Porter-Cable 343VSK 5-Inch Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander – Hook & Loop Pad

  • Produces fine, swirl-free results on a variety of surfaces
  • Powerful 3 Amp motor; variable speed dial a range of 7,500-12,000 orbits per minute
  • Efficient dust collection with POREX dust canister and dual dust ports
  • Handheld design and soft vibration-reducing rubber grip
  • Includes a kit box; uses 5-inch hook-and-loop paper (not included)

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  1. J. Craig says:

    The Top Mà ¼ TZE had penetrated outdone and to the extent that I not first the Sander on a Demo-Shop' s shelf. After in a secured case came (with internal architecture, which not under the beschädigten range), was improbably by forwarding trauma caused the Sander Schäden. Weeks has I again one PC-rout, its basis were cracked (and nearly separated) after Erhalt.PC' s good reputation can historically. I place myself a mad Produktionsstätte concentrated ausschlieà Ÿ lich on the Quantität of the Produktion.& #13; Evaluation: 3/5

  2. Gary Kasten says:

    First let me say that I have been purchasing and using Porter Cable tools for 25+ years. I have electric (corded), pneumatic and cordless tools from PC. To paraphrase an old car commercial, “This is NOT your father’s Porter Cable!” It is obvious that PC is moving away from the professional quality that made them the company they were toward a much more consumer oriented line. I assume this is because of the merging with Dewalt, which the big corporation seems to want to push as their pro line. In my opinion PC is just a cut, and a very small one at that, above Black and Decker. And no, I don’t feel that B&D has improved in quality. PC has just fallen THAT much!

    Having said all that, let me end the rant and get back to the review. This little plastic sander isn’t terrible. And, if you shop carefully, is probably worth what you pay for it. The hook & loop feature is very nice. My older PC ROS didn’t have this feature, and the stick on sanding disks are not as convenient as the H&L attachment. The dust collection leaves a lot to be desired if you just use the included dust collecting canister. Yes, it DOES collect dust, just not a great percentage of what is generated. That’s the reason for the title of my review. However, I don’t think very many other sanders with canisters are going to do much better. The concept of spinning dust into a closed canister just doesn’t seem to be the most efficient method to me. There is enough dust escaping even with a shop vac attached that you will see dust hanging in the air.

    My main complaint is the vibration. After about 6-8 minutes of sanding you probably will want to stop and give your hands and forearms a break. This issue is not nearly so prevalent with my older PC ROS. I assume this is mostly the difference between a metal and a plastic sander, and maybe manufacturing tolerances. Vibration issues aside, this tool does a very nice job of sanding. We are changing all the interior doors in our home from hollow core luan doors to solid pine doors. This sander does a very nice job of sanding these doors prior to staining. NOTE: I attribute part of the sand success to the disks I purchased. These are the Mirka 23-615-AP 5-Inch 8-Hole Assorted Grits Dustless Hook-and-Loop Sanding Disks, (Amazon item http://www. amazon. com/gp/product/B00004U6A8/ref=ox_ya_os_product). NO sander is going to give decent results with poor quality abrasives.

    The variable speed feature is also nice. When I move up to the finer grades of sanding disks, slowing the speed reduces the hand and forearm fatigue simply because the vibration is reduced. The plastic carrying case seems to be solid enough and has room to store a few extra sanding disks.

    If you need a decent ROS for homeowner type DIY projects, this sander will likely work well.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  3. W. Dorland says:

    I purchased this Porter Cable sander to replace a Dewalt unit that I simply wore out. It works well but the Dewalt seemed to have a lower center of gravity and was easier on the wrist. But the Porter Cable still does an excellent job. I’ve owned a number of Porter Cable tools and have always been pleased with their performance.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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