Five-inch random orbit sanders are probably the most popular woodworking sander on the market today. These sanders typically have swirl-less patterns to avoid scratching, dust collection to keep sawdust off of the stock, and easy hook-and-loop fasteners for connecting the disks to the sander's pad. The sanding disks all have a standard hole pattern to help with the dust collection.
Some features to consider when buying a random orbit sander are the quality of the dust collection system,... whether it is a canister or a bag, and whether the dust port can be connected easily to a shop vacuum or dust collector. Your choice in sander should probably include a lengthy power cord and shouldn't be overly noisy or one that vibrates extensively, which can increase user fatigue on big sanding jobs.
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Bosch ROS20VSK Random Orbit Sander
Bosch engineers recently took to the drawing board to redesign the Bosch ROS20VSK Random Orbit Sander, and the improvements are apparent. With a 2.5-amp variable speed (7,500-12,000 RPM) motor, the sander provides a very smooth, even finish without a lot of vibration to be transferred to the user. Less vibration means less fatigue, so you can use the sander longer. It is comparatively quiet, with a micro-filter dust collector that does a great job if you don't want to connect the sander to a dust collection system.
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DeWalt D26453 Random Orbit Sander
The DeWalt D26453 Random Orbit Sander is a feature-packed 5-inch sander that employs a 3-amp variable-speed motor, offering speeds from 7000-12000 RPM. The DeWalt C26453 includes a hard-shell case and is covered by a three-year manufacturer's warranty. As with most units in this category, it includes a dust-sealed switch and dust bag (or the ability to connect to a dust-collection hose).
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Hitachi SV13YA Random Orbit Sander
The Hitachi SV13YA Random Orbit Sander is powered by a variable-speed 2.4-amp (230-watt) motor (with speeds from 7,000-12,000 RPM). This sander uses 5-inch (8-hole) hook and loop sanding disks, has a sealed slide on/off switch, dust bag, and hard-shell carrying case. Perhaps the most appealing feature is that the Hitachi SV13YA is covered by a 5-year warranty.
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Milwaukee 6021-21 Random Orbit Sander
Also covered by a five-year warranty, the Milwaukee 6021-21 Random Orbit Sander is a great value for a sander. While the sander uses standard 5-inch sanding discs and is powered by a 3-amp variable speed motor, the sander's comfortable ergonomic grip and electronic soft start set it apart from other models in its class.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Porter-Cable 343VSK Random Orbit Sander
The Porter-Cable 343VSK Random Orbit Sander also utilizes a 3-amp variable speed (7,000-12,000 RPM) motor to power 5-inch sanding discs. This unit is one of the more aggressive sanders in the class, which means that while it sands very quickly, you'll need to keep a firmer grip to keep the sander going in the preferred direction than other sanders. Dust collection is handled by either a dust canister or by connecting a 1-inch or 1-1/2 inch vacuum hose.