I have both. Can't say one is better than the other as they both perform
well. The real test will be 2 or 5 or 10 years from now to see which is
still going. The PC333 takes 5 hole paper, the DW takes 8 hole.
I have the BOSCH 6" ... very well made, runs cools, will hog a lot of wood
with the right grit, the bag catches most of the dust, and it takes hook n'
loop paper. Although a bit pricey, it was well worth it, IMO, and I would
buy it again.
Next to the TS, one of the most used tools in the shop.
The following are my personal opinions which when coupled with a $5 bill
will allow you to get a cup of coffee in a cheap restaurant.
5" dia machines are a waste of time.
Bosch makes a good 6" dia machine. I beat the crap out of it and it has
survived almost 6 years.
Since 6" is better than 5", it stands to reason that 8" is better than 6".
If you truly have a lot of sanding to do, look at the 8" Fein, just don't
have sticker shock.
Like everything they make, Fein is very proud of their equipment and prices
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I have an old PC I think 333 for about 6 years or so, dust canister left a
long time a go, had to put on new hook and loop base but it keeps on
spinning. I think the new ones have a better canister. I would buy it
I've used both Porter Cable 5" 333 and 6" 97366 random orbital sanders. For
large areas the 6" removes more faster and is less fatiguing due to the
barrel grip. The 5" has a higher rpm which I believe leaves less swirls and
scratches and being an upright lighter sander it's more maneuverable and
agile. I've never found a need for a variable speed sander so if they
offered one I'd pick it over the VS.
When I sold all my woodworking equipment after the divorce, I had the PC
333. I loved it - no swirls - variable speed - etc. I began to dabble a
bit a year ago. The first thing I purchased was the same sander. I've
tried the DW - the PC is easier to use and performs great. Why re-invent?
Ditto my old PC333 that didn't even survive a year. Canister
kept popping off. I think the clutch eventually died.
I'll probably either get a 6" Bosch or Metabo, but leaning
toward the Metabo because of the multiple orbital radius feature...
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