Popular Woodworking 2008-10 № 171, страница 47

Popular Woodworking 2008-10 № 171, страница 47

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The Hitachi sander hasa loose-fitting bag affixed to a transition piece that slides onto the tool. Not only is there no gasket or O-ring, but due to the shape of the fitting, there's no method lor hooking the sander directly to a vacuum (something other sanders have addressed. The Makita requires a separately purchased accessory). The dust collection was poor - dust gathered over the entire base of the tool and wasconcentratcd where the bag meets the transition piece.

The Festool sander hasa paper bag for dust collection. If you're a Festool user, you probably have an external vacuum. Without a vacuum, this sander ranks in the middle of the pack. And I don't think having to buy replacement paper bags is ideal.

A Sander in the Hand

Regardless of st ockrcmovalor dust col lection, if a tool doesn't fit your hand you won't like it. And when it comcs to sanding, who needs additional aggravation?

Each sander hasa unique grip. The fit and feel depends on your hand size and how you grip the tool as you sand.

The sander with the smallest grip is the Festool ETS 125(2n/i6'acrossihctopofthc tool). One of our editors dinged the sander due to the lack of a softer rubber covering:

RANDOM-ORBIT SANDERS

BOSCH

CRAFTSMAN

DEWALT

FESTOOL

HITACHI

MAKITA

MILWAUKEE

PORTER-CABLE

MODM • ROS2QVSK

11218

D26453

ETS 125

SV13YA

B05012K

6021-21

343SVK

Weight (lbs.)'

3.160

3.660

3.760

3.316

3.430

3.062

3.820

3.958

Dccibcl level

94

%

99

95

99

97.5

98

100.5

Price*

$78

549.99

586.88

S165

586.05

592.97

574

581.88

Dust

Collection

Canister

Cloth bag

Cloth bag

Paper bag

Cloth bag

Cloth bag

Cloth bag

Canister

External DC Hookup

IV

!%■

1\ IV

IV

I-iA

2'fo"

1V.2V

r, 1 Vi-

On/Od Switch

Sealed

Slide

Scalcd

Open

Scaled"

Open

Sealed

Soa led"

Amps

2.2

2.8

3.0

1.67

2.0

2.0

3.0

3.0

Orbit Diameter

>/,!-

S/J2-

'hi-

'V

V

VH-

'la-

Stock

Removed (ozs.l

0.352

0.496

0.384

0.192

0.352

0.352

0.416

0.416

Speed (OPMl

7,500-12.000

7.000 12,000

7,000-12,000

6,000-14.000

7.000-12,000

4,000-12.000

7.000-12.000

7.500-12,000

Cord Length

8V

8'5"

8'2"

13'3't

8'

67"

12'

8'

• No dust collection attxhed; • • Internally sealed switch; * Detachable cord.

• No dust collection attxhed; • • Internally sealed switch; * Detachable cord.

iVof coming loose. By attaching the dust collet tkm to the tool \ia screw threads, it s highly unttefy the dust hag tvtf (all from the tool.

Dusty seams. Residua! dust is aH around the body and hag on this sander. ti >ou see dust here, it's in the shop air too.

While Porter-Cable has shown improvements over itseadicr models, the transition pieces simply press-fit over an O-ring gasket. TheO-ringtightcnsthcconncction. The POr-tcr-Cablc390sandcrshowcdquitcabitofdust around the sides of the body just above the pad. Wc also not iced aitbomc dust while using this tool when wc worked near edges.

DeWalt and Milwaukee each have transition pieces firmly affixed to the sander. The DeWalt sander showed a small amount of residual dust at the front of the tool just above

the pad. and the Milwaukee sander exhibited a large amount on the dust bag at the scams.

The Makita. Craftsman and I litachi tools have other dust-collection issues.

The Makita sander has a bag twist-locked ontoa transition piece, but the transition piece slides over a tube-like dust pon and can easily be removed. There arc no O-rings to tighten the fit.

The Craftsman sander hasa frame that's heddinga cloth bag. but the frame simply slides onto a lVu* tube-like port; again no O-ring

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