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post #1 of 5 Old 08-03-2015, 05:49 PM Thread Starter
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recommendations for orbital sanders

bought a PC 390K 3 years ago -- worked great until recently the plastic ring the serves as the brake, i believe, has had to be replaced very often -- feel like i'm throwing $$$ away -- looking at posts on amazon -- these tools may have a limited lifetime -- but i would appreciate your thoughts on the best replacement for the porter cable --

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I have a porter cable 382 and for <$50, it's a solid performer. I also have a Ridgid 2611 6" and it is a lot more machine than the PC. An inch doesn't seem like much, but it's a lot more surface area. I bought it refurbished at an outlet and haven't had any problems, though it seems a lot of reviews indicate that the new ones do.

Occasionally, I still grab the 5" for small jobs, but the 6" really eats wood when you need to smooth out mill marks. If any of your projects involve large, flat surfaces, I'd consider a 6" while you're upgrading.
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I have a Bosch 5 and 6 inch. I would highly recommend the 6". I think it cost about $150. I don't care much for the 5".
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Got the DeWalt 5". Variable speed was $79 - $20 more than the single speed. No complaints.

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I also have the DeWalt 5" and it works great. Been using it for a year an a half heavily with nary a stutter.

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