|Item Weight||3.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9 x 5 x 6 inches|
|Item model number||ROS20VSC|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Style||Sander with Soft Carrying Bag|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number of Handles||1|
|Included Components||(1) Soft Backing Pad, (1) Sanding Disc, (1) Vacuum Hose Adapter, (1) Contractor Bag|
|Warranty Description||30 day money back guarentee, 1 year manufactuer warranty|
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Bosch ROS20VSC Palm Sander - 2.5 Amp 5 in. Corded Variable Speed Random Orbital Sander/Polisher Kit with Dust Collector and Soft Carrying Bag, Blue
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||9 x 5 x 6 inches|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Item Weight||3.5 Pounds|
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- Smooth Finish: Pad dampening system designed to eliminate swirl marks on both flat and contoured surfaces
- Easy Disc attachment: Through Bosch's signature Hook and Loop disc attachment system, sanding pads stick to the hand sander, acting like a Velcro adhesion material
- Variable speed Control: Powerful 2.5 AMP motor allows speed to work piece and task matching with ease
- Dust collection: Features a micro filter system for fine dust and trapping particles as small as a 1/2 micron in diameter. Durable and compact, the dust canister shows dust level and easily detaches for mess free tasks
- Kit contents: Includes sanding pad, sanding disc, dampening ring, dust canister, vacuum adapter and carrying case
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ROS20VSC 5-Inch Random Orbit Sander/Polisher Kit
The Bosch ROS20VSC 5-inch Random Orbit Sander/Polisher furnishes an optimized combination of pad orbit and rotation that delivers fast removal and a well-blended, ultra-smooth finish. This tool is designed to allow carpenters and cabinet makers to complete their tasks quickly and to exacting standards, without swirl marks. This sander allows users to find the perfect speed for whatever task they need to complete, with an optimal on-board system for filtering fine dust.
(1) ROS20VSC 5-inch Random Orbit Sander, (1) Soft Backing Pad, (1) Sanding Disc, (1) Vacuum Hose Adapter, (1) Contractor Bag.
- Amperage: 2.5
- Cord Length: 8 Feet
- Disc Size: 5 inches
- Net Tool Weight: 3.5 lbs.
- No Load OPM: 7,500-12,000
- Voltage: 120-Volts
Built to Erase Swirl Marks
The Bosch ROS20VSC is designed to eliminate the most common complaint of random orbit sander users, swirl marks on the work piece. It features an integral pad dampening system that helps prevent swirl marks. The tool features Bosch’s signature HookTight hook-and-loop disc attachment. This attachment has over 35,000 long-life hooks that will ensure firm grip of the disc during use. Additionally, the microcellular backing pad is pliable to ensure a smooth, fine finish on both flat and contoured surfaces alike.
Right Speed for the Task
This random orbit sander/polisher includes variable-speed control, so users can demand the exactly right speed for each individual task. The speed is adjustable from between 7,500 and 12,000 opm, with a single speed of 12,000 opm, so operators can dial up or down. The orbit diameter is 3/64-inch, and the tool weighs in at only 3.5 pounds, furnishing remarkable sanding effectiveness in a tool that is straightforward and easy to deal with.
Comfort Comes First
The Bosch ROS20VSC features a comfortable soft-grip top and body in its design, which allows the user to have multiple grip positions. Thanks to this feature, the days of user fatigue and discomfort from a single grip are gone. In addition, this sander produces a low-vibration operation for extended periods of use. Constant response circuitry maintains constant speed under load.
This tool has a built in microfilter system that traps particles as small as 1/2 micron in diameter. The microfilter dust canister curtails dust spillback into the sander. This ensures that users aren’t breathing in too much dust on the job. The compact dust canister simply twists off, making the dust level visible and incredibly easy to detach when necessary. The sander is compatible with standard 1-1/4-inch and 1-1/2-inch vacuum hoses or any Bosch vacuum cleaner hose, and it features a dust-sealed switch.
(Conditions apply. For warranty information and money back guarantee, kindly contact customer care/website for further information).
