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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-29-2013, 04:53 AM Thread Starter
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What ever you are doing you need to sand. Shure there are technics that you don't have to but generally you need to sand. If you are doing it to your customer you rather not spend to mush time with it. I found this Austrian made Vario-pro Profile sander from Eurotec Oy | Puuntyöstö | Purunpoisto | Pakkauskoneet | Alumiinintyöstö | Muovintyöstö - Eurotec Oy. it's for ww-industry but some stuff they sell weight's less than 600kg like this Vario-pro. What do you think?
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Esko, that is a neat little sander but I think Porter Cable's 9444 is the best I have seen. It comes with many profiles, a diamond shaped pad sander and dust collection was an available option. In another astute move by Black & Decker this item was discontinued.
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I couldn't tell anything from that first link, but the second link, well that is just plain neat, and I could see a small shop using something like that. With what I'm doing I don't need it, but I bet a lot of people on here could. And the price is not bad at all either. Nice link. Thanks.

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For small sanding job's it would be good. It's an option to an electric machine. I have never seen that 9444 no'r new of the existing of such machine. I'm shure it's a very handy tool. If I have to give a light touch with sanding paper before painting a window this Vario-pro would be my choise.
Mike, did you mean that B&D produces this type of machine even now? What do you call this type of a machine?

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Esko-
Reminded me of something you said (previously) about your wife. By coincidence the best sander in my shop, that I couldn't do without is........ Sharon.

She actually asks me if I have anything to sand. I have to admit that as a blessing. To me sanding is monotonous. She loves it. I don't understand her enthusiasm over that, but I'm supportive to give her as much sanding opportunities as she wants. There's many other reasons she is indispensable around here (like she also loves to split wood...), but I'm glad she likes the things she does.

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It's nice for you Mike that Sharon can help you in the shop with something you think is very dull. Unfortunently me and my wife sometimes are (in the shop or on the site of my new shop) like two positive or negative magnet's...

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SWMBO stays oughta my shop...fear of avalanches I presume.
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I agree with you Esko, at the price every shop can afford at least one. I'm about to look on eBay!

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Well now, I couldn't find one in Australia so emailed the US agents for info. on an Aussie agent. I received a reply from the Austrian makers, Merlin saying that there is an Aussie agent who would get in touch with me which they did. What they said was that they had been Merlin agents for many years but now no longer stocked the Vario-Pro sander because by the time shipping and other costs were added it had to sell for $75.00 PLUS 10% goods and services tax so at the last Sydney wood show, with great difficulty they managed to quit all remaining stock at below cost price. Whilst they used more polite terminology, they said that Aussie woodworkers have deep pockets but short arms!

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