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Old 11-04-2017, 11:52 PM   #26
Steve in Denver
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Maybe it's a new thing, but variable speed belt sanders are pretty common these days...the norm, probably. I don't think I would use it much - if I want it to go slower, I just apply a bit more pressure...

The Makita 4" sander is 13.0 lbs
The Porter Cable 4" sander is 16.0 lbs

Yeah, it's a bit heavy, but for what I'm doing (sanding the seams in the subfloor) it's great.

I'll have to retract my praise for dust collection...today it wasn't nearly as good at sucking up the dust...it may be related to the 36 grit belt and the large volume of dust it produces.
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