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Bosch Random Orbit Sander
2.7 from 45 reviews · View Statistics

Pros

  • Completes large jobs efficiently

  • Easy to control

  • Wide range of speed control

Cons

  • Can throw discs before they're worn out

  • Ineffective dust collection system

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Anastasios

AnastasiosGreater Melbourne (Metropolitan), VIC

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

Base plate stopped moving

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Bought sander, after some light use, the base plate stopped moving but the motor turns over. Opened up the sander and it was pretty clean inside, the bearing was clean and functional. Very disappointed in this machine, hardly used , $150 down the drain. I'm baffled to why the base plate doesn't move or freezes when about to sand when pressure is applied to it. Spent hours investigating it by opening it up, and even if I find the faulty part, the expense of fixing it is not worth it- better to buy another brand

Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse for $150.00.

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Monica

Monica

  • 2 reviews

Don’t buy this

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Almost from new the sander threw the Velcro sanding pads off the head well before the abrasive wears out. Don’t expect a new head to help you, the pads will soon throw again. I resorted to gluing the pad on, which worked for a while. Now the whole head comes loose no matter how tightly you do up the Allen screw. Not throwing good money after bad, I’m cutting my losses and throwing it out.

Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.

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Pete

PeteSydney, NSW

Throws discs

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Like other reviewers I purchased this sander understanding it was a middle of the range Option but reasonably good. After three fairly small jobs undertaken in line with manufacturers recommendations for speed etc it now throws discs within minutes of commencing a sanding and they cannot be reattached. It makes it an expensive task as the sanding surface has plenty of life left in it but the attaching face fails.

Spend the extra and buy a better brand. You’ll be ahead in the long run.

Purchased in February 2019 at Bunnings Warehouse for $188.00.

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Connie

ConnieSydney, NSW

Terrible Sander with a massive dust bag issue

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It’s a good Sander Absolutely but the dust bag comes off all the time!! And I am working in a workshop which means it’s super dusty!
It’s not acceptable at all! Very disappointed

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Jack

Jack

  • 3 reviews

USELESS PIECE OF JUNK.

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Purchased recently and used intermittently on very small jobs for fine work,I have other sheet sanders for large work,however when working with this thing{sander] the other day it just stopped working,I picked it up to start and no go,very unhappy with this as it was not cheap and has only lasted a short time on very light work,absolutely useless thing,thought Bosch was better than what I have paid for.

Purchased at Mitre 10 for $145.00.

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suen

suenSydney, NSW

  • 7 reviews
  • 4 likes

Throws discs, hard to empty

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Wish I'd read these reviews before I bought mine...
-Dust collection box is hard to remove and clean and sometimes pops off while you are sanding. ..and the o ring broke so I had to order another.
-The biggest problem is that it's been throwing discs since I bought it and now they don't adhere at all - this seems to be a common issue
-I'm ordering another backing plate now and will see whether this fixes it.
-If not then I will provide another update here and will never buy another Bosch power tool again. This one has major design flaws. Just goes to show that paying a premium doesn't automatically get you quality.

Purchased at Bunnings Warehouse.

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Jim

JimVenus Bay

  • 3 reviews

Dont waste your money

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Had one of these for a short time, the thing started to vibrate, i couldnt work out what the problem was, turned out the single bolt that holds the sanding pad onto the sander had worked itself loose and as the surround of the base pad is plastic and the cog it attaches to is metal the metal destroyed the pad fitting rendering it useless. This was just out of warranty and Bosch were not interested in helping out in any way. Even though this is a design fault and not a wear and tear issue.The replacement pads are around $45 not cheap if the sander keeps destroying them.
No more Bosch fo me thanks.

Date PurchasedApr 2017
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Chris4747

Chris4747SYDNEY

  • 11 reviews
  • 5 likes

Throws pads after a while

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Brought two to renovate the inside of the house. Both throw pads now after working for approx 12 hours. Do not buy useless. The basic function of a sander is to sand this doesn't do that one the pad loses ability to hold pads. Would not buy this type of sander again

Date PurchasedJan 2014
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TinHead

TinHeadAdelaide

  • 7 reviews
  • 9 likes

Poorly designed product. Avoid.

