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Re: Tools: First strip build - first question

I've a fondness for Bosch tools and am looking at both the JS470 http://amzn.to/2hF0rPa (about $150) and the JS572 http://amzn.to/2hFov4u (about a hundred bucks more)

Paul:
You are on the right track, IMO.
The first 'decent' jigsaw I ever used was a Bosch barrel grip in a woodworking class I tooK in the 1980s - 'night and day' difference between that one and the 'consumer' jigsaws I was using (Bosch green body, B&D, etc.). It took quite a few years to get my own, but I really like my Bosch - it's a model not made any more, with a barrel body (no D-handle) and a knob on top for the blade release. Heavier is better in jigsaws, and longer stroke length is better as well, and I prefer the barrel-type over the D-handle.

Also, while not willing to go the distance toward a $500 ROS, I am planning an upgrade to the Bosch Bosch 3725 based on an article on the CLC site ( http://www.clcboats.com/life-of-boats-blog/boat-builder-random-orbital-sander-roundup.html )

That's an interesting article. After using a 'cheap' (green body) Bosch, I bought a top-of-the line 'blue' Bosch ROS about 15 yrs ago (I've sold it and forget the model #) and never 'fell in love' with it. It was top-heavy and vibrated a lot, but the main problem I had with both the Bosch ROS was the high cost of new velcro pads and even the vacuum hose adapter. The situation may be different in the US, but I recall paying $100 for the vacuum adapter and hose and over $50 for a replacement velcro pad- and that was years ago. If you can get a sander that uses the more standard (3/16" ??) center threaded pads, it may be cheaper than finding the brand-specific pads that use 3 screws for mounting. Do you have a local Bosch dealer?
I'd price out 'the whole package' - ROS, spare velcro pads, vacuum attachment, and sanding disks - does your new sander use the same hole pattern as your existing stock of disks (5 or 8 hole), or can you get different hole pattern pads for your new sander? I'd also add to your list a vacuum start control (they aren't expensive) that will turn the vac on and off when you use the sander.

I was actually fairly happy with the cheap yellow DeWalt ROS - I had a couple- but haven't used them since I got the Mirka.

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