|Review by Bob Kollman||posted 09-09-2012 05:28 AM||3458 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
- Porter-Cable 390K 5" Low Profile Random Orbit Sander
- Brand: Porter-Cable | Category: Sanders
I sand a lot of wood…on average over 200 BF a month. I own a drum sander and use it a lot, but I find that for the final finish a ROS is the best tool. I have owned and used porter cable sanders for the past 5 years and I like them. The 390 low profile is a cut above the others.
This tool has been reviewed on LJ’s twice before, but it has been awhile and this tool deserves another mention just to keep it on your radar.
It is variable speed….I don’t use that option.
Powerful motor = maximum sanding results with minimal efforts.
Brake system= when you hit the off switch the sander winds down to a stop within about 3 seconds.
Effective Vacuum Port = I have a home made adapter to hook it up to my 2’ vac hose, clean no dust.
Smooth Operation = No pins and needle feel in your hand after hours of sanding. It is the smoothest feeling sander I have ever had.
I have small hands, a lot of women have bigger hands than I do, so gripping the low profile is a little tiresome, but it was just a matter of getting use to it. Most guys will have no problem with the grip. A positive trade off is the low profile that allows easier axis between tight shelf spacing.
Where I find the sander the most convenient is when I am using the bench vice for sanding. You turn the sander off drop it on the bench and there is no long wait for the sander to wind down. I sand a lot using my bench vice so it is a real time saver.
It cost a 100 bucks, about 50 bucks more than my other porter cable sanders, it is worth the extra 50 bucks.
-- Bob Kenosha Wi.