Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 37
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Roberto Glad I spent the extra money and got the Porter Cable
This belt sander is a beast. I was able to strip and sand a 10 x 12 floor in less than an hour on my first pass, and that is because the first pass had poly. The second and third passes took about 30 minutes. This sander has so much power I only ran it at level 5 out of 6.
Don't apply too much downward pressure when sanding - let the power of this tool work for you. It has so much power that when I put too much pressure I could smell the rubber belt a little. Extra pressure wasn't necessary.
Make sure when you change belts to adjust the tracking each time. Once adjusted the tracking stayed true until the next belt change.
If I had one complaint it is the dust bag. It didn't catch much dust at all.
SOLID construction. This thing is built like a tank.
July 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by queenursa Great Little Helper
Dependable little machine for refinishing our exterior deck. Couldn't have done the job as well or as fast without it--should have bought it sooner.
August 15, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by FireMan Refinished Wood Door
This did an excellent job. I did not have an issue with the dust filter, I was outside so no issue. It's a sander! Anyway, it worked great, saved me countless hours of sanding. I should have bought this years ago.
May 30, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RAB Workhorse of a sander!!
I'm not sure I can add to the comments on this tool that have accumulated over the last several years. But assuming PC has made improvements on earlier models here's my recent experience. I bought this sander to refinish my wood deck. It did a great job!!! As a novice I learned a couple quick lessons about using this belt sander - keep the power cord on your shoulder and behind you as you are sanding - keep the sander's dust port and bag in front of, and to the right of, your body. If you are left handed I recommend operating the tool with your right hand to minimize dust exposure.
I awarded the tool 4 stars because the wire clip fastener does not seal the dust bag around the dust port. The "blow by" dust goes everywhere. Even with the leak, the dust bag did fill to the 2/3 level and required emptying about every hour or so. I read that you can connect the tool to a shop vac or dust collection system with the proper adapters but I will likely dedicate this sander to outside work. All that said, I really like the feel, weight, and quality of this sander. I found it well-balanced in my hands, comfortable to maneuver over the deck, and very effective at removing the old material from the wood with 80 grit belts using very little applied pressure. During the 12 hours I spent on the job the sander worked flawlessly. It goes without saying that you must wear respiratory, eye, and hearing protection when operating the tool.
Assuming Porter Cable's built in tool life expectancy exceeds 12 hours, I would buy this sander again and recommend it to others.
April 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Wally great Belt sander
Great sander handles are placed well for one handed operation when belting scribes, needs a directional vent on motor fan exhaust
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tony Great product.
Great product. High quality and well made. Has a great sturdy feel and proven results. Its a little more expensive but worth the extra money.
February 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bammbamm What a time saver
I used a lighter belt sander on my kitchen cabs., half way through the project I bought the portacable.what difference. Great tool
January 16, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ScottyD Gets after it!
Excellent product as always from Porter Cable. Built like a brick you-know-what, and takes off wood better than a woodchuck could! However, only 4 stars as this is a heavy beast with lots of torque, which is the trade-off. For large flat sanding jobs, you'll want this over their compact belt or certainly an orbital sander, as they don't remotely compare to this model.
January 6, 2016