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PORTER-CABLE 352VS 8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable-Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

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  • Variable-speed belt sander with cloth dust bag; variable-speed dial 850-1,300 SFPM
  • Belt and gear drive system transfers power from the motor to the sanding belt
  • Designed for flush sanding up to vertical surfaces; dust bag swivels 360 degree
  • Fingertip belt-tracking knob; quick-release belt-change lever
  • Motor is located over platen for maximum performance and perfect balance
  • 8 Amp motor, ac only
  • variable-speed dial 850-1,300 SFPM
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Product Description

PORTER-CABLE 352VS 8 Amp 3-Inch-by-21-Inch Variable-Speed Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

Ideal for woodworking, cabinet making, remodeling, and home improvement projects, the PORTER CABLE 8 amp 352VS 3-inch by 21-inch belt sander is versatile and powerful. Used for heavy stock removal, sanding wood floors, repairing or fine tuning a woodworking project like a table top, the 352VS has been the industry standard for years. Its variable speed dial enables the operator to custom the belt speed to the work from 850-1,300 SFPM, and the quick-release belt-change lever makes belt changes quick and easy. The unit is designed for flush sanding up to vertical surfaces on the open wheel side. An extra large dust bag swivels 360-degrees so it can be moved out of the way in tight quarters.

All-Metal Housing

PORTER CABLE'S 3-by-21-inch belt sander features an all-metal housing that gives the tool a solid feel, makes it tough to damage, and lets you sand effectively without having to press down. This sander also does a great job of keeping belts centered, a terrific bonus because there's nothing more frustrating that having to constantly re-center a belt. The all-metal housing accounts for the centered placement of the belts. The sander remains rigid, even during heavy use, and the metal helps dissipate heat, keeping the belt relatively cool and in place.

This sander also has a variable-speed dial that lets you match the speed of the belt with the application, so you can speed up for aggressive removal or dial down for more precision. The handy 360-degree adjustable top dust nozzle--a feature you won't find on many belt sanders--lets you pivot the dust bag (or hose if you're hooked up to a dust vac), a huge convenience when sanding in corners or along edges. This quiet sander keeps the volume low thanks to PORTER CABLE'S gear system, which meshes more accurately, and to the sander's serpentine drive belt, which makes considerably less noise than a more common cog system. For a belt sander, this tool is surprisingly easy on the ears


What's in the Box

Variable-speed belt sander, 100g ceramic aluminum oxide belt, and dust bag assembly #39334. Backed by a manufacturer's 3 year limited warranty.


Key Specifications
  • Power: 120VAC,25-60 HZ
  • Amps: 8 Amps
  • SFPM: 850-1,300
  • Belt Size: 3 inches x 21 inches
  • Length: 12.5 inches
  • Width: 5.75 inches
  • Height: 10.38 inches
  • Weight: 10.75 pounds

Product Information

Technical Details
Part Number 352VS
Item Weight10.8 pounds
Product Dimensions14.2 x 8 x 10.2 inches
OriginChina
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Item model number352VS
Size1
ColorGray|Grey
Power Sourcecorded-electric
Item Package Quantity1
Included Componentsbare-tool; attachments
Warranty Description30 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
  
Additional Information
ASINB0000222XA
Best Sellers Rank #62,714 in Home Improvement (See top 100)
Shipping Weight12.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First AvailableNovember 8, 1999
  
