PC ChooChoo 504(3) sander.


Did you see yet another positive review of that 6" ROS Ridgid made?? Oh well, I wasted my time hoping for an encore with their beltsander.
I talked to my sister in Olathe KS, she's more than happy to bring me a new PC 504(3) when she comes for Christmas. She'll clear customs for me.
That leaves one thing unresolved---> The 504 or the 503? One has a dust bag the other doesn't. Is there a specific reason why I wouldn't want the dustbag?
I would like some input from you dorkers, and I promise I won't mention Choo-Choos again....wel, not much...
(THIS way, after I get the Fein MultiTool, I will NEVER have the money to get me one of them Bot thingies...*G*... I have to stop hanging around here... you guys are a bad influence...)
I can't believe that at my age, I actually feel excitement for Christmas this year... like when I was a little kid...and that was about a choo-choo too...a box of Marklin HO... with a die-cast steam engine..articulated valve gear... TWO, count them TWO remote points. That trainset taught me a very important lesson in life. People will pay anything for anything if they want it bad enough.
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"Robatoy" snip

I have an older choo choo and it works great. However, when I need a belt sander I almost always reach for the 362VSK 4x24. It is not a train model but it works very well and cuts fast.
Dust bags seem to always be in my way.
Dave
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"Robatoy"

Strictly personal opinion.
YMMV
Dust bags are a total PITA. If you can hook up a central dust collection hose, then maybe, otherwise, forget it.
I use the ChooChoo as an abrasive stock removal tool, not a finishing tool.
I'd spend more time emptying a dust bag than sanding, if I had one.
Lew
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wrote:

Don't buy the damned thing.
It's top heavy and digs in on the sides when you run it.
It's a cool looking thing that is a fifties/sixties design - that doesn't work well.
I bought one years ago and returned it in less than a month.
YMMV.
Tom Watson - WoodDorker tjwatson1ATcomcastDOTnet (email) http://home.comcast.net/~tjwatson1/ (website)
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Which brings me to a point, and yes I comb my hair to cover it.<G>
I question whether anybody but a top shop has any real need for a belt sander.
If you are doing counter tops, that's one thing.
OTOH, furniture is quite another matter.
Lew
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Bought mine (Hitachi) originally to flatten a table top that I could not seem to plane without tearout. Since then, I have found it very useful for home repair type projects. Not overly needed in fine woodworking but, if you're a homeowner, it comes in handy.

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I use my PC 4X24 to take off the grimy stuff from rough sawn lumber prior to jointing and planing... 36 grit does so quickly! Tom
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