Random Orbit Sander Buying Advice

George Vondriska recommends adding a Random Orbit Sander from Bosch to your shop to help rid of any unwanted scratch marks or swirls when sanding your latest woodworking project. Typical round or oval-shaped rotary heads spin in one pattern, so you either end up with uneven levels in the wood or a hand cramp from sanding for too long. You can choose from a number of options to customize the Random Orbit Sander for your preferences, including head and handle sizes, filtration systems, variable speeds for differing surfaces and a lock button.


Gee Dubb says:

one important note when buying a sander is to research the availability and price of replacement hook and loop pads. Replacing them is inevitable. Sometimes the home and garden stores do not have them in stock. Check on ebay and always try to keep a spare pad or two. Nails, screws, splinters and outright wear will prevent the paper from sticking to the pad. Don’t get caught shorthanded.

Vlad Gorshkov says:

Good advice, appreciate it.

Cookiemonster620 says:

i have an important question. My daughters crib is chipping paint, would sanding it fix my problem? if so what sander should i use? Thank you 🙂

Jerry Thompson says:

I have a Random Orbit sander I have had for a long time now.
Now it will not hold the sand paper what can I do?

Royale with cheese says:

My sander slows down when I put any pressure on it, is that normal?

Gerrit de Haan says:

I bought a Sraus Austria belt sander on line, new in the box!!
I received this sander and after 10 minutes light use, it started to smoke, I directly switched the electricity off.
and contacted the seller, he told me that I probably did use it wrongly and NO warranty was forthcoming.
So I wrote to the manufacture in China 2X and NO response!
I bought this machine from Urbán Roberts in Budapest.
I like to warn anybody if you want a belt sander to buy from a reputable manufacturer which has a service in your country,this is a prime for example that cheap will be expensive.

Mr2at says:

Good solid advice.

Stanley Pearse says:

Bosch, Triton or Festool?

WoodWorkers Guild Of America says:

Thank you for the nice comment. We are glad you are enjoying our videos! Happy woodworking!

jsc says:

how are you going to sand tight corners with ROS? Can you use some type of triangle sanding disks?

Bob Tuck says:

Solid advice George….I have a question off topic though. I can see, in the background, an old hand powered pillar drill (cast iron wheel with decorative spokes) what is that? I have one exactly the same…nifty little piece of old engineering. Would love some more information if possible.

WoodWorkers Guild Of America says:

Thanks! Happy Woodworking!

johnpaulgeorgenringo says:

LOL 2:52 “line in the sand”… good one. Also, I had never realized the range of features. That Bosch sander is truly a badass piece of equipment.

colleeRich says:

My 5 inch Rigid sander R2601 worked great last year but the pad or plate won’t stay screwed in and fell off while I was using it. The disks weren’t staying hooked so I took the pad off to clean it. Now the pad won’t stay screwed. The screws will continue to turn as if they are stripped but they aren’t. Can you tell me what’s what? I’m very precise about handling my tools and can’t find anything that I did to cause this.

Archzed says:

can we do wet sanding with an electric sander ? would water damage the machine ?

Fili2009able says:

Thanks, very good information,I wish you can tell how much is this ROS (will be easier to keep checking brands,quality and prices)

paul gorman says:

Excellent video, answered all my questions.

sheepborg says:

I watched this video. Then I realized in a moment of clarity… I dont even work with wood, or have any desire to buy a random orbit sander. What is my life?

Gordon Bowe says:

I had a Ridgid 2601 for about a year before it got stolen. I am now in the market for a new ROS.

I liked the Ridgid, and it worked pretty quickly, but my main complaint was the backing pad brake, which needed to be changed about every 3-4 sanding sheets, and required you to disassemble the unit completely to change. additionally, Ridgid used Torx screws inside of a deep recess, and a standard 1/4″ Torx adapter wouldn’t fit, requiring me to buy an Allen-style Torx set.

based on these “ergonomics” disasters, I am hesitant to buy another Ridgid.

Can you recommend a unit that is easier to maintain?


Jesus Gutz says:

which sander use for amateurs ?

