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  # 1709699 25-Jan-2017 23:28
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I have a previous model Ozito random orbital sander purchased for about $40. It is going strong after 10 years. It got much better once I replaced the hook pad with a Norton brand one. Which technically makes it a $52 sander.


 



I've found that the Ozito hook pad was more robust than oem Bosch & the Norton replacement. Using fairly coarse paper (60) the Ozito kept going until the bearing in the pad clogged up with dust.The Norton pad tended to break hooks off, then the disc would fly off as soon as you tried sanding a vertical surface. The model before the one shown was better at dust extraction as the exhaust was at the edge of the fan rather than in the middle. Ozito are now owned by German budget brand Einhell so you can't rely on past reputation (of lacķ of).

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  # 1709736 26-Jan-2017 07:51
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I'm currently painting and laying floor in my house.  I got to 3 sanding sheet changes (Diablo) before the hook and loop pad on the Ozito broke down.  Returned it, and got through another 4-5 before it broke down again.  Got a refund and have been happily using the Ryobi replacement since then.

 

 

 

I don't think there's any harm in trying them especially since others seem to have had success with them, and the return process was hassle free (Bunnings).  Just keep the receipt :)


 
 
 
 




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  # 1710642 27-Jan-2017 12:30
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So I picked up the $44 sander from Bunning's yesterday had a quick try with it. I was hoping for a bit more removal of material with the 80 grit sandpaper.  It came with a 3 replacement warranty so it was worth a punt. Also the power switch is a bit finicky turning it on and off.






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  # 1710690 27-Jan-2017 14:53
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Are you shaping or sanding? If sanding something already relatively smooth (like your cabinet?), you'll take more off using about 120 grit.

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  # 1710735 27-Jan-2017 16:19
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Check Product Reviews (Aus) and see how they rate there. I've got an Ozito heat gun that cost about a third less than any other heat gun (except for Warehouse rebranded no-name's) and had things that the much more expensive brand names didn't, specifically a flat base so you could stand it upright and rounded heat deflectors for heatshrink tubing, which is what I use it for. Never tried paint-stripping with it, but then I didn't but if for that.

 

 

Same with my Ozito jigsaw, which I also bought based on feedback on ProductReviews, it has the features of jigsaws 2-3x the price and works just fine. Bunnings do returns no questions asked if there's a problem, and in any case I can buy several of them for the price of a Bosch (a friend of mine has a Bosch, he's jealous of the Ozito). Blades are Black and Decker from Amazon for a fraction of the local price (again based on reviews on Amazon), and a bunch of Chinese diamond-grit ones for fibrolite. Those ones never last long, but at a dollar or so each it doesn't really matter since you get a bag full of them at once, and I don't cut that much of the stuff anyway.

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  # 1710738 27-Jan-2017 16:29
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Ozito are now owned by German budget brand Einhell so you can't rely on past reputation (of lacķ of).

 

 

Oh, I didn't know Ozito was an actual brand, I thought it was just Bunnings' OEM label. Einhell are pretty good for the price, I've got one of their LiIon drills that I use a fair bit, it's well thought-out and decent quality. I pulled the charger apart out of curiosity and it's got a proper charger circuit, not just trickle-current-into-the-battery like way too many others:

 

 

 

 

The battery itself has built-in smarts to report its current charge state via an LED display, and to the charger.

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  # 1710750 27-Jan-2017 16:55
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Hmm, phone seemed to eat my reply.

 

You might find you can yse your charger/battery on the power xchange ozito tools since they are a re-brand rather than anything specific for bunnings. Ive not tested it but read on another forum that the ozito and some other genericy brand are the same. If I wasnt so invested in ryobi one+ tools and batteries I would have got some for the blower and a couple of other things that may be handy.





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  # 1712687 30-Jan-2017 11:59
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So I picked up the $44 sander from Bunning's yesterday had a quick try with it. I was hoping for a bit more removal of material with the 80 grit sandpaper.  It came with a 3 replacement warranty so it was worth a punt. Also the power switch is a bit finicky turning it on and off.

 

 

I was using one of the ozito sanders yesterday to do the finishing on some cheeseboards I made from matai I salvaged when taking a wall out.

 

Beautiful finish, using their cheap in-house brand discs. I used a plane (ryobi)  & belt sander (ozito) to get all the glued timber flush before I started with the 40 grit orbital, then 80, then 120.

 

Good machine for the price. I'll probably buy another when the foam pad finally disintegrates if they don't have spares.


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  # 1712713 30-Jan-2017 12:44
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They are so cheap that its like angle grinders - I end up with one sander or grinder for each thing that goes on it so I am not swapping discs out all the time. That is what kills the sanding discs I find, they lose their grip long before the grit is dead if you are swapping them all the time as you do each thing.





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  # 1712932 30-Jan-2017 17:38
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So I picked up the $44 sander from Bunning's yesterday had a quick try with it. I was hoping for a bit more removal of material with the 80 grit sandpaper.  It came with a 3 replacement warranty so it was worth a punt. Also the power switch is a bit finicky turning it on and off.

 

 

 I bought the same sander in May of 2015 and had the same issue with the power switch. The switch crapped out completely about a month back and I took it back to Bunnings where they gave me a new replacement no questions asked. So I suspect it's a common issue with the Ozito.

 

I'm surprised you're not getting much material off with 80g. Try tipping the sander slightly so that you're using the outside edge of the disk rather than laying it flat.

 

 


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  # 1712934 30-Jan-2017 17:43
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IME cource ones tend to dig in and leave grooves rather than actually taking stuff off. Its great on paint to get thru it and start getting it off, but once onto the wood the finer ones get more dust happening and less lines in the wood.





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  # 1713156 31-Jan-2017 10:44
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I've found that some of the cheaper 180w sanders just dont have the ommph to do a proper sand.

 

They rev high,, but by the time it comes to do a bit of work, the revs slow down, and there just isn't enough power to actually remove any product.

 

230W and above would be better.

 

 

 

 





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