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|Included Components||(1) Soft Backing Pad, (1) Sanding Disc, (1) Vacuum Hose Adapter, (1) Contractor Bag||▲TACKLIFE PRS01A Random Orbit Sander - 1 set; ▲80 Grits Sandpapers - 6 pieces; ▲180 Grits Sandpapers - 6 pieces; ▲Dust Collection Container - 1 set; ▲User Manual;||Woodworking, Random Orbit Sanders, Power Random Orbit Sanders||Random Orbital Sander, 1pc Dust Box, 3pcs Sanding Sheet||—||CMEW231 Random Orbit Sander, Dust Bag, Sample Sand Paper|
|Item Dimensions||9.00 x 5.00 x 6.00 inches||10.10 x 6.60 x 4.90 inches||10.00 x 9.00 x 3.00 inches||7.87 x 4.80 x 5.51 inches||10.80 x 4.80 x 6.00 inches||10.13 x 5.50 x 5.75 inches|
|Power Source||Corded Electric||Corded Electric||Corded Electric||—||Corded Electric||Corded Electric|
The Bosch ROS20VSC 5" Random Orbit Sander/Polisher furnishes an optimized combination of pad orbit and rotation that delivers fast removal and a well blended, ultra smooth finish. This tool is designed to allow finish carpenters and cabinet makers to Complete their tasks quickly and to exacting standards, without swirl marks. This sander allows users to find the perfect Speed for whatever task they need to Complete, with an optimal on board system for filtering fine dust.
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So, when asking on a forum about what to get to replace my old Porter Cable Random Orbit Sander, a lot of people suggested one from Bosch. I have a belt sander by them, and it works great, so I thought I'd try this one out. To start with, I'll say that many people suggested their next one up from this one (in the $100-200 range), but since I'm a hobbyist and I like to be frugal, I tried this one out despite a few negative reviews (more on this below). I initially had some problems with the sanding pad, and it took a few weeks to get it resolved, so I'll talk about that first.
When it came, the first thing I did was check the flatness of the sanding pad, as that seemed to be a fairly common complaint among the lower scored reviews on here. I was disappointed to see that it was somewhat cupped when placing a straightedge to it (see pics). Although I also got a soft interface pad for polishing up finishes (in conjunction with Micro Mesh disks), this cupping did make a big difference when just using the backing pad on the sander without the interface pad. It left a ring, and although moving it around helped even out the sanding action, sometimes you have to focus on a smaller spot and can't move it quite as much. The cupping and resulting flared edges of the pad made the sander start to dig into the surface more than I'd like for this type of sander, and this was on the finest setting (6)!
Needless to say, I contacted Bosch. The representative was VERY prompt and helpful, especially considering I got it around the holidays of 2017. They sent out a replacement pad free of charge, and when I got it, I tested it with a straightedge like before. This one was cupped as well (see pics). This time, I didn't hesitate to send a picture with it and ask if this was somehow a normal thing for these pads. The same rep responded and sent it to some people in a different department. They checked some of the pads and the representative got back to me saying that they found some other of the same pads that were cupped, and they sent out a different but equally usable pad for this sander and confirmed with me that it was flat.
When I got the new pad, I checked it and it was definitely flatter than the first two, but still had a slight cup at spots. When I put it on the sander, though, unlike the pad that was already on there when I first got it, this new pad was perfectly flat when screwed onto the sander, so that problem was solved (once again, see pics). I tested for the reverse effect on the pad the sander came with when I took it off the sander, and it was more cupped at that point. Anyway, Bosch's customer service gets a big thumbs up from me!
The sander now leaves a nice even surface with seemingly no swirl or scratch marks. I've only tried it with 220 and 320 grit paper as well as with the fine Micro Mesh disks (1500 to 12000 grit), but I'm sure it will do fine with pre-finishing grits as well. I've only tried it for significant periods of time on the two finest settings (5 and 6), so I might have to update the review if I do try the lower ones.
Just a couple of minor gripes beyond having to wait a few weeks total for the pad problem to get resolved...some of the negative reviews also said that this sander was hard to control. I do notice that if I apply even a little bit of downward pressure, it starts to erratically move about the surface. When I just let the weight and sanding action of the sander do the job, this lessens up to a more than manageable amount at worst. Also, the dust collection chamber is a bit finicky to get off. It does stay secure, but this proves to be a bit of a hassle when getting it off. You have to rotate it back and forth slightly while pulling to get it off.
