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Hi 
may i ask how the 6 inch pad is performing with the 125/150 random orbit sander?  Are Abranet style pads available to fit this Bosch sander?
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Hello Peter. 
What do you mean by "performing"? Do you mean dust extraction?
If so, as long as the 6 holes match up, dust extraction is pretty good. 
If you mean the backing pads, they last as long as any backing pads I've used from other manufaturers. Theres a range of backing pads available for the Bosch GEX 125/150 sanders ranging from hard (for course sanding) to extra soft for fine sanding and shaped work. 
Abranet style sanding sheets, like most other orbital sanding sheets are designed to work with standard hook and loop pads, so yes, work with Bosch sanders. They are available in a variety of sizes including 125 and 150mm so will fit the GEX 125/150 sanders. 
 
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Hullo Bailey
it has been suggested on one forum that the 6 inch pad is too big for the machine and may affect the bearings.  Is this true?
Does Bosch make a Festool style sanding pad with many holes all over it?  How many different style pads with different configuration holes does Bosch make for the sander ?
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Which specific sander are you talking about Peter? 
I've been using the Bosch GEX 125-150 AVE for 4 years with no problems which I have a 125mm pad for and several different 150mm pads. It's only the 150mm (6") pads I've ever used on it and it's never struggled. In fact, it's slightly more powerful than competitors similar 150mm random orbitals like Festool and Makita. 
If someone has had problem with the bearings, or feeling the pad is too big for the machine, the obvious thing that spring to mind is they've been using the wrong tool for the job. Operator error in other words.
Random orbitals aren't designed for sanding under pressure - for example, forcing the edge of the pad into the work for course, high removal of say car body work. There are sanders that are specifically designed for such jobs with gearboxes very much like those on angle grinders. Another option for such work would be a forced rotation random orbital like the Bosch GEX 150 Turbo (now superceded by the GET 55-125 and GET 75-150 saders) or one of the Festool Rotex models. 
Standard random orbitals are designed to operate with the pad flat on the work suface, with light pressure only. 
Bosch's pads for the GEX sanders all have a 6 hole pattern. The new forced rotation random orbitals - the GET range - have pads with numerous holes, quite similar to Festool. These pads, as far as I know, will only fit the GET range of sanders in much the same way as the Festool's Rotex pads will only fit the Rotex.
As a final point, it is worth mentioning that with all the Bosch blue tool, waranty can be extended to 3 years free by simply registering your tool online. So, if you had a problem with your sander or any other tool, Bosch would take care of it. 
Hope this helps. 
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