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09-08-2014 10:59 am

Another week, another sander. This week the Hitachi SV13YA random orbit sander makes an appearance on the Hingmy test bench. This one looks like the rest of them, except that it is green. Let take a look what the SV13YA can bring to the random orbit sander market, and if it should have a spot in your tool chest.

The Hitachi SV13YA Random Orbit Sander

The SV13YA is a 5" random orbit sander from Hitachi. It follows a generic desig


09-01-2014 2:26 pm

In the next couple of months I am going to work my way through a number of 5" random orbit sanders in preparation for an upcoming "Best Of" article. This week it is the Milwaukee 6021-21 random orbit sander's turn in the Hingmy workshop. Its specs and online reviews promise it to be a lot of sander for the money. Let's take a look, if the the 6021 deservers its reputation, or if it is just another attractive option that falls flat in the workshop.


07-28-2014 3:35 pm

This week the ROS20VS made an unscheduled appearance in my shop. The tool I wanted to review in its place arrived in broken condition. While that is unfortunate, it gives me chance to continue my quest to review every orbital sander on the market today. Let's take a look at what the ROS20VS brings to the 5" sander market, and figure out, if it is a good addition to your shop.

The Bosch ROS20VSK Orbital Sander

The ROS20VS is a ra


12-22-2013 2:54 pm
The Makita BO5041K caught my eye the instant I saw it. It looks like a compact random orbit sander with a couple of handles glued on. Since a lot of the work I do in my woodshop involves hours of sanding, I ordered a BO5041K for a test driver. Let's take a look at this novel design and find out if it makes the BO5041K a better compact sander.

The Makita BO5041K
The BO5041K is the top of the line 5 inch ...
11-27-2013 12:37 pm
Having almost completed our in-depth review of the leading palm sanders it is time to move on to a different category. The Porter Cable Model 382 kicks off our new series of random orbit sander reviews. This particular model comes with the distinction of being cheaper than most contenders in the field, while looking no different at first glance. Let's take a closer look at how the Model 382 random orbit sander performed in our shop.
Orbital Sander Guide

Porter Cable 382 Random Orbit SanderOverview

Orbital sanders create a scratch free finish by moving the sanding pad in a random pattern. They are best used for doing fine sanding passes.

Shopping Guide

The pad of a random orbit sander not only rotates, but also moves side to side slightly. The two motions combine to create a "random" pattern. This pattern eliminates deep scratches that can appear when using the other types of sanders in a single direction for too long.

Larger orbits and higher speeds increase the sanding speed of the sander. Disk size significantly increase the productivity of the tool, since the outer edges of the pad move significantly faster as the diameter increases.

Compared to Belt Sanders

Orbital sanders are not good at rapid stock removal. Use a belt sander for this feature.

Compared to Palm Sanders

Sanding performance falls of near the rim of the sanding disk due to imperfect downward pressure in that area. It is very difficult to sanding up to edges and into corners with an orbital sander and produce a consistent finish. The palm sander with its square sanding pad is the better choice of tool for this task.

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"Both powerful and durable. The soft stat, motor brake, and skirt around the pad add value. The 6021 is one of the best sanders at this price point."
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"A powerful, durable, and capable sander. Performs well all-around. Needlessly large and heavy. Hard to hold at times. Raw power without refinement."

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