Porter-Cable 343VSK Random-Orbit Sander

WOOD magazine rating
Average reader rating
4.0
out of 5
Brand:
Porter-Cable
Model:
343VSK
Price:
$80

Description

• 3-amp motor for power and durability in the shop.
• Porous polyethylene dust canister exceeds durability of cloth dust bags.
• Improved ergonomics with rubber top grip for comfort.
• Top cap design allows users to service or clean out the unit quickly.
• Dual dust ports accept 1" and 1-1/2" vacuum hoses.
• Variable speed dial, 7,500 - 12,000 opm, optimizes removal rate on a variety of materials.
• Amps: 3.0
• Orbits/Min: 7,000-12,000
• Pad: 5", 8 hole
• Abrasive Type: Hook & Loop
• Height: 6.25 "
• Weight: 4.05 lbs

WOOD magazine review

Easy to grip and use

Review Summary

This style has been Porter-Cable’s mainstay for years, with a tall neck that provides multiple gripping points. Although aggressive, the 343VSK vibrated and rocked more than we’d like, and you’ll have to sand to 320 grit before it removes all scratch marks. Still, its on/off switch and speed control proved the easiest to use in our test of 12.

Detailed Ratings

4.5
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

5

Reader Reviews

Watch that speed!

Review Summary

This thing is aggressive, for sure. Pay attention to the speed setting before you hit the On switch. It does take a while to stop, also, after hitting the Off switch. Wish there was some type of brake on it. Other than that it's a great tool. Very efficient and easy to use. Gloves help to cut down the vibrations during extending sanding sessions.

Detailed Ratings

3.8
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

3

Ease of Use

4

Value

4

Good tool

Review Summary

I have used this for the past 6 years after replacing the previous model. Using it properly, not putting pressure on it, it performs well. The dust collection isn't good without attatching it to some type of collector like a shop vac, or dust collector reduced enough to fit. Otherwise a good sander.

Detailed Ratings

4.3
out of 5

Performance

4

Features

4

Ease of Use

5

Value

4

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