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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-09-2010, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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Default I'm thinking of buying a used Porter Cable Sander Model 343VS... what do you think?

Currently I only have a 1/4 sheet palm sander that doesn't work too well on the larger jobs. What do you think on the item below, and is there anything I should inspect (it's used)?

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Porter Cable - Sander - Model 343VS - 5" Variable Speed Random Orbit sander w/case - $40
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ROS's are definitely my go-to tools. I started with a pad and then a belt sander but once I got my ROS, the others rarely get used.

I say that.. I used the 4x24 belt sander with 18 grit to "plane" some pieces of hard maple trim mostly into level, but still finished up with the ROS.

I'm no expert on inspecting used... I know most ROS companies sell replacement pads (replace from the mounting bolt down) which will let you convert between PSA and H&L but I don't know how to tell if one is worn out. Hopefully one more knowledgeable than I on this will jump in!

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" one is worn out " a good test is free run the tool with out any load on it,, it should not run ruff or smell bad at the free run and no sparks from the motor brushes ,the next easy test ,run it under a hvy,load and mean under hvy.load with your weight on it, it should run like the free run test but with a load and it should come out of the test run and run free and smooth when you drop the power to it..if not ,say no thank you and keep looking..

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Thanks guys. I picked it up on Saturday and it passed all tests. It's in excellent condition and the guy said he used it maybe twice. It does look like new. However, I did notice an "R" stamped/melted on the plastic which I believe means re-manufactured. I'm not too worried because if Porter Cable did the inspection/repair then it should be as good as new.

Now I'm looking for a deal on 5" discs...

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I bought the sander, but it looks like I may have jumped the gun.
I just found out from work that I can get an endless supply of 6" PSA discs, yet my sander is 5" hook & loop.
I'll see if I can install a 6" pad.
Oh well.
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Hi Gweedz

The 6" will works just fine,you can always use a pair of Scissors free is free..

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I bought the sander, but it looks like I may have jumped the gun.
I just found out from work that I can get an endless supply of 6" PSA discs, yet my sander is 5" hook & loop.
I'll see if I can install a 6" pad.
Oh well.



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The 6" will works just fine,you can always use a pair of Scissors free is free..

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well, a friend of mine bought it, and said it was not too bad...

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You should be happy with the sander Guido. There is a simple jig you can build for putting the holes in sand paper that uses adhesive to hold it to the sander. I think with the hook and loop system you might be better off buying the pads or cutting them down to fit if they will line up.
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I bought the sander, but it looks like I may have jumped the gun.
I just found out from work that I can get an endless supply of 6" PSA discs, yet my sander is 5" hook & loop.
I'll see if I can install a 6" pad.
Oh well.
Musta missed this post earlier Guido - Here's where I get most of my discs:
Heleta (formerly Bullet Industries) abrasive products hook & loop discs
They been out of the 150 gtit for awhile but the rest is pretty good for the money.

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