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161 of 163 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Schenker VINE VOICE on September 15, 2000
After purchasing -- and returning -- the Makita 3X18 belt sander, I bought the Porter-Cable 352VS (eee my review of the Makita). What a difference!
This sander is powerful. I sanded three layers of old paint off a door in about 1/2 hr. The body is constructed of metal, giving it a nice solid feel. When sanding, you can simply glide the sander back and forth, without having to push down at all. Porter-Cable came up with a design that gives you a lot of power, but at the same time control over that power. This is what a belt sander SHOULD be like.
The position of the front handle makes sense -- it is up higher than the front of the machine, so you get a good position relative to the sanding surface. The handle is also designed to give you a lot to grab onto.
The dust bag is designed well. You can swivel it in any direction to get it out of the way while you're sanding, and it holds the dust without spilling until you're ready to empty it out. Also, it does a fair job collecting the dust, but you should never expect any dust-bag system to be perfect.
The meachinism for loading and unloading sander belts is very good. It is easy to place the belt in the sander and then tighten it up securely.
The tracking system really holds the sander belt in place. I placed the belt on the sander, held it upside-down, running the sander until the belt no longer shifted left or right. Then I began sanding, and for the whole time I worked, the belt did not move from center at all. Because the housing is made of metal, even if the belt DID move, it would not damage the sander, as it would on machines with plastic bodies.
All told, this sander is a great combination of power and ease of use.
PS: The 3X21 sander belts that Porter-Cable makes (the purple ones) are excellent.
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Larry on August 5, 2003
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I used the 352VS to sand a very large deck (45' X 18'), and it performed well. Here are my observations:
Positives:
- the sander is well-balanced and well-weighted. I did not have to apply too much pressure unless I wanted to get down deep.
- changing belts was easy, and using the adjustment control was equally easy.
- the handles are well-positioned and ergonomically designed.
- overall performance was consistent and even.
Negatives:
- the dust bag was often in the way, regardless of the its ability to be swivelled. Additionally, it captured only a small portion of the overall dust.
- it is quite noisy.
- while its metal casing adds durability and structural strength, it became extremely hot during use. I burned my wrist on it more than once.
- it was difficult to handle and maneuver in small, cramped spaces.
- the design of the top of the sander prevents it from being turned over and used as a stationary, counter-top unit.
Overall, I think its price here on amazon.com makes it a good buy.
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72 of 78 people found the following review helpful By patrick nelson on December 18, 1999
One of the major problems with buying tools online or mailorder is not being able to handle the tools. That really applies to this belt sander. I have used it for several years and it is a quality tool and durable to my contant abuse. The things that realy bother me are the positioning of the cord and the dust exhaust coming directly out of the top of grip and constantly getting in the way. The cord would be easy to solve if moved to the back of grip. The dust bag would be great if it had movable or adjustable exhaust ports (something like the Bosch portable planers).
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Wilson on March 21, 2004
I'm pretty sure everything that should be said has been said about this belt sander. I worked with the PC "locomotive" belt sander for years and that is a fantastic tool for heavy duty, continuous surface sanding. However, if you are looking for "medium range" belt sander (not too heavy, not too light) and versatile (can sand large surfaces, but is also capable of fine control for things like sanding the joints of frame and panel doors) this is the sander for you. I find this model versatile enough for all purposes even to use one handed for scribing panels, trim and moulding on site. The DeWalt variable speed 3 x 21 is too heavy for one-handed use, and the super light plastic belt sanders made by DeWalt, Makita and Black & Decker are worth avoiding.
Belt changes are simple, belt tracking is spot on, dust collection is quite good and the noise level is worthy of hearing protection during extended use. The dust bag and cord placement is fine once you get used to it, and as with any power tool don't let your mind, power cord or fingers wander (my sympathies to the poor guy who got his fingers sucked up inside... that's gotta hurt!). The clogging of the dust intake (not common with finer grits of sanding belts, but I've had chunks of wood get sucked up in there too) can be cleaned with a blast of compressed air from the outlet (where the dust bag fits on) back down. Although it would be good to have a vacuum hook-up to use instead of the dust bag, I've always found that dragging the hose around while your sanding becomes more of a pain than it's worth.
Powerful, reliable and a joy to use. Highly recommended.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By "blueskiesam" on February 21, 2004
I bought my first 352 (it's a single speed - before they had the variable speed and with the "Rockwell" name on it - before they switched back to Porter-Cable)and put so many hours on it I had to put new brushes, replace the shoeplate, and get it relubed. It has been flawless in it's performance. I've owned several sanders and used many, many more (I started in construction 30 years ago) and have become a staunch PC sander fan.
I have a monster PC362 4" for really heavy sanding but this one is light and easy enough to handle I pull it for my finer finishing work. The variable speed has to make it even more versatile.
It has plenty of power, doesn't run hot, and I've never known anyone personally that has ground up any body parts in one. Dust bags are annoying - period. But after using models that the bag is fixed permanently to the right side I much prefer the PC's one on the top, at least you can turn it away from whatever angle you are to the sander. I've found it very stable and sands extremely well.
There are some good models out there (Bosch has a good tool too) but for the money and the size this one is nealy impossible to beat: not too expensive, not too large, and not too small.
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