Random Orbit Sanders are woodshop standards around the world. The random orbit means that the grit doesn’t make a noticeable “pattern” in the surface of your woodworking project. If you’re shopping for a new one – or your first one – this article gives you insight into which brands are most popular with woodworkers.
I counted up random orbital sander recommendations from 5 forums: Woodnet, SawmillCreek, LumberJocks, WoodWorkForums (Oz) and Contractor Talk. Without further ado, here are the top 5 most popular random orbit sanders:
1) Bosch: 20 Votes
The Bosch is the go-to standard for ROS. You won’t go wrong with the Bosch, though it’s definitely not the cheapest ROS available… Bosch was popular across ALL the forums.
Bosch 1295 ROS Owners Opinions (SawmillCreek)
2) Festool: 19 Votes
Festools are expensive. Festool users love Festool so much they should be called cult members. It seemed like there were the most Festool fans in SawmillCreek.
Festool 150/5 random orbit sander review (SawmillCreek)
3) Porter-Cable: 12 Votes
Straight forward and steady, the Porter-Cable ROS seemed most popular with contractors. There were no raving PC fans… but then again they’re not the “raving” type ;)
4) Makita: 9 Votes
Another solid contender, the Makita is a popular less expensive option.
5 – tie) Dewalt: 7 Votes
Everyone with a Dewalt ROS seemed to really like it. A strong choice that will last a long time.
5 – tie) Metabo: 7 Votes
Metabos seemed most popular “down under.” A solid mid-priced ROS.
Ridgid Random Orbit Sander: 4 Votes
Dynabrade: 2 Votes
(pneumatic air powered sanders)
Ryobi: 1 Vote
Forum Threads Cited:
Random Orbit Sander- Is there consensus on top 2 or 3? (WoodNet)
ROS Suggestions (SawmillCreek)
Random Orbital Sander? (LumberJocks)
Whats the best random orbit sander in your opinion (WoodWorkForums)
Which sander? (ContractorTalk)