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Product Features & specs :
Porter-Cable 352VS 3 in. x 21 in. Variable-Speed Sander with Dust Bag
- Designed for flush sanding up to vertical surfaces
- 8 Amps, AC only
- Variable-speed dial 850-1300 SFPM
- Belt & gear drive
- Dust bag swivels 360
- Fingertip belt-tracking knob
- Quick-release belt-change lever
- Motor is located over plate for maximum performance and perfect balance
- 3 in. x 21 in. Variable-Speed Sander - 352VS
- 100-Grit Zirconium Black Belt
- Dust Bag Assembly - 39334
- Operating Manual
Got this Porter-Cable 352VS from CPO, picked up a bunch of 80-grit Diablo sanding belts and went to work. Wow, this thing is powerful--It really just stripped these boards beautifully and quickly. It took only 3 hours to strip the entire deck. It has a powerful motor and doesn't bog down even under a fair amount of pressure. It's quite heavy, guessing about 10 pounds give or take. The weight isn't too big a problem. It feels much heaver carrying it than it does during use and its weight keeps it on the work surface with little extra effort.
It's not perfect, though given this is the first belt sander I've used/owned I can't say that others wouldn't have these same flaws but here we go: First, when powered on, it blows air out from a vent on the front. However, it seems that the vent is angled somewhat toward the user/side, so you tend to get little hot bits of material shot out at you. Not really an issue as long as you wear eye protection (you remembered your eyes, right?!?) but occasionally my guiding hand gets a little hot fleck bouncing off it. Second, the electrical cable emerges almost horizontally. It would do well to have the electrical cable exiting the unit at an upward angle and have the reinforcement sheath extend longer than it does. When moving the sander back and forth, occasionally the cord just wants to get under the sander and interfere. If it just held itself up at either a taller angle or just held itself out farther, this wouldn't be an issue. Easy fix: get a 12" length of 1x2 wood, and Velcro tie it to the base of the cord and again at about 10" out from the base. Problem solved with scrap materials I had lying around anyway. Third issue (and I really can't blame the sander itself here because I'd suspect most belt sanders have this issue) but it's dang difficult to get the sanding right up against a vertical surface like a wall. Rotating the sander 90-degrees works, except that now you're sanding perpendicular to the grain rather than with it. So I did need to break out my trusty orbital for those tight spots.
All in all, this is a fantastic unit, and it turned a month-long project into a single weekend.
I can't speak to long-term reliability, as I only have about 3 hours of use on it. But it absolutely got the job done and I'm happy to keep this sander in my growing arsenal of household power tools.
Q & A :
Palm Sander Warranty - PORTER-CABLE LIMITED THREE YEAR WARRANTY (1 year for reconditioned products)
PORTER-CABLE will repair, without charge, any defects due to faulty materials or workmanship for three years from the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover part failure due to normal wear or tool abuse. For further detail of warranty coverage and warranty repair information, visit www.deltaportercable.com or call (888) 848-5175. This warranty does not apply to accessories or damage caused where repairs have been made or attempted by others. This warranty gives you specific legal rights and you may have other rights which vary in certain states or provinces. NOTE: THIS WARRANTY WILL BE VOID IF THE TOOL IS USED ON DRYWALL.
In addition to the warranty, PORTER-CABLE tools are covered by our:
- 1 YEAR FREE SERVICE: PORTER-CABLE will maintain the tool and replace worn parts caused by normal use, for free, any time during the first year after purchase.
- 90 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: If you are not completely satisfied with the performance of your PORTER-CABLE Power Tool, Laser, or Nailer for any reason, you can return it within 90 days from the date of purchase with a receipt for a full refund – no questions asked.
- LATIN AMERICA: This warranty does not apply to products sold in Latin America. For products sold in Latin America, see country specific warranty information contained in the packaging, call the local company or see website for warranty information.
To register your tool for warranty service visit our website at www.deltaportercable.com.
To obtain information on warranty performance, please write to: PORTER-CABLE CORPORATION, 4825 Highway 45 North, Jackson, Tennessee 38305; Attention: Product Service. THE FOREGOING OBLIGATION IS PORTER-CABLE'S SOLE LIABILITY UNDER THIS OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY AND UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL PORTER-CABLE BE LIABLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other legal rights which vary from state to state.