|Review by TheDane||posted 12-30-2009 09:28 PM||6817 views||1 time favorited||21 comments|
- Porter-Cable 390K 5" Low Profile Random Orbit Sander
- Brand: Porter-Cable | Category: Sanders
The Porter-Cable 390K 5” variable speed low profile Random Orbital Sander is a quality tool that delivers great performance.
The low profile makes this sander much easier to control than other, taller sanders. The motor used is a constant response motor, which keeps it from bogging down regardless of the amount of pressure you put on it. The 390K is the most aggressive sander I own (I also have sanders from Milwaukee, B&D, and Craftsman) in terms of the material it will remove, yet it has the least amount of vibration, and is the easiest to control. When compared to my other sanders using the same grit, scratching left by the 390K is negligible and almost undetectable.
And when turn it off, there is no ‘spin-down time’ waiting for it to stop, which speeds up disc or workpiece changes.
I have never used it with Shop Vac or dust collector, and have always found the built-in dust collection to be quite adequate (caveat: I do about 90% of my sanding outside).
The 390K is not cheap, but a wise man once told me “If you buy a quality tool, you may cry the day you pay for it, but if you buy a cheap tool, you will cry every time you use it”.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"