|Item Weight||9.9 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||15 x 9.1 x 7.2 inches|
|Item model number||342K|
|Amperage Capacity||2.4 Amps|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||1 Year Limited Warranty|
PORTER-CABLE 342K 1/4-Sheet Palm-Sander Kit
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|Amperage Capacity||2.4 Amps|
|Item Weight||9.9 Pounds|
About this item
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- Lightweight, handheld frame
- Powerful 2.4 Amp motor
- Efficient dust collection with POREX dust canister and dual dust ports
- Soft rubber grip comfortable for hours of use
- Includes sander, paper punch, instruction manual and kit box.
What's in the box
This is the sander you've been searching for. The Porter Cable 342K features a powerful 2.4 Amp motor and lightweight, compact frame that you can hold comfortably in your hand. Anyone serious about woodworking will appreciate the luxury of its soft rubber grip that lets you work for hours without the discomfort of excessive vibration. Plus, you can enjoy the convenience of effortless cleaning with the handy removable top cap and efficient dust collection with the exclusive POREX dust canister and dual dust ports with 1-inch and 1-1/2-inch vacuum hose accommodation. Backed by a 1-year warranty, this sander comes complete with sandpaper and a kit box.
From the Manufacturer
Porter-Cable’s 342 -1/4 sheet finishing sander is ideal for woodworking, home improvement and remodeling projects. The 2.4 amp motor delivers power and durability in the shop while its porous polyethylene dust canister exceeds durability of cloth dust bags for optimum dust control and management. Its dual dust ports accept 1 and 1-1/2 inch vacuum hoses. Rubber top grip improves ergonomics. Unit ships with includes paper punch and case.
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I decided - "That's it.... I'm buying the BEST palm sander they make. It'll be 3x quieter than this old piece of junk and it'll do a better job sanding too". After an hour or two of searching I landed on this Porter Cable as the best thing offered, with the possible exception of their more expensive 330 model.
Well, it just arrived - and I think I'm going to send it back and stick with the old one. It's actually LOUDER than the old B&D sander. I didn't think that was possible. It's got this great buzzing sound on top of the loud motor sound that makes it extra EXTRA obnoxious.
I also misunderstood what the "sandpaper punch" that comes in the kit was. I thought it was going to be a neat tool for cutting out 1/4 sheets of sandpaper - but it's actually just a plastic thing that you use to poke vent holes in the paper.
I'm SO disappointed.
Edit: I decided to keep the sander and I've bumped my rating up to 3 stars. I'm still upset about the racket, but other than that it is a good sander.
I own the Porter-Cable 303 Speed-Bloc and the 505 sanders. Recently, my 20-year old 303 1/4 sheet sander stopped working. Rather that purchase a replacement 303, I opted for a sheet sander with variable speed, a dust control vacuum port, and an easy way to attach and remove sandpaper. The sander I chose, after evaluating the Bosch, DeWalt, and other name brands was the P-C 342K.
Since purchasing the 342 a couple of months ago I've used it on a large table I'm refinishing. The sander fits well in my hand and the vibration is not excessive. I can use the 342 for hours without tiring. It's especially effective when doing horizontal or overhead sanding. Dust collection with the attached cannister is OK but I almost always connect to a shop vacuum. Sandpaper attaches easily and the pad clamps work well.
This is a high quality and very capable sander. I own several Porter Cable sanders and the overall quality of these tools is excellent. I'm very pleased that I purchased the P-C 342 and would recommend the 342 to anyone considering a compact and efficient 1/4 sheet palm sander.
I sold it in order to justify buying this one. I'm not long winded so I'll cut to the chase: You have to have skinny fingers in order to release the paper hold down latches. Once you release them it's easy to load, however. The unit vibrates a bit and after a while it feels like my hand has gotten a massage. The dust bad might as well not be there because most of the dust is on the work piece or on the bench or in the air. I can hook up my dust collector but sometimes that's not possible. I'm disappointed because I've heard great things about Porter Cable. I think I'm going to return it and buy the DeWalt.