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I have a Porter Cable 7346 Random Orbital Sander: looks like this:



I used it to make fast work of some drywall repair - which was stupid of me. It seems as though the dust has accumulated in parts that should not accumulate dust. The sander started slowing down, and making a grinding/screeching noise. If I take it off the surface and let it spin, it seems to return to normal, but as soon as you put pressure on the sanding pad, it loses power and starts screeching again.

Is it toast? Are there any parts I can take apart and clean/rebuild? I've only had it about 2 years, but I bought it manufacturer refurb, so I won't have a warranty.

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Any wild guess as to what that might cost? I looked up the nearest service center - 45 minute drive. So, 3 hours there-and-back twice (drop off and pick up) for about $40 in gas, plus the cost of repair. Might be a net benefit to just bite the bullet and buy another refurb. for $110 - charged to "I knew better, but didn't listen to myself."
 

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shipping will add quite a bit to the price depending on where you are.. i was going to order parts for my framing gun last month through them but it as gonna triple the cost do to shipping.. only needed $14 part.. shipping would have been $32 ish
 
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