Bosch 6" Random-Orbit Sander #ROS65VC-6

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.8
out of 5
Brand:
Bosch
Model:
ROS65VC-6
Price:
$240

Description

• Vibration Control - Bosch-exclusive suspension system minimizes vibration for superior handling and maximum comfort.
• Two dust collection systems - Microfilter Dust Canister with integrated paper filter and screw-off cap or vacuum hose connection with airflow control.
• Power 3.3-Amp Sander with variable speed dial - To match speed to workpiece and task.
• Sanding Versatility - For fast stock removal and/or a smooth, well-blended finish.
• Integral Pad Dampening System - Helps prevent swirl marks for consistent fine finish
• Accepts 6"/ backing pads (6-hole) and 5" backing pads (8-hole).
• High-performance Soft Microcellular Hook-&-Loop Backing Pad - Conforms to many contours.
• Multiple Ergonomic Soft-Grip Locations - To help prevent hand fatigue.
• Rugged Die-cast Aluminum Gear Housing with exclusive dual-bearing pad mount — Long-life design eliminates wobble and vibration
• Trigger switch with lock-on button - For ease of use.

• Amperage 3.3
• Eccentric Offset 5/64" (2mm)
• Height 7-3/4''
• Length 6.6 in.
• Length w/Canister 16 in
• Length w/o Canister 10-5⁄64 in.
• Made in Switzerland
• No Load OPM 5500-12,000
• Orbit Radius 3/32" (2 mm)
• Speed Range 4000 - 8000 OPM
• Vibration Level

WOOD magazine review

Aggressive & fine-finishing with superior dust collection

Review Summary

Bosch’s new line of random-orbit sanders is billed as anti-vibration sanders, with the motor “shell” resting on 8 foam pads attached to the motor and base. Aggressiveness: The Bosch was the most aggressive in our test of 6" sanders. Finish quality: Just because it’s aggressive, though, don’t rule out the Bosch for quality of finish, because it essentially tied all models (except Festool's ETS150-3) for second place, needing to sand to 220 grit to remove scratches and swirl marks.
More than reasonable. Dust collection: This sander has the same 1” ribbed port that the Festool has, so it fits nicely to a pretty common vacuum hose size. But its plastic canister with contained pleated paper filter inside did such a great job gobbling up dust you might not need to worry about a vacuum. It was by far the best at collecting dust with the standard attachment. And it was also easiest to empty—just unscrew the end and the filter slides out. It also comes with an adaptor to help it fit different size vacuum hoses. Vibration/Comfort: It’s not completely vibration-free, but it’s close. Bosch has done a good job of reducing the vast majority of the annoying vibration that was common with their previous generations of sanders. It looks top-heavy, but turns out to be well-balanced and easy to use without it wanting to get away from you. It has a nice top grip we could use without it seeming cumbersome, but grabbing it by the body was really not practical because it’s so thick and the front-mounted short handle blocks access. We found ourselves using it two-handed most of the time without even realizing it—a compliment, because it wasn’t wearisome. It’s odd, but the Bosch ramps up in speed when you lift it off the wood. It never flung off a disc or caused any problems, but it’s definitely noticeable. Other factors: Bosch also sells this sander with a 5” sanding pad in addition to the 6, so you can use either, depending on the situation. It’s no trouble to change pads: one screw in the center and the tool is included in the box. And when using it in 5” mode we expected it to be more top-heavy and unbalanced, but it was surprisingly easy to use. It has the longest cord in the test at 12’.

Detailed Ratings

5.0
out of 5

Performance

5

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

3727 Big Brother.

Review Summary

I have had this sander for about 10 days. I am still getting use to it. It is bigger than the 3727 that I have used before. I like the way it handles even with the size. I have not had to do any vertical sanding with it yet. The size might become an issue then. I will say that it does vibrate a little at low RPMs. If you increase the speed it seems to level out. The dust canister is the best I have seen yet.
It is not perfect in that there is still dust on the peace and it the air after sanding. I did switch to the vacuum and it is an excellent combination. As far as the sanding quality. I have to say that it does have a great finish if you sand to 220. My biggest problem with the sander is not the sander it self but the option of a 5" disk. A warning to all that want to use both. I ordered the 6" sander and a 5" pad to go with it. I received the pad and found out that there is a specific pad used for this sander. I called Bosch and found out that the pad used in this sander is a model rs038 and not the normal rs031 or 32. It looks the same but will not work. This pad will not be available for a while. Something that is not specified in the ad. In all this sander is one of the best I have used as far as a ROS. I loved the 3727 and with a little time I thing this one will be a great upgrade. Just have to wait for the right part.

Detailed Ratings

4.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

5

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Tip of the Day

Find buried treasure while keeping your hands clean

Few things are as frustrating as watching a small metal part, such as an arbor nut or washer,... read more