12000 RPM||4,000-10,000 OPM|
|Orbit Diameter||5.0 mm.||4.0 mm.||3.17 mm.||5 mm.||3 mm. / 6.3 mm|
|Available dust collector|
|Vibration level||Reduced||<2,5m/sec²||4 m/s²||Reduced||Reduced|
|Integrated braking pad||N/A||N/A|
|Dual sanding mode||N/A|
|Ambidextrous Auxiliary Handle||Removable handle||Ergonomic rubberized rear handle||Comfortable rubber grip||Removable handle|
|Constant Response circuitry||Microfilter dust canister with integrated paper filter||Detachable front handle||3M Stikit Disc Pad Included||Lock-on button|
|Soft micro cellular backing pad||Soft micro cellular backing pad||Trigger with lock-on button||Ideal for high production industrial environments||Microfiber hook and loop backing pad|
|Included pad wrench||Included pad wrench||Uses hook-and-loop abrasive discs for quick changes|
|Dust port accepts Bosch hoses and standard equipment||Trigger with lock-on button|
Made of rugged die-cast aluminum, it is able to ensure a high durability and power even as time passes, so this is a purchase for the long-run. It features a passive dust collection system that ensures maximum operational efficiency as dust and debris won’t clutter up the workspace, tests revealing that this collection system has an impressive 96% efficiency. It allows you to pick the speed you desire at the simple turn of the dial it features. Another great feature is the Constant Response circuitry that ensures the speed level you have selected will be maintained throughout. It is powered by a 6.5 amp motor and it can reach a no-load speed of up to 600 RPM and a no-load orbit speed of up to 6650 OPM. Furthermore, this power tool is backed with a 1-year warranty against defects and workmanship, so you are covered in case anything happens to it during this period of time.
This tool provides you with two sanding modes to pick between, depending on your specific needs at the moment. It comes with the Soft Start feature which reduces start-up torque for safety purposes and to ensure you won’t make any mistakes that might ruin the work piece. It features an integral pad dampening system which ensures braking of the pad spin when it removes sander in order to prevent undesirable swirl marks. Vibration and wobbling are minimized by its rugged housing to ensure a steady performance. In addition, it comes with a useful selector level that allows a quick change between the two previously mentioned operating modes.
It comes with a soft microcellular backing pad which delivers the needed pliability for a fine and smooth finish to be provided on either flat or contoured surfaces. This ability of the pad to conform to the surface of the work piece makes the Bosch entry a truly versatile tool to work with. As aforementioned, there are two sanding modes put at your disposal as well, more precisely the random orbit mode which is used for normal stock removal, and the turbo driven eccentric orbit mode that is used for aggressive stock removal.
It is ideal for most sanding jobs, regardless whether you do them on wooden floors or furniture finishing, all due to the fact that it removes stock and finishes materials quick, without leaving behind any scratches. Thus, the surfaces are left immaculate after you work on them with it. Due to the fact that there is a wide assortment of 6-inch discs and pads that can be used with it, the power tool can be used for multiple other applications as well. The types of discs with which it is compatible include discs for paint, wood, and special applications.
|Ambidextrous auxiliary handle|
|Uses standard 6-hole 6-inch hook and loop discs|
|Available sanding mode selector between random orbit and turbo mode|
|Ergonomic handles for comfort and control|
It seems that Bosch did a great job with this product due to its powerful motor and strong housing that ensure its durability and effectiveness along with other great features that are able to serve a wide list of purposes.
Bosch continued doing a great job with the ROS65VC-6 by adding it a durable housing material that ensures a long lifespan. It also comes with the same pad-dampening system that can be used to prevent swirl marks, especially when it is used on fine surfaces. It has multiple ergonomic grip positions offering a comfortable use even with only one hand, and a removable front handle which is ideal for sanding in small tight spots.
For better handling and raised comfort, the manufacturer added an exclusive suspension system that is able to minimize the tool’s vibration, which is great for longer periods of use. It provides 2 dust collector systems, leaving a perfectly clean surface every time it is used.
|Vibration control system that minimizes vibration for superior handling|
|Microfilter dust canister with integrated paper filter|
|Integral pad-dampening system|
|Multiple ergonomic grip positions|
Well, Bosch ROS65VC-6 seems to come with plenty of interesting and effective features and a great look as well. Thus, the Bosch company continues surprising with great products and high-performance tools that guarantee satisfaction over long-term use.
Makita combines a great sanding power with a reduced vibration level for its great results. It has been created with 30% less vibration that gives the user a raised comfort during longs periods of use. Its detachable front handle gives you the possibility of using the tool in tight and confined spaces. The tool has a dust collector system great for debris removal from any type of surface without leaving it with swirl marks.
Using it, you will definitely improve the quality of numerous types of surface finishing, all with the help of a little vibration and a quite powerful motor. The tool is not too heavy to hold and comes with a 6” round abrasive disc, a hex wrench, a dust bag, a nozzle, a wrench holder, and a rubber pad.
|Provides 30% less vibration than the nearest competitor|
|Has 6″ hook-and-loop abrasive discs that provide a fast and easy installation|
|Detachable front handle allows sanding in corners and confined areas|
Makita did a great job with this well balanced and low vibration sander. Compared to other similar products it comes at a reasonable price and with plenty of power capability on its motor. Considering its great design and numerous features, it gets the third place in our top.
