It is hard to remember, but at one time they did indeed. they had an
industrial line that was pretty damn good. I was never much on the
homeowners line, though. I think that was more like 40 years ago.
I have this sander, and it is almost as good as my half sheet
Like the smaller Bosch sander, you can almost vacuum with due to the
fact that the dust collection is so good. It cuts really well, leaves
a good surface, but like Rob said earlier, plan on punching your own
holes. Their punch pad works OK on finer grits, but get to the heavy
stuff and it just makes a mess.
I also use a Milwaukee that is heavier (older!) at 7 lbs. but you can
use it all day long with no fatigue. However, being a little older
design it doesn't have great dust collection system. OK, but not
great. I caught it on ebay a few years back for $125 or so with the
steel case. Not a mark on it, and no sanding dust in the internals.
Worth every nickel at twice the price. Check at the size and
accessibility of the holding clamps.
As Leon pointed out, PC still makes the venerated 505. It used to be
the industry standard 1/2 sheet, but I don't know about it now. I
used one for years, but now here we are in the new century and they
haven't done anything of significance for dust collection. I don't
always work out in a parking lot or messy jobsite.
I used the Bosch to sand down a fireplace mantle that I was
refinishing in an occupied house. With the dust collection set up
(the shop vac outside the house) and my portable dust collector on the
room I was able to sand down the 7 - 8' mantle with my 5" Bosch and
finish with the Bosch 1/2 sheet with no problems. A quick dusting and
we were out of there.
Then of coure there are other brands, but the point is that there are
still high quality hard working 1/2 sheeters out there.
Unless Craftsman has a new line of sanders, I wouldn't even look at
SFWIW, Have a Bosch 3727, 6" ROS, and a Fein Multi, detail sander,
that both use H&L paper.
Use Klingspor as a supplier.
If you are willing to buy 100 pieces per grit (50 for the Fein) and
meet a $50.00 minimum order, the cost of sanding discs is no longer
much of an issue, IMHO.
On Tue, 06 Nov 2007 05:27:57 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (Malcolm Hoar)
I have a Black and Decker Pro, since 1985. Although I bought a
refurbished unit it is still going strong but I wouldn't trust B&D
today. You should be ok with Bosch, Festool or maybe Klingspor.
Sadly, Porter-Cable's quality is not what it used to be.
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