Bosch 1295DVSK Orbital Sanders
The Bosch 1295DVSK is a great sander in so many ways. It delivers superior quality and durability without breaking the bank. One of the best features is the variable speed settings - a 2.2 amp motor ranges the sander from 7,000 to 12,000 RPM. This means you can dial up the power when you need to sand through a lot of material fast, and slow it down when adding the finishing touches to a project, like buffing between coats with a fine grit sandpaper. The 1295DVSK even handles hardwoods well (like maple, cherry or mahogany), and provided you use a low grit you will not have any trouble moving through these woods quickly. The nice thing about all of this power is that it is power under control. The 1295DVSK is not overly loud, nor does it vibrate too much. This, along with the lightweight and ergonomic soft grip design makes it very comfortable to use for long periods of time. Bosch makes the claim that this sander is 'swirl free', but it is probably best not to test this claim. Move this sander along your workpiece the same way you would with any other orbital sander and you will be very pleased with the results.
The dust collection unit supplied with this sander works fairly well, but like any palm sander, hooking up to a vacuum hose is the best option. A small vacuum hose adapter can be purchased separately, and is highly recommended. With the hose attached, this little guy sucks just about 100% of the dust it produces, along with some that it does not. Be careful though - the suction through the holes in the sanding pad (8 of them) is so good with a vacuum that it can latch the sander to your wood, making for ugly swirl marks. It is best to have a vacuum that you can dial down, or some other way of reducing suction, especially when doing fine sanding. New on this model is the Microfilter Dust Filtration system, which Bosch says will trap particles 60 times smaller than human hair. Sounds good, but it was hard to see a difference when using this machine.
Overall, the Bosch 1295DVSK stacks up well against it's competitors. It is priced well and provides durability and quality sanding. It is also so comfortable and easy to use that it makes woodworking projects the joy they were meant to be. We highly recommend this sander.
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