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5" ro sander or rectangular sanders, which do you prefer?

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  • #391836

    rylim
    Pro
    Missouri City, Texas

    I like the 5″ ro sander over the ¼ sheet sander any time.
    In fact I haven’t used the ¼ sheet any more now I have the RO 5″ and 6″ sander.

    You might get a RO with 5″ and 6″ interchangeable backing plate.
    I prefer 5in over 6in sanders for regular work. Just easier to use.

    #391856

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    You might get a RO with 5″ and 6″ interchangeable backing plate.
    I prefer 5in over 6in sanders for regular work. Just easier to use.

    Mine had the 2 backing plates.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #391941

    You might get a RO with 5″ and 6″ interchangeable backing plate.
    I prefer 5in over 6in sanders for regular work. Just easier to use.

    Mine had the 2 backing plates.

    As does mine

    I prefer the 5 to get everything smooth, then (depending on the size of the workpiece) switch over to the 6 inch to make everything glassy and level.

    Also like the 6 (again, on larger surfaces) for light passes between coats

    #392240

    rylim
    Pro
    Missouri City, Texas

    You might get a RO with 5″ and 6″ interchangeable backing plate.
    I prefer 5in over 6in sanders for regular work. Just easier to use.

    Mine had the 2 backing plates.

    As does mine

    I prefer the 5 to get everything smooth, then (depending on the size of the workpiece) switch over to the 6 inch to make everything glassy and level.

    Also like the 6 (again, on larger surfaces) for light passes between coats

    For deep sanding, I prefer to use belt sander.

    #392261

    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    Most all of my sanding needs are done with my 18 volt 5″ ROS these days.

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #392268

    Each type of sander has its place in my book for furniture work, and I use them all. I use the belt sander for large material removal. I have two random orbit sanders which are good for general sanding, but because they sand in circles, you can see the cross-grain scratches when I put finish on. So I do final sanding with 220 grit on a 1/4 sheet oscillating sander (or sometimes a rubber sanding block for small pieces) to get the final surface.

    #426154

    Doobie
    Pro

    Check this Sander Manual at http://www.manualbirds.com/manuals/makita-sander-user-manual-291499, you will see the difference.

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    #426166

    jponto07
    Moderator
    Bloomington, IN

    Check this Sander Manual at http://www.manualbirds.com/manuals/makita-sander-user-manual-291499, you will see the difference.

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    #427002

    Anonymous

    I use both orbital and rectangular. PT wood gets the 5″ 90% of the time, but i finish my Ipe’ with a 1/2 sheet rectangle sander 🙂

    #427265

    yellaD
    Pro

    Dust extraction as you sand makes a big diff for me so I use a 6in Festool Rotex for when fast removal is needed, a 5in Mirka Deros I just got for moving up grits, and a delta sander for inside corners when necessary. All are used with dust extraction.

    The abrasive you use is important as well. Most stuff sold in BB stores is pretty lousy.

    I use the Rotex 6″ RO and a DTS 400 delta sander for corners. I donated my 1/2 sheet and handheld belt sander because they didn’t have dust extraction.
    BIG DIFFERENCE in enjoyment levels.

    #427567

    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    Dust extraction as you sand makes a big diff for me so I use a 6in Festool Rotex for when fast removal is needed, a 5in Mirka Deros I just got for moving up grits, and a delta sander for inside corners when necessary. All are used with dust extraction.

    The abrasive you use is important as well. Most stuff sold in BB stores is pretty lousy.

    I use the Rotex 6″ RO and a DTS 400 delta sander for corners. I donated my 1/2 sheet and handheld belt sander because they didn’t have dust extraction.
    BIG DIFFERENCE in enjoyment levels.

    I only have a porter cable 5 inch random orbital. I’ll eventually have to look for a newer and nicer one. I wouldn’t mind either the rotex or the mirka’s

    #427768

    Toolshead
    Pro
    In the Rice Fields, South TX

    I donated my 1/2 sheet and handheld belt sander because they didn’t have dust extraction.
    BIG DIFFERENCE in enjoyment levels.

    Seems I’m the only one with a dedicated sanding station?
    Just a box with a pegboard top and a piece of 4″ PVC through the side to hook up to the DC. Sand away, and the sawdust disappears through the top of the box. Vary the suction by covering different parts of the top.

    #427791

    yellaD
    Pro

    I donated my 1/2 sheet and handheld belt sander because they didn’t have dust extraction.
    BIG DIFFERENCE in enjoyment levels.

    Seems I’m the only one with a dedicated sanding station?
    Just a box with a pegboard top and a piece of 4″ PVC through the side to hook up to the DC. Sand away, and the sawdust disappears through the top of the box. Vary the suction by covering different parts of the top.

    I was going to incorporate a little area like that in something else, maybe like my sharpening pond/stones area.
    Did you caulk or seal the inside of the box?

    #427853

    crotalusco
    Pro
    west bend, wi

    I tend to use belt, orbital and standard sanders on most of my projects. Each have their uses and specialties

    #427940

    1/2 sheet is a go to for larger areas and field work. A random orbit is good between finish coats and final sanding at higher grits. I like an orbital delta for corners too. I dual mode replaced my belt sander and it has much better DC anyway.

    Orange County, CA

    #428074

    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    I donated my 1/2 sheet and handheld belt sander because they didn’t have dust extraction.
    BIG DIFFERENCE in enjoyment levels.

    Seems I’m the only one with a dedicated sanding station?
    Just a box with a pegboard top and a piece of 4″ PVC through the side to hook up to the DC. Sand away, and the sawdust disappears through the top of the box. Vary the suction by covering different parts of the top.

    When I rearrange my shop, I may do this, as this would make the most amount of sense. I wonder if it would be counter productive if I have a hose coming in from each side .

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