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Thread: I Need a New ROS.... Which one?

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    I Need a New ROS.... Which one?

    I need a good ROS, I have a PC that I've used and used, but is kills my hands, and it is dying, it needs some work I think, it dances all over the wood now when I use it.

    It is a Model 343 and I bought it new in 2007.

    Price is not really a problem, I don't have tons of money but I'd rather buy a good sander and use it for many years than another cheapie and hate it, and have to replace it sooner.

    What are you using that you like?

    I'm wanting to pull the trigger on something soon, as I have some extra (Ha!) cash on hand, and if I spend it on tools while I still have the cash, that is a good thing!

    Cheers!
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    I'm still using (regularly) the Bosch 3725 I bought over 12-14 years ago, and it won't give up. Not expecting it to last that long, I bought a PC 390 as a backup, and it's a really nice sander. The top of it is a little large for my smallish hands, but I'd give it a look.

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    bosch is my first choice and festool is second stu.. would look at a ridigid though just because of warranty..
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    I don't have one, but have played around with a Mirka sander and if I had the $$ I would get one.
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    I've had the Festool ROS for about ten years. Best ROS I've ever seen. Others speak highly of the Bosch, too.

    My PC 333 now sits, pretty much unused, in a drawer somewhere.
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    I only use my Festool finish sander (ETS-125) now. The rest just sit on the shelf and I need to get rid of them (Porter Cable & Bosch). It is the only sander I use now because of the vacuum attachment with the auto power on/off at the Festool vacuum and it is close to being vibration free (a big feature for me). It seems quieter than the others, but that just may be my imagination. Just a caveat, I do not sand a lot, so my experiences are very low in this area. I generally hand plane my surfaces which then only require a light sanding, depending on the finish. But when I do, I enjoy the features that it has.
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    I just bought the Bosch 3725DEVS, and really like it, minimal vibration and great dust collection
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    I've had a Dewalt for years. Been a work horse. I've worn out one pad and the dust shroud brake thing. Replaced them and good to go again. The only complaint I've had with it is the dust collector bag falls off once in a while. I have that problem with every type of tool I've had that collects dust in a little bag. I have to Makita belt sanders that have the same irritant.

    Maybe you need on with a different handle style?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    I don't have one, but have played around with a Mirka sander and if I had the $$ I would get one.
    I guess there had to be something above Festool

    That looks like an amazing piece of kit, I'll have to look into it more..... Christmas IS coming
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    Well Amazon WILL ship to it to Japan, they WON'T ship Festool to Japan, the Festool sanders in Japan are at least twice the price as in the US.
    About $580 all in, import taxes, shipping etc.... dang it Jeff, that is one sweet looking tool!
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