Unlike the rest of the presented products, 3M is an air powered non-vacuum orbital sander generally used in high-production industrial environments. It has a pleasant and simple design, and features minimized vibration and noise for a comfortable use. The tool is powered by an air compressor and is able to optimize the preparation of various types of surfaces, like metal, fiberglass, wood, composite materials, and others.
It is made of steel which ensures its durability over time and is able to run smoothly with a minimum vibration, which adds comfort while working. Its round-shaped grip reduces hand fatigue, so you can work longer and have accurate results.
|Made from precision-balanced steel able to run smoothly with less vibration||Cannot be used for dust extraction|
|Pneumatic power exceeds the capability of standard electric sanders|
|Its durable composite cover reduces cracked housings and downtime|
The 3M is well balanced and light weighted, with a great acceleration capability and easy maintenance, providing a smooth and accurate operation. In case you are willing to repaint or recondition different projects, you can definitely use its abilities.
Ridgid gives you the possibility of choosing between two sanding modes for a fine or more aggressive material removal. The tool comes with a powerful motor which is able to gradually increase acceleration and provides an easy way of paper changing due to its microfiber hook and loop pad. It comes with a comfortable grip made of an enhanced micro-texture that adds a lot of comfort to the user.
It can be used on various surfaces, and features a removable front pommel handle for superior ergonomics and sanding flush capability. Also, it offers a reduced vibration for added comfort during long-term uses, and comes with an 8-foot long rubber cord which makes it convenient to use.
|Comfortable and secure grip made from an enhanced micro-texture||The baking pads replacement is a bit expensive|
|Comes with a convenient 8-foot long rubber cord|
|Provides gradual acceleration and consistent power|
Ridgid company did not disappoint with the ZRR2611, making it ideal to use on any type of surface and offering the possibility of changing between its two sanding modes. One of its biggest highlights is that it can gradually increase acceleration, leading to more accurate results.
Another great option to consider is this model made by Dewalt. With a 3.0 amp motor, the tool reaches a speed between 8,000 and 12,000 OPM. This model weighs 2.9 pounds and is approximately 5.5 tall. Therefore, the tool is lightweight to handle it with ease and has a short height design which allows you to work closer to the working surface.
This model also comes with a dust collection and the dust bag features a one-hand locking system. Furthermore, the switch comes with a dust-sealed protection for preventing dust ingression. In order to reduce vibrations, the tool features a separate counterweight, thus allowing you to handle the tool with precision. Also, the rubber overmold grip helps reduce fatigue and better concentrate on your work. The cord is 8 inches long, so you can mover around with ease. For more convenience, the tool comes with a dust bag and a carrying case and is covered by a 3-year limited warranty.
|Quiet operation||No attachments included|
|Excellent dust control|
|Features a variable speed function|
All in all, we like the performance of this sander. It is easy to handle and pretty lightweight, allowing you to finish your projects faster and better. It comes with some nice features and is backed by a long warranty. Also, it is less expensive in comparison to the other models, so is worth considering if you’re looking for a more affordable option.
If you are dealing with flat, large, and rough surfaces, there is no other tool that can beat a belt sander’s capability. It is a heavy tool that works with sanding belts which are continuous loops of reinforced abrasive cloth placed over two cylindrical drums. It works well when removing old paint and for smoothing the narrow edges of a board.
These tools are lightweight, easy to operate even using only one hand, and relatively quiet. It is almost impossible to damage a surface with a finishing sander. On the other hand, being quite docile, in case of heavy stock removal you might not find them useful.
Between belt sanders and orbital sanders, you can find random sanders. It is relatively easy to confuse these types of sanders with each other because they have related names and common designs. A random sander’s pad moves in “random orbits”, vibrating in little circles while spinning. Because the pad spins and vibrates at the same time, it is able to eliminate swirl marks that normal sanders leave behind sometimes.
No matter if you are using the tool for the first time or not, it is recommended to be very cautious when it comes to its operation. Wearing protective glasses and a mask until the job is done would be ideal because working with dust can be very tricky. Also, try to cover other things around you to prevent the risk of spilling different toxic solutions.
These tools come with dust bags or canisters, but it might not be enough to trap all the dust that spreads out in the air. There are plenty of people who suffer from different respiratory issues, so it would be ideal if you would try using the tool with a vacuum connected to it, as well as a respiratory mask.
Most people who are regularly handling sanders make the same huge error: they move the tool too fast and press it too hard. You will get better results if you move your arm slower and apply less pressure on the sander. Moving it too fast on the surface creates uneven patterns and loops of uneven shapes, which makes them more visible in the end.
You have no idea how fast a sander’s bag or canister fills up. And if you are not careful, the dust will go inside its motor. In time, dust particles damage the inside of the motor and eventually destroy it. Thus, you have to make sure you empty the dust bag often.