Porter Cable 20V MAX Random Orbital Sander

Cut the cord

I was gifted the Porter Cable 20V MAX Random Orbital Sander, Cordless, 5-Inch, Tool Only. I had it on my wish list to go with my other 20V tools.

This is a great addition to my cordless tools. Being able to carry it wherever I need it and not have to run an electrical extension cord is priceless. It is 12,000 OPM for professional material removal with a detachable dust bag designed for efficient dust collection. The vacuum port hooks up to a 1 1/4-inch hose for more efficient dust removal. It has a low profile for control when sanding and a dustproof switch for professional durability.

The rubber grip is comfortable as advertised. The tool uses a 5″ round sandpaper sheet and does as good a job as my electric sanders. I like the hook and loop sandpaper[1]. This sander is part number PCCW2058 and weighs 2.66 pounds (without a battery). It measures 7.96 x 6.11 x 5.74 inches and comes with a 3-year warranty.

At the time of this post the cost, for the tool only, was $77.23 Prime. A random orbital sander is also known as a palm sander. It is a hand-held power tool that sands in a random-orbit action. That is, in constant irregular overlapping circles. This technology was first used in 1968 by Rupes Tools[2]. Random orbital sanders combine the speed and aggressiveness of a belt sander with the ability to produce a finer finish than that available from a standard, slow-speed orbital finishing sander.

  1. Hook-and-loop sandpaper has a backing made of a material similar to Velcro. It has hooks and loops that are used to attach the sandpaper to a machine such as a random orbital sander or disc sander. This makes it very simple to change the sandpaper.
  2. Rupes Tools – In 1951 the RUPES 123 Stork is launched and instantly becomes an international hit that sparked the continued evolution of existing machine tools. In 1962 RUPES introduced the new TP/PC drill, the first tool in the world with a body in technical polymer instead of traditional cast metals. The new plastic material reduced tool weight and improved electric insulation, becoming an international standard. Moreover, this material improved worker safety, since it creates double insulating protection with low weight and excellent durability. Next, RUPES revolutionized the world of sanding by launching the first electric random orbital sander, BR 8 in 1968. To preserve the user’s safety, a dust removal system was integrated into all the RUPES sanders and in 1974 the first electric palm sander was introduced: The LE 7, a machine designed for single-handed operation.



Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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