Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
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.