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PORTER-CABLE 362 12 Amp 4-Inch by 24-Inch Belt Sander with Cloth Dust Bag

3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
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  • Powerful 12 Amp motor
  • Motor is located over platen for maximum performance and perfect balance
  • Designed for flush sanding up to vertical surfaces
  • Belt speed of 1,500 SFPM for rapid stock removal Quick-release belt-change lever
  • Includes 100G ceramic aluminum oxide belt, dust bag assembly, manual
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Amazon.com The Porter-Cable 362 belt Sander features a huge 3 x 24 inch belt, a powerful 12 Amp motor, and a large capacity dust bag to keep the workspace clean and free of dust. Remove stock quickly with the 1,500 SFPM belt speed, but don't worry about this sander being too powerful to control--the 362's motor is located over platen to give this sander perfect balance and keep you in control, and the ergonomically-designed handles are comfortable enough for hours of sanding. When it's time to change the belt, the quick-release belt system makes it a cinch, and the fingertip belt-tracking knob gives the user a quick and easy way to fine-tune the belt tension.

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The Porter-Cable 362 belt Sander features a huge 3 x 24 inch belt, a powerful 12 Amp motor, and a large capacity dust bag to keep the workspace clean and free of dust. Remove stock quickly with the 1,500 SFPM belt speed, but don't worry about this sander being too powerful to control--the 362's motor is located over platen to give this sander perfect balance and keep you in control, and the ergonomically-designed handles are comfortable enough for hours of sanding. When it's time to change the belt, the quick-release belt system makes it a cinch, and the fingertip belt-tracking knob gives the user a quick and easy way to fine-tune the belt tension.

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Technical Details

Part Number 362
Item Weight 17 pounds
Product Dimensions 14 x 11.2 x 8 inches
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Item model number 362
Color Gray
Power Source corded-electric
Voltage 120 volts
Item Package Quantity 1
Certification certified frustration-free
Included Components bare-tool; attachments
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No

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ASIN B0000222XG
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3.9 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #67,280 in Home Improvements (See top 100)
#43 in Home Improvement > Power & Hand Tools > Power Tools > Sanders > Belt Sanders
Shipping Weight 17.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Date First Available November 8, 1999

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By A Customer on October 5, 2000
I was facing the daunting task of sanding a 34 X 72 quarter-sawn white oak table top I had glued up, and knew using my Makita 3 X 21 would challenge my somewhat fragile emotional state. I looked at the Bosch and liked it, but am somewhat partial to PC, and also saw the extra weight as an advantage, not a negative. I started out with 80-grit, but just was taking too long, so I switched to 50-grit, then graduated to 80, then 120. What a beautiful job this tool does: smooth, powerful, and well balanced. The key to using a belt-sander is to use a light touch, letting the machine do the work, and to make your transitions in direction (fore & aft) as imperceptively as possible. Try not to concentrate on "problem areas" and sand the entire piece uniformly & methodically. Think of the machine as "floating" over the work. This is a big unit that prduces first rate results. Oh, by the way, don't bother with variable speed, it just is not neccessary...
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This beast isn't for small jobs! If you want a unit with variable speed, you're kidding yourself buying a PC 4X24.This sander is made for full throttle. This is not a tool for being tender with delicate work, either. For that, buy a 3X21 with fine sandpaper and an orbital sander. But to remove a lot of stock rapidly without gouging, this is it. In my business, I've even stripped the occasional oak floor for refinishing with this tool. Unlike many 3X21 sanders that can gouge and tip, this sits on the surface like a couch. It's solid, smooth and stable. And as big as it is, it moves easily and is controllable. The dust bag is effective and pivots out of the way .Belt changing and tracking are a breeze. It's so powerful, I've never bogged it down. In fact, there is absolutely NO reason to apply downward pressure; just direct it. If you only want one belt sander for a variety of in-home tasks, this is too much tool. If you need a beast to do the heavy stuff the others can't do as well or as quickly, this is the only 4X24 I'd recommend
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Recently, while in the middle of a hardwood flooring project, I purchased this model sander at a local supplier. After considerable use, here's my assessment.
Positive observations:
- It's build like a tank and will probably run forever.
- It's well-balanced and offers smooth sanding capabilities
Negative observations:
- The metal baseplate or "shoe" that came with the unit started warping after 1-2 hours of hard use, due to excessive heat. Fortunately, I had taken the advice of another reviewer and purchased the graphite impregnated shoe and was able to replace the original shoe without losing time on the job.
- At 12.0 amps, it's still significanly underpowered. It almost stalls with a 50 grit belt and heavy pressure.
- It's dust collection capabilities are mediocre, at best. Even when connected to a large shop vac, it clogs continuously during heavy sanding. Repeated clearing with an air hose is necessary.
- The machining on the housing is poor, especially in the area around the dust collection opening near the back of the belt. The mating surfaces don't align, which adds to the dust collection problems since the dust collects in the misaligned joint. I was able to improve this some with a small file but access is limited unless you remove the rear roller.
- The label on this machine says "Whisper Seriers". I don't know what Porter Cable's definition of "whisper" is, but it's obviously much different than mine. Ear plugs are absolutely essential for the operator and anyone else within "whisper" distance.
Overall, I would have to say that there are better choices than this sander. I own numerous Porter Cable tools and have been satisfied with most but this one leaves me disappointed.
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This is a very large sander that works real well for large jobs. I used it last week to sand a large oak table top. Did a very nice (and quick) job. I prefer to use 80 grit paper for rough sanding, then 120 grit then finish sanding with my small finishing sander. I also connected the dust port to my shop vacuum. This really keeps the dust down and the workpiece clean!
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This has to be be the best power tool I have bought in recent years. I had bought a power planer for quickly reducing thickness of rough cut wood. However the planer is not really suitable for final finishing as it tends to leave deep gouges in the material.. I had a conventional palm sander, but that took too long to achieve results. So taking up the 30-day satisfaction guarantee, and checking out other manufacturers, I opted for the PC 362.
It was absolute charm to setup and use. You change belts by flipping a lever. You adjust the "trim" of the belt with a small wheel while the machine is turned on. With 50 grit, it quickly removes 1/16 inch in a couple of passes. So start with 80 and don't apply any pressure - let the tool just glide. Its 15lb and far more sturdy than bosch or dewalt competitors. However the weight is actually a plus, because it means you don't have to force it down to remove material. The dust bag actually works very well at removing the sawdust.
The main consideration was the price. However, don't think you'll get good results if you go for a sub- [$] unit. This is a tool any professional will use again and again.
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