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I brought the Bosch sander for a particular job - sanding down a B and Q "value" shelf. I would have normally done this by hand but a nagging wife ensured that a speedy finish would be required. The sander came with an assortment of different grade sanding sheets, it only took one to complete the job. I now use the sander for all sanding jobs, large and small. I find that there is no need to buy the Bosch replacement sheets as one sheet of normal sandpaper will provide 3 sheets for the sander, although if you are using the dust extraction on the sander you will need the Bosch sheets as these come with holes punched for dust extraction.
Circular sanders are much more powerful than orbital sanders because they revolve the whole disc round and move it from side to side. This enables the sander to give a much better peformance and sand much quicker. I have a Bosch circular sander which replaced my Black and Decker Mouse which burn out. I found that the mouse, allthough being able to get into small corners easily, wasn't half as good as the circular sander and was effectively the same price. The sander i bought also came with a built in dust-bag which is very useful as it gives off quite a lot of dust.
The Bosch sander was bought as a replacement for my aged Black & Decker one. After a few years of loyal service the motor had burnt out, this seems to be common with some of their tools so I decided to spend a bit extra. B&Q had a good range of 1/3 and 1/2 sheet sanders. They ranged in price from £10 (how can they make them so cheap ?) up to about £50. Decided on the Bosch at £30. This was a 1/3 sheet sander, the sheets are easy to change by moving a lever up on each side. It is fairly quiet and the quality of finish is always good. The sander is well made and was worth paying the extra.