|Item Weight||4 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||11.2 x 5.1 x 4.5 inches|
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|Item model number||330|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||30 day performance certification/One year limited warranty: Porter-Cable warrants its power tools for a period of one year from the date of original purchase. We will repair or replace, at our option, any part or parts of the product and accessories cove|
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PORTER-CABLE 330 Speed-Bloc 1.2 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander
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- Ergonomically-designed sander with solid metal frame design for a long lifetime of solid performance
- Sands at speeds as high as 14,000 orbits per minute
- Comfortable design minimizes vibration and allows for hours of fatigue-free operation
- Measures 4.5 by 5 by 4.5 (HxWxL) and weighs four pounds
- Includes abrasive sheet, clamp tool, and operating manual, please contact Porter Cable at (888) 848-5175 for more information on troubleshooting and assitance
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Other reviewers have done an excellent job on focusing on all the positives, so I won't waste time restating what they wrote.
For the price there are a few things that could be improved on:
1.) The old 330 has a metal housing, where as this one is plastic. Granted, on a cold day the plastic is probably more friendly, but I like the feel of the metal housing better.
2.) The new 330 isn't made in the U.S.A., where as the old one is. For the price, it should be made here.
3.) The new 330 is rated at 14,000 RPM, where as the old one is 15,000. This probably makes the brushes and bearings last longer, although the brushes don't seem to be the same quality as on the older unit. Either way, the extra 1,000 RPM helped a lot when trying to avoid swirl marks with a course grit. The 340 is also 14,000 RPM, but 1/2 the price.
4.) The new 330 isn't counter-balanced as well as the old, perhaps because of the lighter plastic case.
5.) The 330 doesn't have a dust collection system, unlike the 340. Granted, if you buy a 330 you probably have a downdraft table and don't want the drag of the vacuum hose to interfere with the feedback of the sander, but it would still be nice.
6.) You pretty much need the tool to install the sandpaper. Everyone I know (including me) who has a 330 uses PSA paper because of this. Bosch has an ideal setup on their 1297DK, which is also a nice sander, but 12,000 RPM.
With that said, this is still the best unit available for purchase that I've found. The hand grip is very comfortable, it's fairly quiet, and the vibration is low enough to not cause numbness after extended periods of sanding. Because of the price I'm giving the new 330 4 stars, although I'd have given it 5 if they kept everything the same from the old 330.
I've melted down a few Makita's and Black & Deckers (they made my hand go numb after 5 minutes use anyway) but this model just keeps on going. Not only smooth, it's extremely durable and easy to do maintenance on (and it lasts the years so you get the chance to).
About that key: I switched my old 330 out years ago to take adhesive backed abrasives and my newer one already has that capability. I never used that key anyway... a screwdriver did a fine job if I did want to used standard sandpaper. That is such a minor thing compared to the superior performance, life, and smoothness you get out of this sander.
After two sanders owned and a handful other 330's used... this is the champ. If you want a bigger sander, blow some pennies on a Porter-Cable 505... it'll last longer than you will!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it based on the other review here. Yes, they were right. For a quarter sheet sander, this is the standard. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John W. Owen
The PORTER-CABLE 330 Speed-Bloc 1.2 Amp 1/4 Sheet Sander is hands down the best detail sander I have used. Read morePublished 4 months ago by m r mittleman
Finest finishing sander I ever had. I just finished a big block of ebony every step from after planing to final finish. The control is superb for a light touch. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Aceto
I have been the owner of a model 330 Speed-Bloc sander for some forty years. When it became unusable recently, I decided to buy a new one, rather than rebuild the old machine, and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by warren
This is a very comfortable sander to use. It isolates the vibration quite well from your hands which reduced my fatigue during use. it is very well balanced too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Kevin
If you really need a finishing sander this one is exceptional. I have two. The older one I was used when I got it. They are very good. The service is very good. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lance