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  1. #1
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    Default An ROS question sander question for the box makers here

    My workshop is small. Accordingly, I build small stuff. Boxes and such. I have always used a 5" ROS. My wife recently bought me a Festool 5" ROS (not the Rotex) at Woodcraft. I think I will return it for the Rotex. I just can't figure out if I should move to the 6". As I understand it, the Festool 6" sanders run smoother with less vibration than the 5" - and this is what attracts me to them. I know the 6" dominates the Festool ROS sales, but am concerned that it might be too large for the kind of work I do.

    I'd love to hear the opinion of others. Since all of us here work on smaller than average sized projects, your opinions are particularly valid. Anyone using on (or more) of Festool's 6" sanders for boxes? Do you feel the sanders are too large and/or heavy for small work?

    Sometimes decisions like this can be painstaking.

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    Hi Molarman,

    I'm sorry I can't help. I still do 90% of my sanding by hand

    Personally, what benefits does the 6" give you that the 5" can't?

    Cheers
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    For sanding small boxes, I always hand sand. The ROS does a good job on larger flat surfaces, but for boxes it's going to round the edges.
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    I use a 6" x 48" belt sander.
    (put wheels on it and use it outside if room is a problem"
    Sorts the dust out as well.
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    I have two ROS's and never used them on a box. I use my belt/disc sander and hand sand after that.

    Corey

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    Quote Originally Posted by rufflyrustic View Post

    Personally, what benefits does the 6" give you that the 5" can't?
    Well, the only reason I am pondering this is that Festool's 6" sanders are a bit smoother and have a bit less vibration than the 5". However, the 5" is what I am used to and I wonder if the 6" sander would be too large/heavy for the type of woodworking I do. Thus the dilemma.

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    very good point!

    are you able to try out the 6"?

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    You seem to use the ROS without no problems in your box making and you do make some larger items. Seems like the 5 inch would be enough . Wendy is on the right track though I think..... try the 6 out if you can. If your option is the web only (like me) that might now be an option though.

    Corey

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    Thanks everyone for all the help. My wife and I went down to Woodcraft yesterday afternoon and did side by side comparisons of Festool's 5" vs. 6" sanders - both ROS and Rotex. That 6" Rotex is indeed of significant size. After using a 5" ROS for a good while, even the 150/3 seemed quite large to me - at least considering my style of woodworking. In the end, we walked out of the store with both the 5" ROS and the 5" Rotex.

    Thanks again for the input.

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    Enjoy them Molerman! I would like to take your wife tool shopping with me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by molarman View Post
    My wife and I went down to Woodcraft yesterday afternoon and ... we walked out of the store with both the 5" ROS and the 5" Rotex.
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    What a lucky sod!!!

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    Saturday it was the Festool 5" Rotex. Today I pre-ordered the DF 500 Domino and the CT22 dust extractor.

    Is this the slippery slope everyone talks about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by molarman View Post
    Saturday it was the Festool 5" Rotex. Today I pre-ordered the DF 500 Domino and the CT22 dust extractor.

    Is this the slippery slope everyone talks about?

    yep! and mine led to a SawStop before it Stopped.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bwillie View Post
    yep! and mine led to a SawStop before it Stopped.

    You went in the wrong order. I got my SS first (early Dec.)

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