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Matt Kliethermes
May 13, 2015 - 11:08 am
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May 13, 2015 - 5:02 pm
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We have 3 different brand orbital sanders here at The Restoration Studio.  The Skil you mention is fine for light duty work. It’s reasonably priced but don’t expect it to last very long. We burned one up within two months but our sander liked it so we purchased him another and that one started giving us problems within a month.

We have a Bosch  Ros20vc and it’s fine, but for some reason I can’t explain of the three we have I grab it last.…..d=ROS20VSC


That leads us to what in my opinion is the best 5″ orbital sander on the market, a Dewalt DCF895M2 .  We use our sander hard, and I had one of these sanders well over 5 years using it every day in a professional refinishing shop. We finally burned it out and purchased a new one about 5 months ago. It feels good in your hand and it’s better balanced with a lower profile than the Skil.  You can’t go wrong with the Dewalt.…..6453k.aspx


All that being said, the Skil will do the job just fine if you don’t overuse it or expect it to last for years. It’s a fine sander for light duty use.  The pressure sensitive feature is somewhat worthless, but the lights are pretty Smile  The guy that did my sanding loved it, while I prefer the Dewalt. 


Hook & loop all the way Matt.  Adhesive backed doesn’t do well in a dusty environment. 


freddy abundiz
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May 14, 2015 - 12:38 pm
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I have a Skil 7492-02 and it has worked very well for what I use it for. I have only needed it on two small refinishing projects, so I can’t comment on it’s longevity, but so far so good.

November 6, 2015 - 4:48 pm
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Today I was forced to lay to rest yet another orbital sander.  When Matt asked this question almost 6 months ago, we had 4 sanders in the shop.  The first to go was our Skil, of which we had two.  Next was our Bosch that had very light use but succumbed to catastrophic brush failure. Our second Skil was being nursed along and had to be constantly disassembled and blown out with air  for it to work.  Today, she sanded her last board. I thanked her for her service, and chucked her into the trash.

So what about the 4th ?  Our Dewalt needs a new hook and loop pad. I wore out the original pad and have now worn out a replacement pad.  The sander itself is still going strong, so I am off to the hardware store to pick up another Dewalt orbital along with a replacement hook and loop pad. 

With two Dewalt sanders, I doubt we will have any problems for awhile.


I have zero affiliation with Dewalt or anyone selling Dewalt. I’m just a restorer passing on my real world unbiased experiences.


Cheers !!

Rod Keyser

September 25, 2016 - 8:19 am
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Almost 11 months after my last update, the Dewalt Orbitals are still going strong. We use em and abuse em and they don’t look pretty anymore but they keep on spinning.  Pretty amazing actually ! 

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