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jd

jdcessnock

  • 5 reviews

sorry i bought it

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Bosch bullbleep

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As with most companys these days-they sell before they proof test.
So - I have the disc problem as well.replacement is too costly. the motor and all works, so will continue to badmouth the company to all who listen. Will do a stickon velcro and use till it dies - then not replace, Bosch has lost my good will ; I expect more from my suppliers.

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Squealing, rubbish bearings

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Won't hold sanding disks

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DO NOT BUT THE BOSCH PEX 400 AE. Any tool that costs over $150 should not be this sensitive. After using it for 3 months it throws all brand new disks immediately after application. Highly disappointing. The cost of replacement pads is prohibitive.

And also the design doesn't allow to attach it to a shop vac so be ready for dusty dusty as the microfilter is a bit of a gimmick.

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Didn't last 6 months!

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I have had this sander less than six months and I am already ready to scrap it. Like many other users have described, this sander keeps throwing pads. On top of this, the filter is useless. It catches some of the dust for a while, then releases it again in a cloud when you change the position you are sanding in.
This sander's lack of longevity is a surprise as I am not using it that regularly. I am a home handyman and only use it about once a fortnight/month. Even so it has lasted less than six months. What a piece of rubbish. I should have gone the Makita equivalent or even the Ozito as some other people have suggested.
Smooth operation.
Throws pads and emties the contents of the filter over the user.

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Throwing the sanding discs

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Questions & Answers

Gonzo

Gonzoasked

Random Orbit Sander GEX 125 AC Professional

Sander runs with no load but slows to a stop when placed on work??

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Gonzo

Gonzoasked

Random Orbit Sander GEX 125 AC Professional

Sander runs with no load but slows to a stop when placed on work??

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jae k.
jae k.

Yes I have had that sort of things happened before once after using 6~7months.
But I thought that happened my casual worker press too hard down.
So I just replaced.
It was under $100 not like $260 or even $700 like fesco?.
It is cost effective way.

Anastasios
Anastasios

Hello, I had the same issue, opened it up to check if the bearing was in working order but the bearing was fine. I couldn't figure out what was wrong with my sander, very disappointed since it was relatively new and not used too much. Check YouTube , it might help you. Cheers

Gonzo
Gonzo

Hi, shorted out speed controller and a lot better, but not perfect

Reuben W.

Reuben W.asked

Random Orbit Sander PEX 270 AE

Dust is not going into filter why?

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Bosch Random Orbit Sander

Details

Features:

  • The Bosch Random Orbit Sander has a 370W motor that gives it the power to deliver fine finishes on medium and large work surfaces.
  • It has variable speed control which lets you choose the perfect speed for the job you’re doing and the material you’re sanding.
  • The power tool has an ergonomic design that lets you work horizontally, vertically, and overhead, giving it the versatility needed for all kinds of jobs.
  • It can perform both sanding and polishing, both for flat and curved surfaces, so you can use the same tool throughout your whole restoration job.
  • It’s suitable for working on wood, plaster, painted, polished, and varnished surfaces.
  • The sander can go from 4,000 to 26,000 oscillations per minute.

What did reviewers think of the Bosch Random Orbit Sander?

Reviews were well and truly mixed about Bosch’s random orbital sander. Among the positive feedback, the sanding tool’s power output and variable speed control was praised, with reviewers saying that it helped them get medium to large-sized jobs done in a relatively short amount of time.

The sander’s stability was also appreciated, with reviewers noting that it was easy to control and reasonably lightweight.

A notable pain point among negative reviews had to do with the discs, with some reviewers staying that the sander threw them off the head well before they had worn out - this made using the tool inconvenient and costly for them.

Another pain point was that the dust collection system was ineffective - reviewers said it didn’t catch much dust, and frequently fell off the tool.

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