Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Best Orbital Sander under $100

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    DSM, IA
    Posts
    5,719

    Best Orbital Sander under $100

    I dropped my Ryobi orbital sander last night and while it still works, it shakes like crazy and is louder than ever now. So now I'm in the market for a new sander...what is the best in the under $100 range. (festool or mikra aren't in the cards) I don't see that the low profile Porter Cable is around anymore. That appealed to me as it can be held easily in the palm of your hand. The other Porter Cable sanders have less than stellar reviews these days from what I've seen. That leaves Makita, Dewalt, Rigid, Milwaukee and Bosch. Any that I'm missing?

    I'm pretty sure quite a few of you have the VS Bosch model and like it....any of the others get high marks from you all?
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
    My Website


  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,437
    I don't have any others, but am happy with my Bosch VS. The little dust filter does an amazing job when I can't use the hose on it. I did have to order the hose adapter separately. I also bought an additional pad to put on it.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    1,448
    I am extremely happy with the Bosch ROS20VSC - in a canvas bag for $68.98 on Amazon
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...AJUYOJ4PMUS3UH

    I haven't seen any advantage to the "kit" that jacks the price to $79

    Often one or the other is available at Lowe's for about the same price.

    I have two of them, and discarded (Craigs List) my comparable Porter Cable unit. It looked the same but wasn't as nice to use

    I twist off the dust filter and can shove my Fein vacuum hose directly on the port.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
    Lots of my free advice at www.solowoodworker.com

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Thomasville, GA
    Posts
    5,992
    I have a Porter Cable 334 and a Makita BO5010. They both get used but I grab the Makita most of the time because it's a bit more comfortable. It looks like the BO5030 is the new offering of the one I have and it's under $70 at Amazon.

    Just as an aside, I had my PC first, then got a good deal on the Makita. Turns out they both use the same base pad style, so having a spare is double good.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Posts
    9,076
    I have a couple of Bosch 1295VS (no longer made) that have served me well for many years. Based on the performance, dust collection and quiet operation, I would be tempted to look at Bosch again if required. I am glad I picked up a couple of extra vacuum adapters since Grainger is selling the $12 part for nearly $50 today!?! I also have a couple of hard pads for them which work much better of flat surfaces than the softer ones that come standard.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    DSM, IA
    Posts
    5,719
    Thanks guys...The Bosch is looking like a front runner. They have the VS model at my local Menards and I have some rebate $$ too! Hope to pick one up soon.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
    My Website


  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Posts
    12,247
    Jeff before u buy a new one from a big box store, take a look a CPO Bosch Reconditioned.
    I purchased a Bosch orbital from there for unreal low price.
    Here is a link with the range available and prices often free shipping in USA
    http://www.cpotools.com/bosch-sander...efault,sc.html

    P.s. don't blame me if you blow your budget and buy too much the deals are incredible and I have not had an issue with any bosch recon.
    The colt router is available there for around $75 and that's a great price.


    Sent from my SGH-I337M using Tapatalk
    cheers

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Location
    DSM, IA
    Posts
    5,719
    Thanks for everyone steering me to the Bosch. I picked one up at Woodsmith last night for under $65. Had a $10 off coupon and a woodturners group discount too. I can't believe the difference in the Bosch and the Ryobi I had. Literally like night and day! My hands are not going to shake for a few hours after a sanding session anymore!! The dust collection that comes with it worked great as well. Soon it'll be hooked up to my dust deputy, once I get that up and going.

    Anyway...thanks again!
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
    My Website


  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Posts
    13,437
    Nice! I've been thinking of picking up a second one, may check out the refurbs that Rob linked to.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Location
    Austin, Texas
    Posts
    1,448
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    I can't believe the difference in the Bosch and the Ryobi I had. Literally like night and day! My hands are not going to shake for a few hours after a sanding session anymore!!
    My Ryobi tools have always found their way to a new life through Craigs List. Now I skip the first step and don't buy them. They work as specified, but not the way I want tools to work. My 5 inch sanders are Bosch (having worn out two Makitas), and my 6 inch is Festool. The Bosch are good enough that I don't have a desire to upgrade to Festool.
    Charlie Plesums, Austin Texas
    (Retired early to become a custom furnituremaker)
    Lots of my free advice at www.solowoodworker.com

Similar Threads

  1. Reciprocating Saw Question: Is Orbital Worth It?
    By Vaughn McMillan in forum New Tools
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 12-20-2014, 09:14 PM
  2. Porter cable orbital sander caught fire
    By Jake Vrbka in forum New Tools
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 04-10-2012, 01:01 AM
  3. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 03-06-2012, 01:35 PM
  4. Belt Sander or Orbital Sander
    By Dawson Mossman in forum New Tools
    Replies: 13
    Last Post: 09-18-2009, 01:03 AM
  5. Hook and Loop Pad Wears out on Random Orbital??
    By Ken Close in forum New Tools
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 11-19-2007, 04:00 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •