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NDRiley

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Morning all, my ROS requires replacement. I currently have a makita bo5041 (125mm dia) which has provided good service for c.8 years. It’s been decent if unremarkable. Main bug bear is the ridiculously short cable.

Any recommendations on a replacement/upgrade? Budget is £200 max. I don’t want cordless.

Many thanks
 

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I have the metabo 6" and very happy with it. It is built like a tank. Coupled with abranet discs I have been extremely pleased with the results.

Although i haven't used mirka sander, I have heard that it is comparable to that except the mirka has fewer vibrations and the ergonomics are better. I can't verify this fact, so don't quote me on it :p

My metabo cost £125 or something over a year ago
 

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There was a Mirka sander on fleabay for £150, don't remember whether it was a 5 inch or a 6 inch version.
 

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Just to let you know, the cable length is quite generous on metabo.
 

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another +1 for the metabo. As well as being a good length, it is nice cable too. flexible stuff!
 

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I’ve got 2 DeWalts. For the money, they’re great. I’d love a Mirka if I had deep enough pockets though!
 

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Another happy Metabo owner, had it a number of years after recommendations here, I use it mostly with abranet disks and hooked up to a shop vac with power take off, will be using it today as it happens.

Whatever you buy, if you don't already know, it's worth getting some pad savers.
 

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Thanks very much everyone for your helpful suggestions - really appreciated.

I’ve decided to go for the Metabo but no doubt the dewalt would have been good too. I’ve also ordered some pad savers and abranet- all turning up tomorrow so Christmas has come early for me! Happy sanding.
 

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If you can increase your budget slightly the Bosch GET 55 - a Rotex for half the price.
 

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Thanks again to those who recommended the Metabo ROS. I received mine last week and have used it today properly for the first time. Really pleased with useability and the result. It's also been a bit of a revalation in that the cable is usefully long AND my exatractor plugs straight into the dust port without the need for adaptors, jubilee clips or duct tape!
 

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I have 2 Metabo ROS , One word of advice when you remove the velcro sanding dosc , Don't just pull / yank it off or after time you will pull the sponge pad off the macine , Make sure you hold the spunge backing pad part then peel of the used disc , Don't ask me how I know this :rolleyes:
 

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I have 2 Metabo ROS , One word of advice when you remove the velcro sanding dosc , Don't just pull / yank it off or after time you will pull the sponge pad off the macine , Make sure you hold the spunge backing pad part then peel of the used disc , Don't ask me how I know this :rolleyes:
Ha! Thanks for the tip Blister.
 

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