At least in our area, home depot has the Porter Cable Variable Speed
random orbit sander marked down to $59.. the sander is usually around
So you get variable speed model for about the same price as the single
Interesting. I'd given some thought to picking one up
(pre-clearance), but a quick Google through the wreck kinda convinced
me that this ROS is a POS. Anyone using one that can comment whether
it's any good, worth the money, etc.?
I have had a 6" Bosch for several years and have totally abused it, but like
Timex, it "Keeps on ticking".
When it comes time to do the final finish work on the hull, will definitely
look at an 8" Fein since that job represents sanding out over 800 sq ft.
S/A: Challenge, The Bullet Proof Boat, (Under Construction in the Southland)
Some of the reviews I read said it was great. I've always found their
products very reliable, but not always the latest bells & whistles. Instead
of getting that model, I went for the Porter-Cable 7336 6" Variable Speed
Random Orbit Sander. I'm not into the hook and loop sandpaper. It's
expensive and you don't find it in bulk. I also don't care for the dust
collection holes in the paper as they tend to snag on things like a hole
plug that I'm trying to sand smooth. Ran into that one with the Dewalt ROS
at work today. They have their benefits too, but since I have the choice, I
opted to skip it.
The 6" disk is VERY common in the automotive refinishing realm. You can buy
adhesive backed disks on a roll from any auto paint shop or online. The
trick to using adhesive pads is to remove it as soon as you're finished.
The adhesive is still warm and the sandpaper lifts off as easy as the velcro
pads. Let it sit for a while, the paper can tear, leaving pieces on the
sander. I keep a few rolls of the more common grits of sandpaper and each
roll lasts a long time.
My sander does make a LOT of dust, I won't kid you!. But I either do most
of my sanding outside, or at least have a fan blowing it outside. Never an
issue when I do this. I may later build a down draft box for smaller
projects. I can get the optional dust collector for mine, but I'd be back
to expensive disks and perferated paper that can catch on irregular
Ive used one for over a year now and considering my measuring/cutting
skills leave a lot to be desired, I've not had any problems with mine.
I'd guess I've gone through at least 400 sanding disks. VS option
works great for curves and delicate areas.
On 17 Sep 2003 17:32:23 -0700, email@example.com (PC Gameplayer) wrote:
============================================mine is a 333 ...hook and loop ... not sure of the letter designation
because honestly I never paid much attention to it...Amyhow it is now
at least 5 years old and it has preformed EXTREMELY well (read I have
never had a single problem)......If it had an hour meter it would be
reading at least 4 digits
Would I buy another.... you bet..!
They are clearing them out in my area too (Northern Michigan) so I picked
one up along with a couple of the $100 PC 8529 routers. I've had a little
time to play with the last few days too because I've had to sleep in the
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Sent: Wednesday, September 17, 2003 1:20 PM
Subject: Home Depot is clearancing PC 333 VS
I have one and like it except that the dust can keeps falling off.
I've tried the blue masking tape, but it gets dusty quickly and falls
off, too. Next time I need to do a lot of sanding I'm going to try
getting some very slightly larger o-rings in hopes that they will grip
the dust filter a little more tightly.
Submitted for your amusement.
I went to the Borg to pick one up without reading too
I bought a 333 single speed for $59 without noticing it
wasn't a variable speed. After I noticed what I had I went
back and checked, they didn't have any variable speed in the
Roseville, CA store.
I decided to keep it anyway since I wanted a random orbit
sander. I'm glad I got it.
It really fills the gap between my old 1/4 sheet sander and
my belt sanders. It works very nicely.
I used it to clean up a moderate sized aluminum casting
yesterday, starting with 80 grit to get the casting marks
and dings of the ages out and working up to 220. After that
then a few minutes hand sanding with grades up to 600 and
the part is ready for polishing.
Also tried it on an old motorcycle tank that needs some
metal work. It almost as nice as an air powered d/a, just
Works good on wood too :)
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