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Forum topic by DKV posted 04-06-2012 11:45 PM 1183 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-06-2012 11:45 PM

Many years ago I bought a Dewalt DW411 palm sander. Why Dewalt I don’t know. Doesn’t matter which brand. My first palm sander happened to be Dewalt. I love it. It has given many years of great service. Since most of us are brand loyal when I needed another palm sander I bought the Dewalt. The DW26441 palm sander to be exact. Supposedly it’s new and improved. It’s bigger all over. I don’t like it to the point that I have now fallen back to using only my DW411. Why? I don’t know, it just feels better. How many of you have experienced the same thing. Bought a replacement tool and wished that you could go back to the old one. There doesn’t really have to be a good reason, most of the time it’s just something that you can’t explain. How about you guys?

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 12:46 AM

It’s sorta’ like breakin’ in a new pair of work boots or a new girl friend (been workin’ on this girl for 32 years) it just takes time to get comfortable with somethin’ new in your space.

When ‘New and Improved’ costs more, does less and is uncomfortable, I usually cruise over to the most recent tool review and then jump the fence, too many great brands available.

Yes I feel your pain. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 12:57 AM

Len, does she have hairy arms? If so she’s a keeper.

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 04:17 AM

Part of the problem is that the many tool companies don’t always put out an improved model when they release new tools. Sometimes they just make a new model for the sake of marketing glamor. The other factor is that bigger is not always better. Sometimes it is but other times people just don’t need it for what they are doing.

It’s sort of that way for me in the realm of small pickup trucks. Apparently car makers think that making the small trucks bigger (if they don’t discontinue them outright) will make them better. That doesn’t work in my case. I like a truck with similar size and efficiency to a mid-sized car. The bed is mostly used for hauling light-weight but over-sized objects or dirty stuff that I don’t want messing up the carpeting. An F150 would be overkill but a car doesn’t suit me either.

Luckily I’ve got an old Ranger that should get me though several more years.

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#4 posted 04-07-2012 05:29 AM

It happens,my first ro sander was the dewalt,came time to replace it,the new had more juice,heavier,more vibration rubber,it didnt feel rite,sold it.

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#5 posted 04-07-2012 05:34 AM

Wee3, my thoughts completely. Unfortunately, I kept mine and tried to adapt. Didn’t work and now it sits.

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 01:07 AM

Here’s a good thread…

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 03:40 AM

I bought a Makita palm sander in 1987, I used it earlier tonight. Except for my compressor and air guns and a couple hoses I believe it’s the oldest tool I own. The same day I bought the sander I also bought a Mak miter box, in 1997 I bought Bosch 10” compound slide and gave the Mak to my father, he built boat trailers on the side and his home made cutter bit the big one. It died in 05 a couple yrs after he retired, the Mak worked 10 times harder cutting pipe and angle iron. Neither of these tools owe me money.

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