I'm looking to buy a belt sander and am considering either the
Porter-Cable 362VS or the Milwaukee 5936. Both are 4x24 inch, one
variable speed and the other fixed. I have both Porter-Cable and
Milwaukee tools and am pleased with both companies.
Any advice on which to purchase?
SFWIW, I'd stay away from 4" machines.
In the case of P/C, they use the same motor for either the 3" or 4"
IMHO, the P/C is strictly a toy.
Burned up a couple of them before buying the P/C "Choo-Choo" which
they no longer make.
I have been building solid surface countertop since DuPont had 4
colours only. (1986)
Been through them all except the Choo Choo..
Milwaukees are heavy. PC's die. Bosch fare a bit better, but the best
punch for the buck is the 3 x 24 Makita.
We can't seem to break them. Replace the graphite skid pad and the
thing keeps going and going.
The dust collection is mediocre.... on any of them.
I have a Ryobi that keeps going after 20 years. But, not sure if the
same quality of Ryobi is there today. I like the fact the top is
flat and it can be used upsidedown for sanding small parts. The
variable speed is very nice too. I use finishing sanders more than a
belt sander, maybe that is why it has lasted so long.
I had the same model. I used it commercially for about 8 years.
It got to where I couldn't keep the belt tracking. I went to
replace it with the exact model because of the flat top, upside
down capability. I didn't find it , so I purchased this Bosch as
I was always quite pleased with the Ryobi, same for the Bosch. I
also have and use a heavy old Milwaukee for serious work.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
That reminds me -
One of the things I like about my Makita is the sides are flat and
parallel, so I can clamp it in a wooden bench vise and use it upside
I've used it to sand the edge of large parts, and do rough stock
I never tried it without fastening it to the bench.
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