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Old 03-31-2012, 09:01 PM   #1
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I am looking at buying a New orbital sander. and I was woundering what are some of the better one's, I have been looking at either a Porter cable, or a bosch. The Bosch Iam looking at is the Bosch 3725DEVS 5-in Electronic Variable Speed. And the Porter Cable 5" random orbit sander #343, Both are hook and Loop. If you have one that you like other than these 2 lets here. Thanks for the Help.

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I have two of these Porta Cables and love them. Very little vibration.
http://www.cpoworkshop.com/factory-r...-and-polishers

I would suggest buying an extra pad for it if you plan on using it a lot.

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I have the porter cable. I think it works great. I do regret getting the hook and loop though. It is more than double the price for hook and loop paper.
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It's simple enought to swap out the pad for a PSA pad.
It would not work for me because I'm always changing grits and the paper is still in good shape and can be reused. With PSA once it's been remove it never sticks that well again or ends up getting dirty.
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I am looking at buying a New orbital sander. and I was woundering what are some of the better one's, I have been looking at either a Porter cable, or a bosch. The Bosch Iam looking at is the Bosch 3725DEVS 5-in Electronic Variable Speed. And the Porter Cable 5" random orbit sander #343, Both are hook and Loop. If you have one that you like other than these 2 lets here. Thanks for the Help.
The Bosch is a more aggressive sander than the porter cable you are talking about, but it does do a great job at finishing also, the porter cable is more of a finish sander.
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honestly i would avoid porter cable now. since black and decker bought them out they downgraded pc from one of the best tool brands to nothing more than black and decker homeowner grade tools. bosch, makita metabo all make great sanders. i had a dewalt a few years ago sold it off almost as fast as i bought it.. terrible balance and speed control
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honestly i would avoid porter cable now. since black and decker bought them out they downgraded pc from one of the best tool brands to nothing more than black and decker homeowner grade tools. bosch, makita metabo all make great sanders. i had a dewalt a few years ago sold it off almost as fast as i bought it.. terrible balance and speed control
If it is like the past it won't mean much that B&D bought Porter Cable, B&D, Delta, Dewalt, Rockwell and a few others seem to buy one or the other out every few years for some reason.
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true. but everything ive seen by pc in the last 2 years has gone completely to crap. the circ saws, cordless drills, recips. sanders are all just rebranded b&d.. the routers and compressors are similar to the old ones but with cheaper components
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true. but everything ive seen by pc in the last 2 years has gone completely to crap. the circ saws, cordless drills, recips. sanders are all just rebranded b&d.. the routers and compressors are similar to the old ones but with cheaper components
Man, that is a shame, I hate to see a good product go by the way side like that. Thanks for the information.
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exactly a couple years ago i was in the market for a new router and was going to buy the pc... when i looked at the ones in store they were no where near the quality of the ones from 5 years ago.. much lighter duty and not as many features
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The comments from woodworkbykirk about the PC quality going down hill are spot on. I have converted a lot of my battery and electric power stuff to Bosch.
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true. but everything ive seen by pc in the last 2 years has gone completely to crap. the circ saws, cordless drills, recips. sanders are all just rebranded b&d.. the routers and compressors are similar to the old ones but with cheaper components
This is very true. I bought a PC orbital sander and a circular saw many years ago, but they seem to be the last good tools I've seen them produce since.

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