It’s a bit unfair to compare the TorqX and the Torq 10FX because by design the TorqX is inferior to the Torq 10FX in when it comes to performance. It is designed to be a step up from the TorqX, for people who buy the latter and decide they want something a little more. The only place it isn’t better is in price. Although we’d normally suggest that you just spare yourself the time and money of buying one and moving to the other, if your needs aren’t really all that great or you aren’t looking for the most professional of looks, you might instead be motivated by price. If that’s the case, you’ll want to give the TorqX a pretty hard look, because while its performance isn’t as good as the 10FX it is definitely less expensive to buy.
Based purely on performance, we’re comfortable calling the TorqX a good intro sander with the Torq 10FX the next step up. With a 700-Watt motor instead of a 680 Watt, it is slightly more powerful, and it is definitely more comfortable in holding during long hours of work. In fact, it’s so easy to control that it’s not outside the realm of reason that you can control it with one hand, although that’s definitely not recommended. As for the TorqX, although the difference in power might seem small, on paper, in reality, it’s enough that it’s not really very suitable for most paint corrections.
There’s actually a pretty considerable difference in standard price between the two. If the price isn’t too far off but one is just far and away a better tool, it’s preferable to give that one the edge. That’s not the case here. The TorqX is just simply less expensive. If you are severely hampered by budget constraints or just don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that won’t get used heavily, you’ll want to give the edge on price to the TorqX.
Both models are largely constructed from the same durable frame. It can take a beating and still keep working, although you won’t want to test the limits by pounding on both with a hammer. That’s a good way to waste money. Still, there’s no reason to give either of these random orbital sanders an edge over the other in terms of durability.
The 10FX incorporates advanced internal balance to make for a smoother experience while stripping paint. It’s also got more intuitive user controls for more comfortable control while in operation. It’s hard to overstate the importance of this. Raw power can strip away paint, but even application is the difference between a job that looks clean and one that makes people recoil in terror. That’s where the Torq 10FX really shines. Combine that with the generally more powerful operation, and you’ve got a superior design in the Torq 10FX.
If you’re new to random orbital sanders and aren’t sure if it’s something you’ll get in to, the TorqX is a great model to get acquainted on. It’s inexpensive so if you hate it or can’t get the hang of it you aren’t out all that much, but it’s also good enough that if you move up it’ll have a place in your tool inventory. Its 680-Watt motor delivers enough power to work just about every surface, and it is designed for easy, comfortable handling. Just bear in mind that you get what you pay for, and what you’re paying for here is a cheap entry-level sander. Spend more and you’ll find that follow-on models tend to be a lot more comfortable in your hands and better balanced for prolonged, easy use.
If you need a random orbital sander for everyday use, you aren’t going to want to start at the bottom. You’ll want something that can deliver all-day quality right off. The Torq 10FX is a good random orbital sander for that. Its 700-Watt motor can deliver consistent powerful sanding and its design makes sanding paint feel as smooth and effortless as ice skating. It’s a little more expensive than the TorqX, for which you’ll get better performance and a better design. The TorqX is a great starter random orbital sander. The Torq 10FX is a great next-step-up sander.
If you’re a budget shopper who won’t use your random orbital sander all that often, the TorqX isn’t a bad option to explore. It’s got decent power and range and does a reasonably good job at stripping away paint and/or applying wax. It has decent power for use as an everyday random orbital sander, although if you’re looking for something to do paint corrections it’s a bit underpowered for that. What it lacks, however, are advanced features that help a tool that can do the job do a much better job. That’s where the Torq 10FX comes in. It costs a little more money, but it’s got a little more power. More than that, though, it’s designed for comfort and control, which considering what’s at stake — the appearance of whatever you’re sanding — is almost as important as the amount of power it can deliver when turned on.
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