Bosch ROS65VC 6″ Random Orbital Sander Review
The Bosch ROS65Vc is a powerful 6″ sanding system with variable speed control and variable angle of attack (AoA) control. Its design was inspired by the popular Bosch ROLF model 6500 series.
It features a high precision motor controller which provides precise speed control and angle of attack adjustment. The motor controller has two speeds: low speed for fine work and high speed for coarse work. Low speed allows the user to perform finer operations at lower speeds while higher speed enables faster operation at higher speeds.
The Bosch ROS65VC has three different settings: low, medium and high. Each setting offers a different level of performance and flexibility.
Low Speed – For fine work. High Speed – For coarse work. Medium Speed – For most general purpose tasks such as sanding, buffing, polishing and finishing.
The Bosch ROS65VC is available in three models: ROS65VC-L, ROS65VC-M and ROS65VC-H. Each model is identical, except for the type of attachments and discs that can be used.
The ROS65VC-L is a flexible sander with a long neck that offers the ability to sand in areas that are at a higher level than the sander. It can also be difficult to use in tight spots or under cabinets where the sander’s nose can’t reach. The ROS65VC-M is a flexible sander with a mid-length neck. It’s a happy medium between the long and short neck models.
The short neck model (ROS65VC-H) can be used in tight areas and is easier to maneuver in general than the longer models.
The Bosch ROS65VC is equipped with a 6.5 amp motor that runs at 11,000 OPM and offers a variable speed range of 800-11,000 OPM. It’s small, lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand. It has a soft, over-molded grip for comfort and is available in both right and left-handed configurations.
It’s capable of a variety of applications including: sanding, grinding, polishing and buffing. It comes with two 6″ hook and loop Velcro backed discs (coarse and fine) as well as an aluminum backing plate. Extra discs are available. There is also a sander pad adapter that can be used with other manufacturer’s 6.5″ discs.
The user can easily change the sanding discs and the backing plate by using the lock-unlock button on the top of the sander. There is no need to touch the disc or the plate while changing them, eliminating exposure to possible contaminants, and keeping the sandpaper from getting jammed or damaged.
The ROS65VC has an integrated vacuum system which collects 99% of the dust created while sanding. The small micron bag filter attaches to your shop vacuum and can be locked into place with the push of a button. The filter bag should be replaced when it gets clogged, which will occur after the collection bag is full.
The Bosch ROS65VC retails for around $200 and the replacement discs retail for around $30 for a pack of 5.
PROS: Powerful 6.5 Amp motor
Integrated vacuum system with lock-unlock button to change attachments
Two different length sanding bars for more versatility
CONS: The integrated vacuum system can clog easily if debris is sucked up off of the sanding surface and into the filter bag. Make sure to unclog the filter bag from time to time.
3. Festool 572666 RO125 SX Palm Grip Random Orbital Sander with Quick Change 6.5mm Dust Extractor
The Festool 572666 is a palm grip sander that has a unique dust collection system.
It’s a small and lightweight sander that can be used for a variety of applications. It has an integrated dust collection system that is easy to use and keep clean.
The 6.5mm dust collection nozzle snaps on and off with the push of a button, allowing for both hand-held operation as well as stationary use with a vacuum or blower.
The 572666 has a 3.6 amp motor that runs at 11,000 OPM and offers a speed range of 600-11,000 OPM. It’s ergonomic design is comfortable to use and easy to control for sanding or grinding applications.
It has an interchangeable pad system with five different backing pads and two different abrasive discs that allow the sander to be used for a wide range of applications including sanding, grinding, and polishing.
It is important to note that only Festool sanding pads and discs should be used with this sander.
The Festool 572666 has an integrated safety switch that turns the tool off when you release your grip, preventing any accidents. It comes with a standard 3M rubber pad for general purpose sanding, a super-quick lock on/off dust extraction nozzle, two different grain dust extraction discs (fine and coarse), one 6.5mm fine dust extraction pad, one 6.5mm coarse dust extraction pad, one polishing cloth, and a carrying case.
The Festool 572666 retails for around $190 and replacement pads are available in sets of 5 for around $30.
PROS: Powerful 3.6 AMP motor
Ergonomic design for a comfortable and secure grip
Quick change dust extraction nozzle for hand held or stationary use
Three different interchangeable backing pads and two different abrasive discs provide versatility to tackle any sanding, grinding, or polishing job
CONS: Only Festool brand sanding pads and discs should be used with this sander.
4. Makita 9403 3.
3 Amp 4-1/2-Inch Motordrive Rotary Sander
The Makita 9403 is a 4.5 inch random orbital sander with a 3.3 AMP motor and an OPM of 11,000. It’s ergonomic design makes it easy to control and the rubber grip provides extra comfort and added stability.
It has a vibration dampening system that helps to reduce fatigue and provides a more comfortable sanding experience.
The 9403 comes with three different types of pads for sanding, polishing, and scraping applications. The 9403’s hook and loop fastened pad allows for easy changing of the sandpaper and quick adjustments to the paper grade. Furthermore, the 9403 comes with both a fine finishing paper and a medium grit paper for standard sanding jobs.
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