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Hitachi SV12SG Palm Sander Review
Competently executed, but hard to recommend
by Lorenz Prem on 08-17-2014 5:28 pm

While writing last week's article, The Best PalmSanders - 2014 Edition, I noticed I did not review Hitachi's SV12SGpalm sander. I ordered one, and it arrived just in time for thisweek's review. All my palm sander specific hopes and dreams rest onthis little green guy. Let's take a look if the Hitachi SV12SG canupset the palm sander rankings, or if it is yet another uninspiredentry.

The Hitachi SV12SG Palm Sander

The SV12SG is a 1/4 sheet palm sander from Hitachi. It followsthe traditional design closely wit

Ryobi S652DK Palm Sander Review
A little buys a lot
by Lorenz Prem on 07-06-2014 8:43 pm

What happens when you choose to go cheap whenbuying a 1/4 sheet palm sander? I tested the Ryobi S652DK palmsander in my shop to find out. Let's take a look, if this budgetpalm sander is a viable replacement for the more expensive modelsmost of us use in our shops.

The Ryobi S652DK

The S652DK is a budget 1/4 sheet palm sander from Ryobi. Sold atmany box stores it is the first palm sander many people own. Whileit was clearly designed for the residential market, it stillperforms respectably in more demanding sit

Porter Cable 330 Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 12-08-2013 12:05 am

In the world of 1/4 sheet palm sanders thePorter Cable 330 is an anomaly. It looks different and costssignificantly more than the clones that have invested themainstream market. Needless to say, we had to find out what was up.Let's take a look at what makes the Model 330 sander different.

The Porter Cable Model 330

The Model 330's design is a departure from the generic designthat dominates the mainstream 1/4 sheet sander market. Following alegacy of several decades the designers at Porter Cable decidedagainst introduc

Milwaukee 6020-21 Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-28-2013 6:13 pm

This week we finally made time to review theMilwaukee 6020 palm sander as part of our quest to review allimportant palm sanders on the market. This particular model has thedistinction of sitting at the top of the power charts. Selling atonly a slight premium we had to get it into our shop. Let's take alook, if the Milwaukee 6020 palm sander can turn its lead in thepower department into a win in the sanding performance test.

The Milwaukee 6020-21 Palm Sander

The 6020 is a 1/4 sheet palm sander from Milwaukee thatfollow

Bosch 1297DK Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 07-14-2013 3:18 pm

Palm sanders are always fun to test. Thesedeceptively simple tools always manage to surprise in one way orthe other. This week we took a look at the Bosch 1297D. At firstglance it seems this model distinguishes itself with a innovativepaper retention mechanism. Experience tells us there has to more tothis sander. Let's take a look at what the Bosch 1297D is hidingbelow that dark blue plastic shell.

The Bosch 1297D Sander

The Bosch 1297D is a classic knob style 1/4 sheet palm sander.It has a single speed 2 amp mot

Makita BO3710 Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 04-02-2013 12:25 am

In our quest for the best palm sander a verypromising contender found its way into our shop. Most people wouldthink the larger footprint of the Makita BO3710 is its moststriking attribute. What's more promising is the beefy, all-metalbase plate the sander sits on. It gives the BO3710 the foundationnecessary to challenge for the top spot in the sander category.Let's take a look if the BO3710 indeed outperform them all.

The Makita BO3710 Palm Sander

The Makita BO3710 is a 1/3 sheet sander. As such it is largerthan most

Makita BO4556K Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 02-27-2013 1:42 pm

Working our way through the lineup of 1/4 sheetpalm sander Makita's offering has found its way into our shop. TheBO4556 made a great first impression when it arrived in a ruggedand stylish looking carrying case. The sander concealed within,however, was very pedestrian looking. Knowing that looks can bedeceiving, we put the BO 4556 through its paces. Let's see if thetool was able to impress, or sink to the level of mediocrity thatis so common with palm sanders.

The Makita BO4556 Palm Sander

The Makita Bo 4556 follows t

DeWalt D26441K Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 01-29-2013 2:13 pm

In the world of 1/4 sheet palm sanders there areonly a handful tools most woodworkers gravitate to. The DeWaltD26441 palm sander is the yellow variety in this bunch. A lot ofwoodworkers and contractors swear by this little devil. Let's takea look at how well the D26441 did in our tests.

The DeWalt D26441 Palm Sander

The D26441 is a typical 1/4 sheet palm sander. It has a rubbercovered knob handle and a very square body. A dust collection bagconnects to the oval dust port in the rear of the tool. In mostaspects DeWalt'

Porter Cable 342K Palm Sander Review
by Lorenz Prem on 11-03-2012 6:24 pm

The Model 342 Palm Sander

The 342 is a 1/4 sheet palm sander. Two metalspring arm mount a sheet of sanding paper on a padded sandingplate. The sander follows a very traditional design for this typeof machine. There are no innovative features or gizmos to befound.

The motor and oscillation distance of the sander are on thesmaller side. Porter Cable designed this sander to be more of afinish sander than a rapid stock removal tool. Several designdecisions reflect this assertion.

The sander has only

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