Bottom line, if you're a hobbyist like myself and time is not of the essence, this sander is a solid one. However, as much as the product works well and Bosch's customer service (at least for me) was top notch, the quality control on the pads seems spotty at best, and that could prove to be an issue if you're a professional and depend on the product being perfect right when you get it. In that case, I'd recommend going with one of Bosch's more expensive ones. And if a Bosch rep read this, please tighten the standards for the standard sanding pads on this sander.
UPDATED INFO: In the past few days, I noticed the sander was running WAY too quickly at no-load speed and when I put it on a surface, it spins WAY too slowly and leaves tiny swirl marks on the surface similar to what you'd get with a sheet sander. I read in the owner's manual that it's the dampener ring that is failing if this happens, so that's one thing. Also, when I put the sanding pad back on after cleaning the underside of the dampening ring (to no avail), I noticed the pad was now cupped kinda like the previous ones I mentioned earlier in this review (see newest picture). Here's the thing...my old Porter Cable sander went for YEARS without having these issues, and that one came with my router for FREE! I've only had this one for just over two months, used it decently for one month of that, and then encountered these issues. I e-mailed Bosch and they offered to have me ship it back to them (they'd pay for it), and while I told them I'd be glad to send it back for purposes of them inspecting and learning from the issues present with the sander, I said I'm no longer interested in it. Not sure if mine's just a dud or what, but I'm honestly VERY shocked at how short lived this thing's performance was. When asking about maybe getting some credit towards one of their better ones, Bosch said it'd be dependent on where I bought my next sander from (due to the decision being left to the manager of that place), so now I might be out $70 or so because the quality control is so poor on this sander. I take back what I said before...it's good to be frugal, but sometimes if you try too hard it can leave you in a worse place than if you had just spent a bit more up front. I DO NOT, under any circumstances, recommend this sander. Again, maybe mine was just a dud, but it's not a very good first impression of this sander, and I will not try it out again. Be careful about buying lower-priced stuff, even if it's from a reputable brand such as Bosch!
As for this Bosch sander...
Well... I will be the first to admit that I rolled my eyes at the whole micro-filtration dust collection before giving this sander its initial spin. I figured it was a waste of time, but what the heck I'd see how it worked. Suffice it to say, I quickly became a believer! What I passed off as a cheesy sales gimmick by Bosch left me absolutely speechless! I used this bad boy to refinish a bar top and I'll be damned if the dust collection was absolutely out-of-this-world! Bosch has got an amazing thing going with that micro-filter! It REALLY did the job! Not only did it drastically cut down on the dust, but the sander did an AMAZING job at refinishing the top! I'm going to say it easily matched my Makita in terms of sanding performance, ran smoother, and did it at about 2/3rd's the price of a similar Makita.
This sander is absolute win in my book!
This is my first ROS, so I wasn't to sure that mine was even working properly when I first got it. It was working fine, but I was let down with how little power it had to spin. I associated spinning with removing material, something a sheet sander lacks both qualities, so I wasn't sure how this was going to be much better.
Somehow it manages to removes more material than my sheet sander even when it's not spinning. So I guess it just has a bigger range of vibratory motion. I do wish it had some kind of override that would make it spin with force, it would make remove material much easier. But it generally does remove material fast enough for me. Again, can't really complain.
The dust collection works surprisingly well, but it needs to be cleaned out far too often for my liking. It stops becoming useful after a little more than 2 or 3 minutes of sanding, super annoying to stop and remove the filter. The filter is also kinda a pain to clean, it's not the quickest. Because it's filled with ultra fine dust, I generally clean it outside, taking even more time.
All in all, I really like it. I thought the variable speed would be good, but I end up using max speed all the time. I thought the slower speed would be helpful for fine sanding, but it tends to just remove sanding control, and bounce around. Not a big deal, but I haven't found a use for the slower speeds
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I purchased this prior to Christmas when the price was right and after having read reviews on amazon.com. This is where my journey began.
