On 6/22/2014 4:59 PM, dadiOH wrote:> "Greg Guarino"
>> On 6/22/2014 11:53 AM, dadiOH wrote:
>>> They aren't much good on small things but on larger ones they are
>>> the best finishing sanders I have ever used due, primarily, to the
>>> weight and the thick felt pad.
>> That's exactly what I like about the old Rockwell I appropriated from my
>> Dad's garage.
>> That's not "chrome-ized" plastic; it's all metal. And the pad is dense
>> felt. Prior to digging out that sander I had a quarter-sheet Craftsman.
>> The vibration used to make my hand go numb after a while. Not so with
>> the Rockwell. Maybe it's just the weight, but the vibration transmitted
>> to my hand is greatly less.
> There have been so many tool company buyouts/mergers that it is hard
> who made what but yours looks basically the same as the one I
> it works well, treat it well, it is a definite keeper.
There's one on Ebay for $40, but it's not as shiny. :)
I visit my parents most evenings these days. I had another browse in the
garage this evening. I found another sander, a Black and Decker 7320 1/3
sheet. It's probably of a similar vintage, all metal, chrome finish. No
corrosion at all. I suppose the sealed ammo box it's been in for the
past several decades might have helped.
I turned it on briefly and tried sanding a piece of scrap. It doesn't
feel quite as solid and smooth as the Rockwell, but it wasn't too bad.
Noisier too. It could still be of some use. The pad is some sort of foam
rubber rather than felt and is a little beaten around the edges. Still
seems flat over the active area though.
Interestingly, there is a lever that selects between "orbital" and
"straight-line" action. The manual (which can be found here:
... in all it's typewritten glory)
recommends orbital for faster material removal and straight-line for a
I couldn't move the lever at first (it's almost inaccessible between the
plate and the main housing), but knowing that my Dad wouldn't have
thrown out any accessories, I had a look in the ammo box. Lo and behold;
a little plastic "handle" that slips over the lever.
I tried both settings. There is definitely a difference; the "orbital"
setting is significantly more "orbital" than the straight-line setting.
But judging by eye, there seems to still be a minor amount of "orbit" in
the straight-line setting as well. I'll give it a more thorough test at
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