MessianicDaddy says:

For the life of me, I could not find the ROS65BC-5, but I have found the Bosch ROS65VC-5. Is that the same sander?

Fernando Yáñez says:

Great Info!

Regina M. says:

I just purchased Bosch ROS10 to sand off what is left of last yr’s stain on my 16×36 deck. Should’ve sanded my 10yr+ weathered deck prior to applying a semi-transp Olympia stain. (I am guessing the prior owner did very little up-keep.)
I put the “RED universal brand” 60-grit disc & hooked up to my shop vac…it took about 1-1/2 hours to sand 7’x7 ‘ area b/c they disc kept flying off! (I returned them.)
I ordered the Bosch 25pk 60-grit discs and hope this speeds up the sanding job!

citticat2 says:

The filter doesn’t stay on otherwise the sander works well.

mprimecoleman says:

Thanks for this video. Question for anyone: I have a 5″ Dewalt that is crazy loud (sounds like a baseball card in a bike tire going at 1000rpm), and only goes very fast (not speed adjustable). Any way to reduce these negative qualities? or do I just need a new sander?

Oz Striker says:

have electric sanders made air/pneumatic sanders obsolete?

Oz Striker says:

have electric sanders made air/pneumatic sanders obsolete?

Chevy513 says:

I work in the automotive paint industry but have always wanted to get into woodworking I have just never had an area for the tools well now I have a large garage and have got 2 miter saws a good beginners table saw and router with router table and I already had a ton of cordless power tools like saws, drills, impacts, sanders, etc. as well as plenty of air tools which are mostly more for mechanical work though. I know an important thing to look at on a air random orbital sander you intend to use to sand vehicles with is the orbit diameter like a 1/32″ will give a finer finish where a 1/8″ will remove material faster. I assume this is something to look at in corded or cordless random orbit sander intended for use on wood as well isn’t it? I run the Ridgid 18-volt cordless tool line and I love my random orbital air sander a lot but now that my compressor is in my garage I have gotten really tired of listening to it run while I sand, so I saw that Ridgid offers a new Gen5x 18-volt cordless 5″ random orbit sander so I picked one up and I really like it of course there are definitely things I miss about my air sander but the Ridgid sander is still great but I have noticed that Ridgid makes no mention of it’s orbit diameter which I would think is an important detail, yet I have actually seen a 6″ Ridgid random orbital sander that has a switch on the side of it to change it from a larger 1/4″ orbit for faster material removal to a 1/8″ for finer finish work, that struck me as really cool cuz I have never seen an air sander like that before or even another electric one and it’s nothing complicated to make the change just a simple toggle switch on the side of the sander that really struck me as nifty! But having a sander where they tout the orbit diameters I would think they would at least list the orbit diameters on their other sanders. Another thing is there any difference between a random “orbital” sander and a random “orbit” sander, I assume not but have been a little confused on that I have seen sanders where they are titled as a random orbital sander but then in the features they list random orbit as a feature. Also just one other thing to just note is the difference in the aggressiveness of wood sanders and the grit of sandpaper used seems to be fairly different and that took a little learning about and getting used to.

ed0985587 says:

Yes this was a great video. Very intuitive. Thank you!!

WoodWorkers Guild Of America says:

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Ronald Dupra says:

Thanks for the great informative video, it answered all my questions. Subscribing now

Richard Aldridge says:

My Dewalt 5 is loud too, but I Iove the thing…Very easy on my old hands…very predictable. Must say I’m intrigued by the Bosch, however. Great video.

FirstReviewer says:

Nice Job !!!!!!!!

Peter Johnston says:

hi there i need to sand old wals in my house they are in a bad state i will plaster them early next year ..but for now i need a sander that will sand a few walls in my hose quite a few walls actually .was lookin at the silverline sander-polisher?
or bosch orbital somthin that will actually work well an not blow up under load?
dont want to pay 150 ppounds for the proper dry wall sander any ideas my friend?
thank in advance

Sathya Arun says:

Great Video…helped me to choose what i need…

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