Now, this was a tool I was excited about, it’s in the premium range of sanders, and I was hoping for some serious performance out of the Bosch OS50VC. I can safely say I was not disappointed. This thing simply shreds through hardwood, along with heavy layers of varnish! I also found the paper clamping system easy and intuitive to use – which is a first for many sanders.
The motor packs a punch, at 3.4 Amps, this allows for a huge removal rate, and also allows the sanding pad to move at a higher speed than its competitors, what I liked about this motor was the fact it was mighty, yet didn’t jump around. In essence, it glides where you want to sand; it also doesn’t overheat and runs relatively cool.
This sander includes a suspension system. This is a first as far as I’m aware. This works exceptionally well, much better than the standard rubberized handle that most sanders include. This also helps when it comes to controlling the sander, as it doesn’t jump around, and also goes where you want it to, with no resistance. The vibrations felt by the user are simply and utterly kept to a minimum. The suspension also helps dampen noise – which is great for tools like this.
Paper Clamping System
This sander uses a different type of paper clamping system than usual. Most sanders use a simple hook & loop system to connect the paper to the tool. In contrast, the Bosch sander uses a paper-tensioning system, which allows the paper to fit perfectly, and also keeps the paper perfectly in place, without it moving around while standing, as this can cause tears.
As you would expect on a premium range product, this sander includes a variable speed dial to allow the user to match the power of the sander to the work they are currently doing. This allows you only to need one orbital sander, rather than having to get a low powered sander, along with a high powered sander. You can simply spin the dial to slow down the sander for the more accurate work.
Unlike many sanders that merely include a cloth bag, you get a full, filtered, translucent cylinder with the Bosch. This is great, as although a translucent cylinder isn’t much, it helps to avoid regularly unscrewing it to see whether it needs emptying. But when it does need emptying, it is effortless, a simple flick of the wrist to unscrew it, and voila.
Overall Build Quality
I was simply amazed by the robustness of this tool. It feels so strong, and while it is on the heavier side of sanders, it is still a pleasure to use, and I’m sure it will easily last years. It is more geared towards industrial use, although it does still hold a valid place in the home environment. If you are looking for a reliable, strong sander to sand down near enough anything, this is the tool for you.
Bosch OS50VC Specifications and Features
- Weight – 6 lbs
- Suspension System
- Translucent Dust Cylinder
- Ergonomic Design
- Product Size – 17.9 x 5.8 x 8.9 inches
- Voltage – 120 volts
Bosch OS50VC Sheet Sander Customer Reviews
Customers love this product. The stand out features of the sander are the dust collector, paper clamp, and overall solid construction that produces minimal vibration. Although some customers were not too happy with how the hoses connect to the body for using vac.
If you are currently looking for a premium sander, in my opinion, this is the best on the market, and it does whatever you want it to do! It will glide through heavy, thick layers of varnish, regardless of age. I heavily recommend this tool.