I put the sander to some use sanding some pine with 120 grit (Bosch) sandpaper. It seemed to work okay, but I noticed swirl marks in the wood and with barely any pressure the motor almost seemed to stall (speed setting 4) at times. I looked at the sanding pad and only the exterior of the pad was doing any sanding. After holding up a straight edge to the bottom of the sander I found out why. The pad had a large cup in it. Pushing harder on the sander made no difference.
I contacted amazon and they promptly sent a replacement.
When I received the second sander I checked out the bottom. It too had a cup, but less so. After sanding with it for a little while the motor did not have the same problems as the first. This one maintained had noticeably more power (comparing same speed setting) and maintained its speed, but had a unusual sound to it like a bearing was bad.
At this point I didn't want to fool around trying to get replacements from amazon. Fed up I went to my nearest Lowes which carried the same model sander and checked the bottom. All orbital sanders on the shelf had a flat bottom except the Bosch. What good is a 5" sander if you only use a very small portion of the pad? You end up with uneven pad wear and swirl marks in the wood. Not to mention all the problems they seem to have with the motor. My advice is to put your money to a different orbital sander.
The second sander will be going back to.
- dust collection was excellent
- comfortable grip
- variable speed
- quality cord
- nice case
- high defect rate
- dust canister can be hard to open and close
- case is overly bulky
Edit (15/1/2015): I called Bosch as was recommended by the Lowes HW employee who said their customer service is great. I was immediately connected with a person who confirmed cupping of the pad was not normal. I didn't ask about any of the other issues as I'll just hold onto the unit with the better motor (I've still got the 2 right now). He's sending a new pad as a "good will gesture" which hopefully resolves the problem. I'm going to hold onto the a unit until then so I can test out the new pad before making my final decision.
Amazon customer service is also superb as usual. I spoke over the chat, as my preference is to speak with someone regarding the issue, and they were quick to issue a return slip. I feel bad returning things to Amazon due to the shipping (which is why I went to Lowes to compare sanders), so hopefully this new pad solves the problem and I don't have to return the second sander.
Edit (20/1/2015): I received the replacement pad and it's cupped worse than the others. I called Bosch again and they said they're aware of the problems but are unable to guarantee I receive the correct one. Because I'm in Canada the pad comes from the warehouse in Canada. She could only guarantee a non-defective pad if it came from their main warehouse in the US. She's having another one sent in hopes that it corrects the problem.
Edit (23/1/2015): I received the second replacement pad and this one is actually flat. The part number is the same as the others but the construction is noticeably different. The foam is quite a bit softer and the velcro also seems different/more grabby. With the new pad the sander sands more evenly. I'm keeping the sander as it appears to be the best in its price range (when you get a non-defective one) and I can't justify spending another $150+ for a professional grade one.
This sander is a pleasure to use. It works like an extension of my hand turning sanding into an enjoyable experience. Controls are well placed and easy to access. The dust collection works well but as in all sanders it does allow some fine dust to swirl around but in no way excessive or an issue. A vac would be the ticket if you are sanding inside a finished space.
It still left a lot of dust on the surface, but not in the air.
I then hooked it up with the vacuum attachment and there was almost no dust at all.
I also noticed that the sandpaper didn't load up very much with the vacuum.
I like the case as it has a pad alignment tool built in as well as places for extra parts. It's also very solid.
I'd recommend it over the soft carry case.
- VARIABLE SPEED! Trust me, this is wonderful if you take your sanding jobs seriously, and do not like picking melted paint off otherwise new discs...
- very little vibration
- the dust collector actually works!
- I bought other sanding pads and there are various firmness backing pads available for this sander. This is very useful if you either prefer, perfectly flat, or perfectly smooth jobs.
I wish they made a sander like this, that could get into corners and other tight spaces. I have other tools for this, but they are just not as well made.
Once you try a variable speed sander, you will not want to go back to the always-high-speed alternatives, and once you try a Bosch, you will be spoiled for most other companies that are in this price range.
I would buy this again. Though I doubt I will wear this one out anytime soon.
The variable speed is nice to have, and you can get various replacement pads for not too much money. My last sander died because the velcro could no longer hold onto the disc even though everything else is fine, and they don't sell any replacement pads.