|Review by Wiley||posted 02-09-2010 05:46 PM||2082 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
I bought this sander several years before I got into woodworking, when I didn’t know better. I finally replaced it yesterday, and can’t even ethically put it on craigslist. Hopefully enough googling will reveal the proper incantation to banish it back to the depths of hell from whence it came. The main problem is that it does not, as sanders generally do, vibrate from side to side. Instead, it vibrates in all dimensions equally. This has three main effects: first, it very quickly causes hand fatigue and even numbness. Secondly, it makes it extremely difficult to keep the workpiece still. I had to clamp a Rockler Bench Cookie between the workpiece and my bench, and it still frequently vibrates out of the clamp. Thirdly, it doesn’t do all that much actual sanding. Most of the motion of the sander is perpendicular to the plane of the workpiece, and simply hits your workpiece with the sandpaper rather than sanding it. This makes it much more likely to mar your piece when you’re using course sandpaper and makes sanding at any grit take far, far longer.
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