|Review by MitchSaginaw||posted 06-20-2010 03:12 PM||3117 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I am writing to warn the readers that I had to replace the drive belt internal to my Porter Cable 371 belt sander after only 4 months of use.
This is a great tool for the shop for its compact size and ability to remove material fast with good control.
The problem is that the unit appeared to overheat and the belt came apart. I took it to a warranty center expecting to have it repaired under warranty but found out it was not covered and the repair cost $49.92. ($11 for the belt and the rest labor) The shop explain that Porter Cable rejected the warranty claim because they stated that it was a “normal wear item”
I only paided $100 for the sander which was a good price for what I thought was a good quality tool.
I am almost afraid to use the sander now because I don’t want to go thur belts. The owner manual provides no explanation on how to replace or inspect the belt. I wrote an email to Porter Cable with no response so I am posting this review.
Honestly I don’t believe the belt should have worn out in 4 months.